MUS2018 : Contemporary Musical Materials
- Offered for Year: 2020/21
- Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Fleet
- Teaching Assistant: Mr Fred Hollingsworth
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module aims to introduce the student to further contemporary and cross-cultural understandings of the nature of musical materials. Students will be considering specific case studies throughout the course and challenging preconceived notions about what musical materials are, how they can be analysed/understood, and how they are performed. This module is partly theoretical and builds upon the Music Theory modules (MUS1001, MUS1002, MUS1004, MUS1005, MUS1015 and MUS1044) undertaken at Stage 1
Outline Of Syllabus
Students will be introduced to a variety of different musical practices, from other cultures and from different contemporary and popular practices, and will study these examples with reference to their musical material. These are directly related to the research interests of the staff delivering on the module and may reasonable include: popular music analysis, electroacoustic music, turntabalism, computer-coded musics, and subversive musical materials. Some approaches will be analytical but others will deal with musical forms that are seemingly resistant to conventional analysis. There will be opportunities to use early and modern recording technologies within the module so students should be prepared to perform during the sessions.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||8||3:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||24||3:00||72:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||24||0:15||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The mix of lectures and seminars are in regular rotation to allow for the musical material under consideration to be presented, discussed and then reflected upon in both predominantly lecture-led session and student-led sessions. The drop-in surgery hours are scheduled so that the students can meet with tutors at the music studios. The independent study enables the students to practice the techniques and textures they have encountered each week, which then inform the project work hours where they undertake the formative assessments set at the close of each week, and ultimately lead to the assessment preparation time where the students complete their summative assessment for the module.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Portfolio||1||A||40||Research driven covering letter for a job application|
|Portfolio||2||A||60||Think piece under the premise of a public facing publication|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The first task is weighted to reflect the student's engagement with the content of the module up to that point and their brief, which is grounded in real world context of a covering letter for a researcher, is appropriately worth c.1600 words. The second task is worth c.2400 words which is larger due to the need for the student to reflect upon their learning during the whole module and to respond to the portfolio brief which asks them to write a research-driven piece linked to content their learning on the module.