Core Module Information
Module title: Lyrics: Narratives and Prosodies

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

Module code: MUS09157
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 hone your awareness of the role of lyrics in song-writing. Through analysis of lyrical case studies, and experimentation within your own lyric writing, you will explore themes such as: social commentary, introspection, story-telling, and scene-setting when considering narrative. These literary themes will be complemented by exploration of lyric in a musical setting, taking in to consideration its relationship with melody, vocal range and technique, and phrasing when considering prosody.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse and critically reflect on use of narrative and prosody in lyric writing.
LO2: Explore, through practical application, the use of narrative and prosody in your own practice.
LO3: Examine and engage with different literary devices utilised in lyric writing
LO4: Examine the relationship between lyric and voice in performance contexts

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Renée Stefanie
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning takes the following forms:
You will actively participate in lectures and workshops in which key concepts will be discussed, interpreted and challenged through group and/or individual analysis, activity, and discussion (LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4)
You will present and discuss ideas and/or works in tutorials or seminars in which concepts and their application will be explored, discussed and evaluated in relation to your individual creative interests (LOs 2, 3 and 4).
You will work on mini projects and reflect on results, working to parameters that take in the key topics explored in this module. (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4).
You will actively engage with Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) presentations and tasks provided on Moodle as a catalyst for critical reflection and review (LOs 1, 3 and 4).
You will actively engage in seminars, tutorials, forums and workshops, utilising principals of ‘plussing’ in the critique of your own work, and the work of your peers on the module. You will identify areas for improvement individually and as a peer group, and devise strategies to contribute to your individual and collective development (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Formative Assessment:
You will complete three pieces of creative work in this module, which will contribute to a final summative assessment. The first two pieces will be submitted for formative review and feedback in weeks 7 and 10. They will consist of a draft or complete set of lyrics and a reflection on its completion, including your intentions for the writing, how they were met, the effectiveness in meeting your intentions, and suggestions for development. Reflective commentary may be submitted in a format of your choosing. Feedback received in formative assessment may contribute to changes made ahead of summative assessment, and your response to formative feedback should be addressed in reflection for your final summative submission.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments for this module.

Analysis. You will present a 15 minute analysis of two contrasting pieces of lyric writing in week 9. Analysis will explore the themes of the lyric and how they are expressed through literary devices. Consideration will be given to context – exploring any surrounding sociological, political or personal issues on which the lyrics commentate. Presentations may be delivered live, at times set by the examiners, or as video essays. (LOs 1 and 3)

Portfolio. You will complete a portfolio of lyrics for three songs, to be submitted in week 14, one of which should be recorded in situ. Your lyrics will be accompanied by a critical reflection, highlighting your intentions for the writing, how they were met, the effectiveness in meeting your intentions, and suggestions for development. (LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Online Guided independent study 12
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1, 3 9 HOURS= 00.25
Portfolio 70 1, 2, 3, 4 14/15 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MUS09157 Lyrics: Narratives and Prosodies