Core Module Information
Module title: Music Technologies: Making Music with Technology

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

Module code: MUS07142
Module leader: Dave Hook
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance
Prerequisites

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

Description of module content:

By studying this module you will develop an introductory level of competence in the use of industry standard music software to create, record and mix music. By exploring creative projects in two different Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), you will develop transferable skills and knowledge that can be applied to other DAWs, including those taught, and those which are not taught, in subsequent modules on the programme. The module is highly practical and provides the opportunity to examine typical workflows, practice skills and techniques, and apply knowledge in order to build your confidence in the use of the DAWs covered in this module. Over the course of the module, you will gain an appreciation of topics including file management and workflow; MIDI sequencing, quantizing and editing; arrangement; region/clip and track based automation parameters; MIDI effects, Apple Loops and sampling; audio recording, editing and manipulation of MIDI and Audio; effects plugins and software instruments; efficient session management and music for picture, responses to which will form the basis for formative and summative assessments.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Operate Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) for music creation
LO2: Demonstrate skills and techniques in capturing, editing and mixing multitrack recordings
LO3: Demonstrate the application of a range of skills and techniques in sampling and the use of software instruments

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Dave Hook
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning takes the following forms:
You will actively participate in bi-weekly classes based in the music lab, recording studio and practise rooms. Lab classes will allow the opportunity for practical application of techniques and skills and lectures will address recording theory, and effective and creative use of DAWs (L.O.s 1, 2, 3).
You will actively engage with Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) presentations and tasks provided on Moodle. You must review and experiment with this content on a weekly basis to ensure that you are fully prepared to apply knowledge in lab settings.
You will engage practically with concepts through individual and collaborative study, with activities contributing to the realisation of formative and summative assessments. Music Lab access for activities will be available throughout the period of this module allowing you to experiment with concepts covered in class and online content (L.O.s 1, 2, 3)


Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment takes place at six points across the module.

Trimester 1:
In Trimester 1, students will undertake three peer-assessed formative assessments. Each formative assessment leads on from class based practical activities that are designed to enable students to develop the practical skills and knowledge required for the final summative assessment in week 14 of TR 2. The work for these formative assessments will form the basis of online discussions where students will receive additional feedback from the tutor and wider class. The TR2 formative assessments are:

Formative assessment 1: 64 Bar Composition
Formative assessment 2: Sampling Exercise
Formative assessment 3: Recording and Mixing Exercise

Trimester 2:
In Trimester 2, students will undertake three peer-assessed formative assessments. Each formative assessment leads on from class based practical activities that are designed to enable students to develop the practical skills and knowledge required for the final summative assessment in week 14 of TR 2. The work for these formative assessments will form the basis of online discussions where students will receive additional feedback from the tutor and wider class. The TR2 formative assessments are:

Formative assessment 4: 64 Bar Composition
Formative assessment 5: Sample Based Composition
Formative assessment 6: Music for Picture

In addition to these peer-assessed tasks, personalised feedback is also provided during in-class discussions and practical activities.


Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments for this module.

Online Exam. Your first summative assessment for this module will take place in week 14. You will sit an online exam covering the content covered over the course of the trimester. This exam is worth 50% of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for this assessment contribute to your realisation of L.O.s 1, 2, 3.
Music Video. Your second summative assessment for this module will be submitted by week 31. You will produce a music video to accompany a three-minute composition you have created using music software studied in class. You will be assessed on the creativity, technical knowledge and musicality displayed in your work. This submission is worth 50% of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for this assessment contribute to your realisation of L.O.s 1, 2 and 3.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1, 2,3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Practical 50 1, 2, 3 31 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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