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All students completing this module will:
1. Learn how to develop and structure their compositional ideas
2. Learn how to write effectively for the different instruments in the ensemble
3. Learn, as performers, how to offer creative input into the composition process by demonstrating different instrumental techniques and interpretive possibilities
4. Learn about a range of contemporary and historical composition and performance practises
5. Develop practical skills pertaining to the rehearsal process, including preparing scores and parts, and working together in a small ensemble
6. Be guided in the correct use of music notation and technical terminology in order to communicate accurately with other musicians.
7. Be introduced to aspects of music technology including notation software (MuseScore, Sibelius) and digital audio workstations (Audacity, Reaper).
Arranging and Interpreting
Music Theory and Terminology
Contemporary and historical composition and performance practises
Ensemble rehearsals and performance
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Students are expected to have some prior musical experience of a level which would enable them to discuss musical ideas and to perform alongside fellow musicians. For example, a guitarist who might not read music notation, but has some experience writing their own material or playing in a group; or a pianist who is classically trained, but has not yet had experience composing or playing in an ensemble.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Students will be expected to demonstrate that they are making clear progress with their composing or rehearsing week-on-week, specifically incorporating or responding to the material taught in class.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Practical Examination: Students will present their final work in a public performance at the end of the semester.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Written score & commentary (composers); recital or recording & commentary (performers).||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
The teacher will monitor student progress throughout the term. Regular feedback and guidance will be given to each student in the ensemble, especially in the final weeks before the evaluation. Students are expected to integrate this feedback into their work outside of class time, and to demonstrate their progress week-on-week.
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Wed 14:00 - 14:50|
|Practical||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Wed 19:00 - 20:50|