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MUS3093 : Folk Ensemble 3

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

Aims

Building on the work done in MUS1092 and MUS2092. Students taking this module will extend their experience in arranging and composing for a small self selected ensemble and will further develop their performance skills. The ensemble groups will be required to organise and present at least one public performance.

The aims of the module are:
• To enhance skills in ensemble playing - listening, balancing sounds, blending voice and instruments, playing tightly together, and complementing the sound of others
• To enhance arranging skills - building on the theoretical base gained from Stage1 and 2 Music Skills and Composition modules
• To develop further the ability to work productively in groups, negotiate outcomes and manage conflicts and tensions
• To use sound recording in the process of ensemble development in an advanced way
• To create and sustain varied and high quality ensemble performances

Outline Of Syllabus

To embark on this module, students will have to form themselves into self-selected ensembles and sign a learning contract to the effect that they undertake to fulfill all the module requirements. The ensembles will then address the learning outcomes of the module and produce work of a quality suitable for various public performances.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00concerts
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Studio based workshops
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1142:00142:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00ensembles
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Group work provides a focused basis for the development of performance arrangement and compositional skill within ensemble playing. The core of learning for this module lies in your communication skills, private and group research, which involves practising, listening, reading and researching as appropriate and will continue until your assessed recital.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance402A70A public performance lasting 40 minutes.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A30A memory stick of a selection of multi track recordings made during the year, with accompanying written tasks.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The recital will require students to apply knowledge gained from the module’s key themes through independent research and through the development of ensemble, arrangement and interpersonal skills.
A diary documenting the rehearsal process and evolution of arrangements should be kept as evidence that the student has engaged with the material of the module both during class and during private study time. A satisfactory level of engagement must be demonstrated to gain the mark awarded for the recital.
The individual student’s contribution to the ensemble over the year can inflect the mark for their recital.
The memory stick submission of a selection of recordings made during the year, variously foregrounding the involvement of each student in the group, will allow the differentiation of each student’s contribution also further develop the use of sound recording as an aid to ensemble development and documentation of arrangements will allow insight into the quality of the working methods of the ensemble.
The ensemble will be set four written tasks, to be handed in with memory stick submission at end of semester 2.

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