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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2820 Music in Practice

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Kia Ng

Taught: Semester 1, Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least one of: MUSS1220, MUSS1320, or MUSS1520 or another module as appropriate to the specific topic on offer

This module is not approved as an Elective


Music in Practice aims to introduce students to specific topics within the field of academic practice-led research. Students will be involved in the development of project work, as directed by an individual member of academic staff, or a group of staff. A range of practice-led project themes will be offered each academic year. The content of each topic will be determined by current staff research and scholarship interests and activities. Projects are likely to be interdisciplinary in most cases, combining different approaches to musical practice, with the aim of increasing understanding of a specific research topic.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate the broadening of their musical knowledge through study of a defined area of practice;
- apply appropriate historical, analytical, critical, technological, psychological, scientific or comparative methodologies as appropriate to the design and development of a folio of practical work;
- demonstrate the development of musical practical skills;
- demonstrate the implementation of practice-led research skills;
- develop a sophisticated awareness of contextual approaches applicable to a specific musical repertoire or field of study.

Skills outcomes
Subject specific skills in music will include any combination of the following:
• Performance / improvisation skills
• Compositional skills
• Applied music technology skills
• Applied scientific research in music skills


Students will study one topic chosen from a range of research themes to be advertised to students in advance. The topics offered will cover different areas of practice-led research in any appropriate musical sub-disciplines or genres. Areas of study will typically involve activities such as musical performance, composition, improvisation, music technology, scientific investigation of music or combinations of any of these areas. The module will be taught via a combination of practice-led seminars and lectures.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning62.0012.00
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be directed to online resources developed to support the module. Resources will include material specific to each available optional topic, including links to relevant journals, conference proceedings, web sites and relevant materials developed to further illustrate methodologies and practice. A reading list will be provided for each area of study and students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the relevant research context in their approach to practical work.

Private study time will include:
• 20 hours of literature review preparation,
• 3 hours of writing up notes per lecture (12 hours in total),
• 3 hours of preparation per class (18 hours in total),
• 3 hours of independent development of practice techniques per class (18 hours in total),
• 40 hours for documentation of practice (including development of documentation skills),
• 20 hours of self-directed background reading and listening relevant to the topic

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via blogs on the VLE and practice-led classes will provide opportunities for staff and peer feedback. Staff feedback on interim assignments and monitoring of progress will also be available via email and/or the VLE.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review1500 words20.00
Portfoliopractical work equivalent to 3000-4000 words80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/08/2014


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