Core Module Information
Module title: Practical Musicianship; Improvisation

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

Module code: MUS10141
Module leader: Haftor Medboe
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 encourages you to develop and enhance your autonomy as a musician with a focus on improvisation. You will develop confidence as an improviser in various musical contexts. This includes extemporising within musical frameworks, in response to external stimuli, in collaboration within an ensemble, and as an exploratory creative tool that empowers risk, exploration and experimentation. In group tutorials you will be empowered to foster the trust, confidence, tolerance and empathy that are valuable for engaging in improvisation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Examine the influence of creative risk and personal mindset when developing strategies for improvisation in musical contexts.
LO2: Synthesise skills in communication, active listening and musicianship when initiating, or responding to, musical ideas.
LO3: Explore the relationship between technical proficiency, knowledge and perception when responding to stimuli.
LO4: Explore improvisation as a catalyst for achieving creative ‘flow’ and critically reflect on results.

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

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning takes the following forms:
You will actively participate in tutorials, seminars and workshops in which your skills in communication, active listening, and problem solving will be enhanced through group and/or individual exploration, experimentation, and discussion (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4).
You will actively engage with Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) presentations and tasks provided on Moodle as an introduction to core concepts of relevant psychology and mindset (LOs 1, 2 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 development 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:
Formative Assessment regularly occurs in tutorial settings.
Students will be invited to post works in progress within the VLE for peer and tutor review in weeks 10 and 12. Feedback will follow principles of ‘plussing’, in which critique is given dispassionately and criticism is always followed up with an offer of a solution, addition or amendment.

Summative Assessment:
Portfolio. You will be asked to document your development as an improviser through diary entries, audio and video recordings, and other media to be submitted as a digital portfolio in week 13 of trimester 1. You will be encouraged to reflect on your progress as a creative practitioner and improviser. The focus will be primarily on the development of your confidence as an improviser, including reflection on your mindset, development of communication skills, and use of improvisation as a medium for developing your creative ideas. This assessment is worth 100% of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for this assessment contribute to your realisation of L.O.s 1, 2, 3 and 4

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Online Guided independent study 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1, 2, 3, 4 13 HOURS= 00.50, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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