Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS3016 : Minor Specialist Study: Composition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rob Mackay
  • Lecturer: Miss Emily Portman, Dr William Edmondes, Mr Phil Begg, Dr Mariam Rezaei
  • 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
MUS2041Approaches to Notated Contemporary Composition
Pre Requisite Comment

60% or higher in at least one of the following modules: MUS2041, MUS2016, MUS2059, MUS2050, MUS2015, MUS2017.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

1. To engage in a substantial programme of original composition that sums up the student’s undergraduate learning in composition, exploring a range of creative problems

2. To cultivate a professional attitude to creative practice and its presentation

3. To embark on relevant activities associated with the chosen type of composition, in order to maximise preparedness for further work in the discipline

4. To promote awareness of acoustic and electroacoustic methodologies, modes of expression and artistic outcomes

5. To create an environment where composition for mixed-media acoustic/electroacoustic is seen as a natural choice for the student

6. To promote creative and cultural self-awareness in a contemporary context informed by the past

7. To encourage engagement with and understanding of relevant music

Outline Of Syllabus

You will be expected to apply the expertise you have acquired through your previous compositional studies, to develop critical and technical skills relating to your chosen area of composition and awareness of its wider relationship to contemporary music and culture. Under the guidance of your supervisor and in response to your artistic development you may be required to work in particular ways (e.g. to compose for designated forces to suit workshop opportunities, to work collaboratively, to use creative writing or other divergent strategies). Alongside developing your creative imagination you will be expected to cultivate a professional attitude to your practice and its presentation.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

1.       Understand issues associated with structuring composition, including organisation of time, idiomatic practice, harmonic process, timbral and textural process, stylistic control etc

2.       Be familiar with contemporary repertoire

3.       Understand appropriate modes of expression (eg notation, idiomatic characteristics, performance instructions, studio technique)

4.       Take a broad and intelligent approach to acoustic and electroacoustic musics

5.       Understand their own practice in a contemporary context informed by the past

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

1.       structure new music from an informed perspective, engaging in a creative dialogue with music of the past - incuding the very recent past - the present and plausible scenarios for the future

2.       incorporate previous learning into original material, demonstrating significant development from previous stages of study and over the final year

3.       compose for a selection of forces, be it acoustic, electroacoustic or a combination of both

4.       demonstrate fluency in the use of appropriate modes of expression (eg notation, idiomatic approaches, studio technique)

5.       produce a performance and/or recording as appropriate

6.       work independently on a creative project

7.       Discuss their own practice, both verbally and in writing, in the context of contemporary culture informed by the past

8.       Discuss existing music, both verbally and in writing, demonstrating engagement with and understanding of relevant musical materials

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 ActivitiesPractical24:008:00Optional 'occasional' project but open to all students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Synchronous, online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1163:00163:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MUS3012Major Specialist Study: Composition
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars outline creative briefs, present models, encourage critical discussion and promotes the sharing of repertoire and student work

Tutorials monitor progress and secure the realisation of creative projects

Private study constitutes the bulk of the work, where students carry out their creative work

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
Oral Presentation151M20Oral presentation of work-in-progress
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A70Portfolio of compositions
Essay2A10Critical and contextual commentary on compositions submitted
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Aural Examination1MThe composition(s) discussed in the Oral Presentation submitted for supervisor formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolio demonstrates skills outcomes 1-6
Supporting documentation demonstrates knowledge outcomes 1-5 and skills outcomes 7 & 8

SEMESTER ONE ONLY STUDY ABROAD: The coursework assessment needs an earlier submission date but otherwise remains unchanged

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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.