Module title: Composition Studies: Originating Popular Music

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS07139
Module leader: Zack Moir
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Haftor Medboe
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)

Teaching and learning takes the following forms:
You will actively engage with fortnightly lectures delivered by a team of specialist staff who will introduce key concepts and their practical applications (L.O.’s 1, 2, 3, and 4).
You will engage practically with concepts through individual and small group study, with activities contributing to the realisation of formative and summative assessments. (L.O.’s 1, 2, 3, and 4).
You will actively engage with Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) presentations and tasks provided on Moodle as an introduction to core concepts of music theory (L.O.s 1 and 4).

Formative Assessment:
There are three formative assessments in weeks 8, 11 and 27. The first is intended to provide feedback from tutor and peers, and subsequent assessments take the form of peer review in small groups. Discussion and feedback from each contribute to the realisation of summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments for this module

Composition and Rationale. Assessment for this module will be submitted in weeks 14 and 31. Both assessment submissions take the form of a 3 – 4 minute composition that demonstrably employs concepts covered in class and through further independent investigation. In both cases an accompanying rationale describing stimulus, process and methodology, and critical evaluation are required as part of the submission. Each submission is worth 50% of your overall mark for this module. The skills gained for these assessments contribute to your realisation of L.O.s 1, 2, 3

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 50 1,, 2, 3, 4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Practical 50 1, 2,3 4 30 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will present, and provide students with the opportunity to explore, a range of theoretical, practical, and conceptual frameworks, through which a range of skills and knowledge will be developed. In fortnightly lecture-workshops, you will be encouraged to consider some of the underpinning principles of musical composition (in the widest sense), but with a particular focus on originating (i.e. composition, writing, production, arrangement, for example) within the broad area of popular music. Over the course of the module, through listening, analysis and group discussion, you will gain experience in and knowledge of a range of topics including sampling, the fundamentals of melody, harmony and rhythm, orchestration/arrangement, popular music analysis, mash-ups/remixes, and working with mixed media. The delivery/experience of the module will largely be practice-based and driven by an ethos of exploration; you will be expected to write/produce music regularly and share it with peers – this will be used as a basis for group discussion, peer-feedback sessions, and formative feedback from staff.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate an awareness of a range of fundamental principles governing musical composition
LO2: Employ acquired skills enabling you to explore theoretical concepts through practical application
LO3: Demonstrate an awareness of the cultural and aesthetic context for your work
LO4: Communicate compositional/musical ideas using appropriate methods

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