MUS2059 : Contemporary Music Practice 2
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr William Edmondes
- Demonstrator: Mr Kieran Rafferty, Mr Craig Pollard
- Technician: Mr Fred Hollingsworth, Mr David De La Haye
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
• 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)
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||2:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||12||1:00||12:00||1:1 tuition|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||112:00||112:00||Group rehearsals|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||2:00||20:00||Seminars - band practice in breakout spaces, group discussion, collaborative project prep|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||18||1:00||18:00||Student concert attendance and participation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||18||1:00||18:00||Concert 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Performance||10||1||M||30||Multimedia group performance [film soundtrack] 5-10 minutes|
|Performance||15||2||M||60||Band/group performance [15 minute set]|
|Essay||2||A||10||500 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.