Module title: Advanced Popular Music Composition

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: MUS10111
Module leader: Zack Moir
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture
Prerequisites

MUS09119
To be eligible to study this module, you will need to have passed, or attained the learning equivalent to, the module listed below.
MUS09119
Performance Studies Composition 5
A body of work demonstrating associated theoretical, practical and contextual knowledge at a level commensurate with MUS09119

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 individual lessons, mixed - at the tutor's discretion - with ensemble classes. The work of the module requires a large amount of time in self-study, to ensure your development at the appropriate pace.

Research and Teaching Linkages

The module tutor is a practicing professional composer who informs their teaching from their 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)
Assessment Component One has three elements:

- A portfolio assessment that takes place by week 29 and is worth 70% of the overall mark. You will submit a 35 minute programme recorded to CD. The skills gained for this assessment will contribute to your realisation of Outcomes 1, 2 and 3;
- A booklet for the CD, with critical and informative commentary on pieces. Your mark for this assessment contributes to 15% of the overall mark and to the realisation of Outcome 3.
- The construction of a MySpace site, or similar, containing biographical data and recordings. This contributes to 5% of the overall mark, and to the realisation of Outcome 3.

Assessment Component Two has one element:

- A diary (or 'learning log') of no less than 2500 words detailing your weekly progress through the module, listing techniques studied and practice routines, and critically evaluating your progress and performance. The diary need not be typed, but should be legible and informative, rather than in note-form. It should be submitted for the end of week 28 of the module. The mark given contributes to 10% of the overall mark for the module and contributes to the realisation of Outcome 4.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Throughout the module, you w

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 12
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 380
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 70 1,2,3 27 HOURS= .35, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 15 3 27 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 10 4 27 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 5 3 27 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 90
Component 2 subtotal: 10
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module has been developed for composers working in popular music. Students work towards the production of a portfolio of compositions of around 35 minutes' duration. They maintain a diary detailing and critically reflecting on the development of their musical ideas.

The work of the module includes:
- exploiting the creative potential of musical ideas, processes and materials through exploration and experimentation, regular listening, self-reflection and performance;
- developing materials into well-formed coherent musical structures for recording and/or performance;
- analysing and criticising work, in the production of a diary detailing progress through the module, expressing musical concepts in appropriate terms.

The portfolio should demonstrate a high level of craft skills of composition, should exhibit breadth of talent and should be produced to a high standard.


Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Conceive, manipulate and refine musical ideas in imaginative ways in a variety of musical styles
LO2: Demonstrate stylistic awareness, technical rigour and versatility in presentation of a portfolio of music
LO3: Deploy appropriate production skills in performance and presentation
LO4: Plan, implement, evaluate and reflect critically on your work

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