Core Module Information
Module title: Lyrics: words and melody

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

Module code: MUS08159
Module leader: Renée Stefanie
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 develop your awareness of the role of specificity in description and language/word choice in your lyric writing. Through exploration of lyrical case studies, and experimentation in writing lyrics of your own, you will explore scene-setting through use of specificity and sensory imagery. This will include:Core themes in storytelling, such as who, what, why, when and where.Specificity in scene setting and interaction with consideration of sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, body and motion.Exploration of melody will include: Use of shape, repetition, and sequencing Use of intervallic neighbouring, skip and escape tones.Use of augmentation, diminution, space and Impulse in phrasing.Analysis, reflection, and practice in song writing will explore the relationship between lyric, melody and harmony for songwriters seeking to emphasise focus on the storytelling content and context in your music.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Consider and critically reflect on use of specificity in lyric writing when setting scene or telling story.

LO2: Extend your awareness of the role of lyric writing through practical experimentation within your own song writing practice

LO3: Explore the relationship between lyric, melody and harmony in song writing contexts

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, In Person,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Renée Stefanie
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 160
Independent Learning Guided independent study 6
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Online Guided independent study 8
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 40 1~2~3 WEEK 11 , WORDS= EQUIVALENT 3000
Portfolio 60 1~2~3 Exam Period , WORDS= equivalent 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Lyrics; Words and melody