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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5732M Applied Professional Practice

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Freya Bailes

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Applied Professional Practice provides opportunities for students to take a proactive and self-reflective role in their work and to develop professional relationships with others, for example via their own practice networks and our partner organisations. The assessment for this module will involve students working to a brief (provided by a partner organisation) and developing an appropriate research project and drafting the content for a funding application to address this, necessitating reflecting on musical practices for wellbeing.


This module aims to develop skills relating to professional practice as it relates to work in the field of music and wellbeing. By working with academic literature, policy and information directly from professional practice, practitioners currently working in the field, observations and reflections on own/other’s practice, students will develop understanding of what it means to work as a music and wellbeing practitioner and the ways in which that practice can be supported and enhanced.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will demonstrate:
1. An ability to develop a project proposal in relation to a brief, which may be provided by a music and wellbeing practitioner
2. An ability to reflect on the realities, opportunities and challenges of working as a music and wellbeing practitioner
3. An ability to communicate ideas to a range of stakeholders – in writing and verbally
4. An understanding of the range of ways in which music and wellbeing practice operates and can be evaluated
5. An understanding of how music and wellbeing practice is funded and how funding can be obtained


Through a series of seminars with academic staff and workshops with music and wellbeing practitioners, students will learn about the realities of professional practice in the field. Typical course content may include: exploring different models of funding, the process of grant applications, the nature of working with multiple client groups in the community and in partnership with others, making a case/argument for funding, presenting ideas in writing or verbally, reflexivity and reflection in professional practice.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours275.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

• 35 hours of reflection on practice (own, other’s, or a combination)
• 50 hours reading relating to project design, methods and working in the arts and health sector.
• 40 hours preparation for project pitch
• 50 hours of reading/research relating to the types of funding available, the types of projects which have been funded previously in health and related areas of work
• 50 hours preparation of draft grant application
• 50 hours of seminar preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The seminars will be run as discursive sessions where students relate their own practice and previous experiences to the content of the teaching. Their contributions will allow the teaching team to monitor student learning and progress and to identify those students who are thriving or struggling to cope with the course material. The type of discussions arising from this more interactive teaching approach provides weekly opportunities for students to obtain feedback on their ideas – both from peers and from teaching/visiting staff. Additional tutorial support will provide opportunities to work with individuals on their assessment preparation, which provides an additional means of monitoring progress, learning and engagement and for providing feedback on the development of ideas and work. Staff drop-in hours will be advertised to all students, and these are a useful additional point of contact if required by students.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15-20 minute presentation to the provider of the project brief. Students will pitch the proposed project and methods60.00
ReportThis draft grant application will address a given project brief and support the project outlined in the pitch. The application should be 3500-4000 words.40.00
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: 10/08/2020 08:43:07


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