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: 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:
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 & 4).
You will participate in research and presentation into topics that contribute to the delivery of flipped classroom activities. These activities will allow you to learn through individual study and from the contributions of your peers (L.O.’s 1, 2, 3 & 4).
You will actively engage with Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) presentations and tasks provided on MOODLE as an introduction to core concepts of theoretical and aesthetic fundamentals relevant to popular music composition (L.O.’s 1, 2, 3 & 4).
You will consolidate your learning independently in the production of a portfolio of compositions (L.O.’s 1, 2, 3 & 4).

Formative Assessment:
This module is built on the notion of creation, followed by critique and reflection as the primary means of investigation. Through a series of weekly exercises you will receive formative feedback from your peers and your lecturer. These exercises will include compositional and analytical tasks.
There are 2 official formative assessment points (weeks 7 and 24) when you will receive formal feedback from one of your lecturers.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments for this module – each is the submission of a recorded composition and an accompanying rationale.

Assessment 1 (Week 14):

A 3-4 minute composition that demonstrably employs concepts covered in class and developed through further independent investigation. This will be accompanied by a written rationale describing stimulus, process and method, and critical evaluation are required as part of the submission.

Assessment 2 (Week 34):

A 3-4 minute collaborative composition (groups to be discussed) that demonstrably employs concepts covered in class and through further independent investigation. This will be accompanied by individual written rationale describing stimulus, process and method, 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 through the completion of these assessments contribute to your realisation of L.O.s 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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

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.

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