Core Module Information
Module title: Composition Studies: Originating Popular Music 2

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

Module code: MUS08148
Module leader: Zack Moir
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

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

Description of module content:

This module will present, and provide, 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 build on your knowledge of the underpinning principles of musical composition (gained in Originating Popular Music 1), but with a greater focus on the development of theoretical/technical/and aesthetic apoproaches that allow you to begin to develop a compositional approach that suits your style/working practices.

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:

1. Songwriting
2. Lyrical context and semiotics of composition/production
3. Sound and the moving image
4. Collaborative writing
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:

LO1: Explore the use of music technology in order to produce recordings that realise your compositional aims.
LO2: Express and exemplify practical applications of aesthetic concepts relevant to popular music idioms.
LO3: Extend and formulate theoretical concepts towards the realisation of your compositional aims.
LO4: Discuss and identify a range of musical resources in developing approaches to popular music composition/production.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Haftor Medboe
Module Organiser:

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 14/15 , WORDS= 750
Project - Practical 50 1, 2, 3, 4 34 , WORDS= 750
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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