Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS1092 : Folk Ensemble 1

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Catriona Macdonald
  • Lecturer: Mr Matt Price, Mr Alistair Anderson
  • Technician: Mr David De La Haye
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

None

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

• To develop skills in ensemble playing - listening, balancing sounds, blending voice and instrument, playing tightly together, complementing the sound of others, giving space

• To develop arranging skills - building on the theoretical base from Stage 1 Music Theory Modules

• To develop performance groups and thence to provide performance reflecting current ensemble practice in the field

• To bring a different perspective to repertoire building than that provided within MUS1058

• To develop the ability to work productively in groups, negotiate outcomes and manage conflicts and tensions

• To develop skills in second-study instrument (by approval of the DPD)

Outline Of Syllabus

Compulsory module - please see module summary.

A series of weekly three hour small group (approx 2-3 students) tutor-led workshops will challenge and support students in the development of ensemble skills and the application and further development of arranging skills learnt in Stage 1 Music Theory modules. Students may be given listening assignments in preparation for specific workshops and will be required to undertake individual preparation for specific workshops. Ensemble groups meet for a further two hours per week for unsupervised rehearsal and development of arrangements. Ensemble groups will give at least one short informal performance to fellow students and friends per semester.

Students who have demonstrated ability and commitment in a second-study instrument may apply to receive up to six hours’ tuition in a second instrument, by approval of the DPD.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students should acquire:
•       An understanding of how ensembles function.
•       A balanced instrumental and vocal repertoire suitable for ensemble work
• Enhanced understanding of the individual’s potential and real contribution to an ensemble

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students should acquire:
•       Listening skills
•       The ability to play together effectively, whether live or in the virtual environment
•       Effective communication, negotiation, interpersonal and organisational skills
•       The capacity to document the process of group arrangements in ways that maximise efficient use of rehearsal time.
• Enhanced competence on second instrument (where applicable).

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching162:0032:00Online, synchronous. Tutor-led ensemble workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:0016:00Synchronous, online. Tutor led vocal group workshops
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1108:00108:00Individual practise and rehearsal
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00Synchronous, online. Where applicable may inc. up to 6 hrs tuition on second study instrument
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity162:0032:00Synchronous, online. Student led ensembles rehearsals.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time61:006:00Online, synchronous. Sharing performance/workshop events
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

N/A

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance152M50A recital lasting 15 minutes
Performance202A20Vocal group recital of 15-20 minutes
Performance101A30Interim Group Presentation (2-3 sets)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The recital will require you to apply knowledge gained from the module's key themes through independent research and through the development of your ensemble / arrangement skills . These recitals may take place online .

A diary documenting the rehearsal process and evolution of arrangements should be kept as evidence that the student has engaged with the material of the module both during class and during private study time.

A satisfactory level of engagement must be demonstrated to gain the mark awarded for the recital.

An individual student’s contribution to the ensemble over the year can inflect the mark for his or her recital.

Formative recital in Semester 1 (2 sets required).

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.