Module title: Composition 5

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

Module code: MUS09139
Module leader: Haftor Medboe
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture
Prerequisites

MUS08120
Performance Studies Composition 4
A body of work demonstrating associated theoretical, practical and contextual knowledge at a level commensurate with MUS08120.

2018/9, 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:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los

Teaching takes the form of weekly lessons. Each week will see the introduction of new theoretical concepts, mastery of which requires a large amount of time in self-study to ensure your development at the appropriate pace. Classes will be delivered by the module leader and specialist staff. Classes are a mix of workshops, lectures and tutorials, in which work for the coming weeks will usually be set. [LOs 1-4]

Throughout the module, you will work alone for long periods, organising your time in ways that best suit your needs and aspirations, and take account of availability of resources. Midi labs, studio and practise facilities will be available at the University throughout the period of this module. There are a wide range of published materials housed in the library on campus detailing a wide range of compositional methodology and techniques of orchestration. Please utilise these and devote considerable personal study time in researching different subject areas.

Research and Teaching Linkages

The module tutor is a practicing professional composer who informs his teaching from his experience in the music industry as a composer. Along with contacts within the music industry, there is a continual process of review of the skills required to successfully work as a composer ensuring that the taught content is as up to date as possible.

Assessment (formative and summative)
There are two summative assessments in this module; each an element of Assessment Component One and each worth 20% of the overall mark for the module. Each exercise must be accompanied by a written rationale and a DTP or handwritten score/graphic representation:

• An exercise in brass arranging
• An exercise in using unorthodox approaches to composition.

The skills gained for these assessments will contribute to your realisation of Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

There are two summative assessments, both elements of Assess

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 Practical classes and workshops 6
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Recital 20 1 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Recital 20 2 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 50 1,2,3,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 10 1,3,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will acquire a range of technical skills and musical concepts through the study of set pieces and through applied exercises. Concepts to be studied include chord progressions and extensions, and harmonic progressions. Techniques include arranging for brass and woodwind.

You will study unorthodox approaches to generating and developing musical ideas including algorithmic and random number-based composition. You will compose a portfolio of songs in the popular idiom, showing techniques developed over the course of study.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Construct and refine musical ideas that draw on harmonic and chordal structures other than standard 3 to 4 chord progressions.
LO2: Arrange musical ideas for brass and woodwind
LO3: Develop musical ideas and concepts through the use of unorthodox compositional techniques
LO4: Critically evaluate your own work and progress

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - RUNSWICK D (1992) ROCK, JAZZ AND POP ARRANGING:: FABER Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780571511082
Recommended - PISTON W (2003) ORCHESTRATION: TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780758175793
Recommended - ROSS A (2011) THE REST IS NOISE, LONDON: HARPERCOLLINS Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780007380862
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