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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5231M Composition Studies

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Scott McLaughlin
Email: s.mclaughlin@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally first degree in music; demonstrable knowledge of music and musical terminology, and experience of composition and compositional techniques.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The precise nature of compositional study in this module is decided in consultation with the module tutor, and is taught tutorially. This module may allow for students to explore and develop more commercially applicable work; thus arrangements/orchestrations for standard ensemble forces may be included. Students may wish to take the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of interest (in choral or brass ensemble music, for example). However, most successful folios will consist of titles drawn from different artistic and commercial sources. A folio will typically consist of two items. The second component is a two-week take-away paper which takes the form of several possible commission requests, one of which the student must choose.Pre-requisite: normally first degree in music; demonstrable knowledge of music and musical terminology, and experience of composition and compositional techniques.

Objectives

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Write idiomatically for standard instruments and instrumental groupings.
- Show an awareness of stylistic trends as appropriate to the genre/style under scrutiny.
- Demonstrate an awareness of what constitutes professionally viable work which may include the use of electronic resources and music for video and film as appropriate.
- To be able to compose within a limited timeframe via a two-week take-away paper.

Syllabus

The precise nature of compositional study in this module is decided in consultation with the module tutor. This module may allow for students to explore and develop more commercially applicable work; thus arrangements/orchestrations for standard ensemble forces may be included. Students may wish to take the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of interest (in choral or brass ensemble music, for example). However, most successful folios will consist of titles drawn from different artistic and commercial sources. A folio will typically consist of two items. The second component is a two-week take-away paper which takes the form of several possible commission requests, one of which the student must choose.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Tutorial111.0011.00
Private study hours289.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

289 hours which involves potentially analysing other composer’s scores and/or recordings, exploring multimedia opportunities and potentially collaborating with an artist from another discipline, writing the music for the portfolio/doing the commentary.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored on a regular basis via tutorials and VLE communication systems. Formative assessment is provided in student-led seminars where staff give feedback on student progress and advice for future development and presentation of work.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work1 item, accompanied by a commentary of 500-1000 words50.00
Assignmenta 'commission' in the form of a 2-week take-away paper50.00
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: 22/03/2018

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