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Module

MUS1097 : Creative Projects

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bennett Hogg
  • Lecturer: 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

Aims

•       to be able to work effectively in response to a set creative challenge
•       to encounter new working processes in the realisation of musically creative works, broadening the range of techniques and approaches to contemporary creativity
•       to develop imagination and confidence in creative risk-taking
•       to be able to constructively and critically evaluate one’s own work and that of others
•       to acquire a broader knowledge of the different types of contemporary music practice through focussed listening to selected repertoire.

This module introduces students to a range of contemporary creative practices through a series of projects that may include improvised, notated, electroacoustic and other music-making techniques, as well as directed listening assignments connected to each project. It is a practical and experience-based course, delivered through lectures which outline the aims and expected achievements for each project, followed by weekly practical workshops in which students work with the project leaders, receiving support and feedback on their work. Each project also has directed listening assignments. Students will also be required to work independently in groups to develop their projects, and to engage in self-reflection and critical debate through peer-review.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces students to a range of contemporary creative practices through a series of directed projects that may include notated, electroacoustic, improvised and other forms of contemporary creative. It is a practical and experience-based course, delivered through lectures which outline the aims and expected achievements for each project, followed by weekly practical workshops in which students work with project leader(s), receiving support and feedback on their work.

An important aspect of the module involves listening to set repertoire and reflecting on ways it may inform the student's own creativity.

Students will also be required to work independently, both on their own and in small groups, in order to develop their creative projects. Projects will include critical discussion and evaluation in modes appropriate for the different approaches, encouraging peer-review and self-critical reflection.

The module consists of several different creative projects, each of which is introduced by a lecture, with associated listening assignments. Students develop their particular projects through a series of supervised practical workshops and independent meetings outside of the taught sessions. The module is designed to challenge some assumptions about musical creativity, and at the same time upon up new possibilities for ways of making and listening to contemporary musics.

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 ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Online asynchronous with direction for practical projects
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Online synchronous working on projects under supervision
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity122:0024:00Collaborative practice & research, either online synchronous/asynchronous or PiP depending on circs
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:00Listening assignments set weekly throughout year
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1136:00136:00Individual creative work, prep of portfolio, written commentary and research
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale and relationship to learning outcomes:
• lectures introduce and critically discuss creative techniques, demonstrating how they can be used, and illustrating this through reference to selcted examples from the contemporary repertoire. Guidelines and examples of practical projects to be carried out by students are included.
• small group teaching takes the form of supervised workshops, supporting and critically evaluating the progress of each group of students, as well as suggesting possible strategies with which to approach the creative challenges set
• student-led group activity puts the initiative into the students “court”, and also allows for the development of internal group creative dynamics, freedom to experiment, and also to practice, refine and hone creative and performance skills (rehearsal). Depending on circumstances this may or may not be delivered online synschronous, with elements of asynchronous collaboration (e.g. file-sharing)
• within this structure group “crits” will be included to allow for peer-appraisal of work produced, foster a sense of collectivity and support, demonstrate the diversity of possible solutions to any given creative problem, and foster informed and constructive critical evaluation of the students’ own work, and the work of their peers
•       listening assignments lead to greater awareness of the diversity of creative opportunities in the present day, develop critical skills in evaluating the work of others, and by reflection on the student's own creative work, as well as developing listening skills more generally.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A40portfolio developed during 1st semester, with written commentaries where relevant
Portfolio2A40portfolio developed during 2nd semester, with written commentaries where relevant
Written exercise1M10portfolio of listening assignments completed and submitted throughout the semester via Canvas
Written exercise2M10portfolio of listening assignments completed and submitted throughout the semester via Canvas
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

• this is an experiential and practice-based course, and the success, or otherwise, of the students’ work is measured by the success with which they produce an engaged and creative response to the challenges set
• the group work also evidences the degree to which the students have mastered techniques for working collaboratively in a positive and productive manner
• written reports are included on each portfolio to act as both a measure of each individual student’s engagement with, and understanding of, the process of working collaboratively, and allows students the opportunity to evidence their critical skills, imaginative insights, and to show that they can appropriately contextualise their own creative work in relation to selected contemporary repertoire works.
•       portfolio of listening assignments evidences completion of this aspect of the study; the aural examination tests the student's ability to identify and comment upon selected repertoire studied

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