MUS2059 : Contemporary Music Practice 2

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To develop group performance skills and encourage creativity and collaboration between students working in areas of contemporary music performance not associated with conventional notated composition
• To develop individual abilities in performance and arranging
• To prepare students for specialist study in popular music performance where appropriate
• To develop skills working within a contemporary performance and distribution environment that is constantly reconfigured through advancements I production technology and dissemination/publication

Outline Of Syllabus

During semester one students will work in various collaborative settings designed to introduce key concepts in contemporary performance and expression. After five weeks students will be assigned specific groups in which they will work for the remainder of semester one in preparation for a directed and devised, assessed performance during the last week before the Christmas vacation (which takes the form of a collaborative live score for a cinematic film presentation).

Ahead of semester two, students are reorganised into new groups in order to prepare for the final assessment in May, which is a public performance and/or public presentation of a collaborative work (possibly multimedia depending on the direction taken by a given group)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:001:1 tuition
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1112:00112:00Group rehearsals
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Seminars - band practice in breakout spaces, group discussion, collaborative project prep
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork181:0018:00Student concert attendance and participation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork181:0018:00Concert attendance (professional lunchtime concerts)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars introduce and develop performance, arranging and collaboration skills; this is reinforced by group learning where students practise and improve these skills; lectures introduce vernacular (predominantly non-notated) music skills, contextualize repertoire and critical frameworks for situating practice; 1:1 instrumental lessons allow students to work intensively on their own technical skills on their instrument or voice.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance101M30Multimedia group performance [film soundtrack] 5-10 minutes
Performance152M60Band/group performance [15 minute set]
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A10500 word critical commentary relating to course content and student experience
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first (semester 1) public performance (film soundtrack) demonstrates musical, creative and collaborative skills in a finished professional level of group performance within an audiovisual context. The group mark is the same for all members of the band, reflecting the collaborative aspect of the performance.

The second (semester 2) public performance demonstrates musical, creative and collaborative skills in a finished professional level of group performance or collective presentation of collaborative multi-media work. Students receive individual marks for this component: individual marks are arrived at through a combination of assessing a student’s contribution within the performance itself and regular observation by teaching staff during group tutorials (in rehearsal) providing a more established view of a given participant’s role and contribution.

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