MUS2041 : Approaches to Notated Contemporary Composition
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Rowan
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To explore the craft of musical composition through practical engagement with a range of methods and techniques selected from a plurality of repertoires.
To facilitate understanding of recent compositional trends through practice of their methods and techniques.
To encourage individual creativity.
To promote active engagement with a variety of recent creative approaches and styles.
To lay the foundations for further compositional study
To strengthen skills in music notation.
To explore issues of idiomatic writing for a variety of forces.
Outline Of Syllabus
This module will help you engage with a range of current techniques of composition, combining theoretical understanding with practical application. Each lecture will introduce a technique, resulting in an assignment that will be considered at the following seminar. Where possible completed assignments will be played or sung at the class by the students themselves. The use of Sibelius software will be required for at least part of the module
Typically topics could include techniques of rhythmic invention, world and contemporary modality, textural techniques and paraphrase. Models and paradigms could be taken from contemporary classical, world and British musics.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||2:00||16:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||16||1:00||16:00||seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||130:00||130:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures outline and illustrate each technique. Seminars, held in small groups, monitor students’ understanding and progress, providing opportunities for self- and mutual assessment of progress.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Portfolio||1||A||40||Composition Portfolio (notated scores, written assignment)|
|Portfolio||2||A||60||Composition Portfolio (notated scores, written assignment)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Portfolios demonstrate attainment of technical and aesthetic development through creative output