Module title: Applied Music Skills

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS09132
Module leader: Katrina Burton
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture
Prerequisites

MUS08104, MUS08131, MUS08106
Language & Structures of Music 2.2, Core Music Skills, Keyboard Skills & Improvisation 1
Students should be able to demonstrate the learning equivalent to or have passed Core Music Skills. Any student wishing to take the Keyboard Skills and Improvisation strand within Applied Music Skills would normally have the learning equivalent to or have passed Keyboard Skills & Improvisation 1.

2018/9, Trimester 2, 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: Katrina Burton
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Weekly lectures will develop the relevant skills as applied to the specialism (LO1). For conducting students, this will involve regular practical demonstrations and exercises. For composition students, this will involve regular discussion of appropriate repertoire and student work; incorporating peer-feedback. For keyboard skills and orchestration students, this will involve technical lectures followed by the discussion of worked examples. In addition, there will be a two-hour workshop enabling students to gain a greater understanding of their specialism through a conducting masterclass, recording session of their own composition, open rehearsal given by a symphony orchestra or a workshop on improvisation. All specialisms will encourage discussion and peer-feedback (LO2,4), as well as a personal engagement with the music being conducted, performed, composed or orchestrated (LO4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
All skills studied within this module directly enhance employability for music graduates and foster communication and interaction skills through the expression of personal ideas in specific media, and through active class discussions both with lecturers and with peers. Students are encouraged to question and think ‘on the spot’; to work independently and in teams; and to reflect on their own progress and on the applicability of the skills studied to a variety of different contexts.

Assessment (formative and summative)
All specialisms will maintain a weekly programme of formative feedback from teaching staff and from peers (LO2). This may take the form of formal written feedback, or of ‘on the spot’ spoken feedback. Students select two specialisms from the four available strands (conducting, orchestration, composition and keyboard skills and improvisation), and each component of the assessment of this module is related to one of the specialisms that they ha

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 172
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
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: Classes will develop skills in stick technique and control, as well as enhancing skills in efficient communication between conductor and ensemble. You will also develop skills in score preparation and rehearsal technique, which will be further enhanced by observation and review of rehearsals and performances.

Orchestration: Lectures will introduce principles of orchestrating a piano score for symphony orchestra (triple woodwind, brass, strings, orchestral percussion and harp) using examples from the orchestral repertoire and worked examples in class. Combinations of different orchestral sections will be analysed and compared, and you will develop your technique from the simple stage of imagining a timbre in your head and applying appropriate instrumental doublings and spacings in the short term, to planning long-term structure and colour changes.

Composition: Lectures will develop your powers of self-expression through notated music. Through discussing ideas and concepts, and concrete compositional techniques, and through peer- and lecturer- review of work in progress, you will learn a range of techniques that will allow you to compose music for a variety of purposes. You are encouraged to develop your musical structures so as to now create larger pieces of music. You can adopt, and perhaps adapt, traditional structures or you can begin to create structures of your own. The harmonic palette used in your compositional work should also be beginning to broaden much more. You will gain experience in the preparation of professional parts which will be required for a workshop session towards the end of the module when your music will be performed.

Keyboard skills and improvisation: Lectures will help develop your practical skills in reading from open score (G, F & C clefs in 4 voices), and transposing textures in up to three voices a tone or semitone up or down. You will gain an understanding of and practical experience of the techniques of realising a figured bass accompaniment, in the style of a Handel Sonata movement, and will develop your skills in harmonising chorale melodies. Improvisation work will focus on a structured approach, based around variation forms, beginning with improvisation of melodies and their integration into formal structures and patterns such as the Toccata and Fantasia. Improvisation in a variety of modes (Messiaen style) and scales (eg. whole tone) will be explored, and there will be discussion on the use of improvisation in teaching. Please note that you need to have passed the Keyboard Skills & Improvisation strand within either Core Music Skills 1 or 2, preferably both, or demonstrate equivalent learning in order to take this strand.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Examine the relationship between musical notation and the experience of listening to, or of performing, music
LO2: Apply knowledge of musical features that are directly pertinent to the music skills being developed in the module and present your findings in written and oral form
LO3: Demonstrate evidence of understanding in the relevant music skills through a portfolio of work or practical demonstration
LO4: Express personal insight into musical material and elucidate ideas in oral form.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - BOWEN, J.A. (ED.) (2003) CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO CONDUCTING: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0521527910
Recommended - ADLER, S. (2002) THE STUDY OF ORCHESTRATION: W.W. NORTON & COMPANY, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9780393975727
Recommended - HOMEWOOD, S. AND MATTHEWS, C. (1990) THE ESSENTIALS OF MUSIC COPYING: A MANUAL FOR COMPOSERS, COPYISTS AND PROCESSORS: MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780951529409
Recommended - GOULD, E. (2011) BEHIND BARS: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO MUSIC NOTATION: FABER MUSIC LTD., 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780571514564
Recommended - LANG, C.S. SCORE READING EXERCISES IN 2, 3 AND 4 PARTS BOOK 2: NOVELLO, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780853603535
Recommended - LEDBETTER, D. (ED.) (1990) CONTINUO PLAYING ACCORDING TO HANDEL: HIS FIGURED BASS EXERCISES: CLARENDON PRESS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 978019318433
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