Core Module Information
Module title: Composition & Orchestration

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

Module code: MUS08155
Module leader: Ken Dempster
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

- Awareness of fundamental principles of musical composition;
- Acquired skills in exploring theoretical musical concepts;
- Communicating compositional ideas using appropriate methods.

Description of module content:

In this module you will learn to write for specific instrumental and vocal combinations which may include choir, solo piano, and trios/quartets. These pieces will be performed and workshopped through the course of the module to give you the direct experience of hearing what you are writing. Performers (including both staff and students) will offer feedback which will at once give you vital advice on writing and scoring, and enhance your professional skills as a composer. Specific sessions on musical notation will enable you to express yourself clearly and effectively.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Explore creative strategies in order to extend your musical imagination;

LO2: Examine and exemplify specific applications of musical elements (pitch, line, harmony, sonority, rhythm, texture, etc.);

LO3: Develop insight into structure and pacing as they relate to musical expression;

LO4: Utilise a problem-solving approach to notational challenges;

LO5: Differentiate between different instruments and idioms;

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: Ken Dempster
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 50 1,2,3,4,5 13
Project - Practical 50 1,2,3,4,5 31
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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