Module title: Core Music Skills 1

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08141
Module leader: Ken Dempster
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

MUS07132 and MUS07133

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: Ken Dempster
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 184
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1,2,4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 40 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 10 1,2,4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 40 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Conducting: Lectures will cover the basics of beat pattern and cuing to enable efficient communication between conductor and ensemble. You will also gain experience in marking up a score.

Orchestration: Lectures will introduce first principles of orchestrating a piano score for chamber orchestra (double woodwind, French horns, strings) using examples from the orchestral repertoire and worked examples in class. You will begin to develop your technique from the simple stage of creating an effective layout of the score and understanding how best to distribute the orchestral forces as well as imagining a timbre and then applying appropriate instrumental doublings and spacings.

Keyboard skills: You will gain an understanding of and practical experience of the techniques of realising a figured bass accompaniment. You will also develop skills in transposing one or two voiced textures a tone or semitone up or down. Improvisation work will introduce you to Free Improvisation, in response to visual stimuli.

Composition: Lectures will develop your powers of self-expression through notated music. A range of ideas, concepts, and concrete compositional techniques, will be discussed in class. Through peer- and lecturer-review of work in progress, you will compose a work for two instruments.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Develop insight into the connection between musical notation and the experience of listening to, or of performing music;
LO2: Make observations of musical features that are directly pertinent to the music skill being developed in the module;
LO3: Present evidence of understanding in the relevant music skill through a portfolio of work or practical demonstration;
LO4: Express personal insight into musical material

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