Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS2092 : Folk Ensemble 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Catriona Macdonald
  • Lecturer: Mr Matt Price
  • 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
Code Title
MUS1092Folk Ensemble 1
Pre Requisite Comment

This module is open to W300, W304 and W301 students who have a background in Folk playing. A short audition with Module Leader is required before joining this module.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

Building on MUS1092, a series of weekly two hour small group (Max 4 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 will be given listening assignments in preparation for specific workshops, and the ensembles will work with both prescribed digital collections and self-selected repertoire. Ensemble groups meet for a further two hours per week for unsupervised rehearsal in order to further develop arrangements. As part of the learning and self-assessment process ensembles will further develop their vocal group skills in the area of vocal arrangement and use of online choral apps. Ensemble groups will give at least one short informal presentation to fellow students and friends per semester, and will also take part in a performance opportunity hosted in collaboration with The Sage Gateshead.

The aims of the module are:

• To enhance skills in ensemble playing - listening, balancing sounds, blending voice and instruments, playing tightly together, giving each other musical space and complementing the sound of others
• To enhance arranging skills - building on the theoretical base gained in and compliment MUS2050 if taken.
. To develop further the ability to work productively in groups, negotiate outcomes and manage conflicts and tensions
• To use audio and online recording in the process of ensemble development

Outline Of Syllabus

Compulsory module - please see module aims

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students should acquire:
• A more developed understanding of how ensembles function
• A balanced instrumental and vocal repertoire suitable for ensemble performances
• A developed understanding of the use of audio sound recording as a rehearsal and creative tool
• A practical understanding of group dynamics and effective strategies to produce positive outcomes from group situations.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students should acquire more effective:
• listening skills
• abilities to play together in a performance environment mirroring current practice in the field
• communication and organisational skills and abilities to work productively in groups, negotiate outcomes and manage conflicts and tensions
• capacities to document the process of group arrangements in ways that maximise efficient use of rehearsal time
• arrangement and compositional skills and concepts learnt in previous modules and elsewhere
• abilities to use of sound recording positively in ensemble development.

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 teaching162:0032:00Tutor -led ensemble workshops. Synchronous online – timetabled.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1131:00113:00Individual practice. Non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:0016:00Vocal group workshops. Synchronous, online
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity162:0032:00Unsupervised student led group rehearsals. Synchronous online – timetabled
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:002 x 30 minutes Phone calls /live chat by appointment (optional)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time61:006:00Listening sessions. Synchronous, online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In addition to weekly, 2 hour , staff led sessions, and 2 hours of unsupervised ensemble work. Ensemble groups will perform in regular student concerts on Thursday Performance afternoons, and will also take part in a performance opportunity in collaboration with The Sage Gateshead in Semester 1.

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
Performance151M15Interim recital/presentation, 3 ensemble sets (15 minutes)
Performance202A50A public recital lasting 20 minutes or audio recordings of materials in online assessment mode
Performance152A15Vocal group recital
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A20A collective vocal group arrangement submitted as an audio recording and Sibelius score.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A summative interim recital lasting 15 minutes in semester 1 will reward work done in ensemble groups during the early part of the academic year.

The summer recital will require students to apply knowledge gained from the module’s key themes through independent research and through the development of ensemble arrangement and interpersonal skills.
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.

The Vocal group arrangement submitted in semester 2 will evidence work done on collectively creating a vocal arrangement for the stage 2 group, and capturing the arrangement both in audio and notated formats.

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.