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Module

MUS3012 : Major Specialist Study: Composition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bennett Hogg
  • Lecturer: Dr Mariam Rezaei, Miss Emily Portman, Dr William Edmondes
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

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.

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.

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 project but open to all students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery60:303:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1363:00363:00N/A
Total400:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MUS3016Minor Specialist Study: Composition
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures outline creative briefs, introduce and discuss repertoire, encourage critical discussion and promotes sharing of repertoire.

Small-group teaching brings together students supervised by the same supervisor for peer discussion and more detailed scrutiny of relevant repertoire, as well as sharing works-in-progress with their immediate peers, and receiving feedback from peers and supervisor in a group context.

Tutorials provide student-specific, in-depth scrutiny of work-in-progress and technical and aesthetic advice and instruction as required by the individual student.

Private study constitutes the bulk of the work where students experiment, collaborate where appropriate, and execute works to be included in their final portfolio.

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
Design/Creative proj1MThe 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 1-6 and skills outcomes 7 & 8

Reading Lists

Timetable