Music BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: W300
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

You will study 3 compulsory modules, and choose your remaining credits from a range of options. This may include up to 30 credits (two modules) in Popular Music options.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Classical Music History (MUSI130)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
    Aims

    To examine the development of Western classical music between 1600 and 1900. To introduce key composers and representative works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. To  consider the musical, historical and intellectual contexts that informed the changes of musical styles. To provide students with a core grounding in study skills for HE.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be able to differentiate between the styles of representative composers using appropriate musical vocabulary.

    (LO2) Be able to evaluate the main reasons for the changes in musical style during this period.

    (LO3) Be able to engage with and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources, to discuss relevant material and ideas, and to prepare well-organised and well-researched written work.

    (LO4) Be able to produce a bibliography in a given format.

    (LO5) Be able to explain the main lines of development with reference to tonality, instrumentation, structure, etc.

    (S1) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S4) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

  • Music As An Industry (MUSI150)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the range of activities undertaken within the music industries
    To explain the historical and contemporary organisation and functions of record companies
    To outline and discuss issues raised by the relationship between the music industries and the creative industries

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will attain knowledge of the changing contexts of the music industries.

    (LO2) Students will attain knowledge of the different structures and functions of record companies.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate knowledge of how record companies fit into the music business as a whole.

    (LO4) Students will identify and discuss processes through which music is commodified and mediated.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

  • Music in Contexts: Why Music Matters (MUSI121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of this modules are:

    To introduce the students to the scope and breadth of the study of music as well as various academic approaches and methods employed in such study.

    To introduce key terms and concepts used in the study of music in relation to culture, as a part of culture, and as culture itself.

    To help the students to critically examine how musical genres, forms, styles, artists, audiences, ideas, institutions, localities or industries work together in a variety of contexts.

    To provide a foundation for the further study of music and culture at levels two and three, either from an ethnographic, historical, analytical or critical-theoretical perspective.

    To help the students to understand interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to the study of music.

    Topics covered in this module will include: performance, reception, identities, politics, values, histories, place, migration, etc.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To gain an understanding of the scope and breadth of the study of music as well as various academic approaches and methods employed.

    (LO2) To learn key terms and concepts used in the study of music in relation to culture, as a part of culture, and as culture itself.

    (LO3) To acquire a foundation for the further study of music and culture at levels two and three.

    (LO4) To gain understanding of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to the study of music.

    (LO5) To understand key concepts associated with musical contexts including performance, reception, identities, politics, values, histories, place, migration, etc.

    (S1) Transferable skills in critical thought, communication, presentation and writing

    (S2) An ability to bring theoretical and methodological questions and practice/case studies together

Year One Optional Modules

  • Classical Practical Study 1 (MUSI102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To further develop standard of practical performance To develop self-awareness and self-reflection in relation to performance To expand knowledge of repertory To enable to develop a greater awareness of performance practice To develop self-awareness and self-reflection in relation to performance

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module students should be able: To perform a short recital to a standard appropriate to the level (ABRSM Grade 8)

    (LO2) To perform with a sound technique

    (LO3) To think critically about concepts and methods of practice

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Technical musical skills

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S5) Musical performance skills

    (S6) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

  • Compositional Techniques (MUSI106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims

    To gain greater awareness of formal considerations to provide experience in handling small-scale musical form. To develop self-critical skills To develop accuracy and fluency in notation and musicianship. To introduce students to the origins and historical development of counterpoint To gain basic awareness of a range of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate basic competency in notation and musicianship

    (LO2) To demonstrate skills in the transformation and manipulation of musical data

    (LO3) To show an understanding of species counterpoint and basic functional harmony

    (LO4) To engage with aesthetic aspects of music composition

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S4) Basic level musicianship

  • Theory in Practice: Exploring Music���s Construction (MUSI180)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce concepts of music theory relevant to all later modules associated with the study of musical text

    To introduce important musical forms and harmonic relationships

    To adapt and improve upon a range of techniques for analysing music in a wide range of music.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to identify and label keys, chords, cadences, modulations, and phrase structure.

    (LO2) Students be able to identify the structural landmarks which define a particular musical form.

    (LO3) Students be able to evaluate the use of instruments (noting any contemporary limitations) to evaluate the use of instruments and their role in shaping the musical discourse /structure.

    (LO4) Students be able to engage with and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources, to discuss relevant material and ideas, and to prepare well-organised and well-researched written work.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills.

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

  • Foundations in Tonal Harmony (MUSI181)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to identify and notate all notes on treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs, and describe them in terms of their scale degrees.

    (LO2) Ability to identify and notate all 12 keys, major and minor, on treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs, and to transpose between keys.

    (LO3) Ability to identify and construct intervals in notated form using correct notational spelling.

    (LO4) Ability to identify and construct, using correct notational spelling, major, minor, and diminished chords on treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs, and describe them in terms of Roman numeral system (Ia, Vc, etc.), description (tonic root/dominant second inversion, etc.), and function (5/3, 6/4, etc.).

    (LO5) Understanding of basic figured bass terminology and symbols, and how they relate to broader musical terminology (e.g., "6/4 cadence").

    (LO6) Ability to identify and construct, using correct notational spelling, cadences in all major and minor keys, and to identify and construct predominant chords (Neapolitan, Italian, French and German 6ths).

    (LO7) Ability to use standard technical terminology for descriptions of time (rhythm, bars/measures, etc.), dynamics (Italian terms), individual musical lines, and harmony.

    (LO8) Ability to reduce an orchestral score to 1-4 stave lines.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

  • The History of Electronic Music (MUSI172)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide the student with a good understanding of the development of electronic music and the technology used to create it from the early 20th Century to the present day.
    Introduce the student to the key composers and works associated with the electronic music repertoire.

    Provide the student with the ability to recognise the stylistic qualities and compositional techniques employed in a number of electronic music genres and how these techniques also cross the boundaries into other disciplines such as sound design for Film, TV and Gaming.

    Develop the students' critical listening skills in relation to the electronic music repertoire.

    Develop the students' ability to articulate themselves clearly in a written and aural manner.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a knowledge of the history and development of electronic music and technology.

    (LO2) Respond critically to a variety of musical styles from the electronic music repertoire referencing specific characteristics of the music and technology.

    (LO3) The ability to conduct individual research into the history and development of electronic music using a variety of resources.

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

    (S2) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics.

    (S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

    (S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning.

    (S5) Media literacy online critically reading and creatively producing academic and professional communications in a range of media.

  • Introduction to Logic (MUSI109)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to MIDI sequencing and to consolidate their technical knowledge and skills, bringing them to an intermediate level, through the use of Logic Pro software. To enable students to compose music to digital video clips. To enable students to compose electronic music in a given style. To introduce students to software synthesis parameters and signal processing using a digital audio workstation. To introduce students to optimal mixing and routing procedures in a DAW.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Proficiency to an intermediate level in the use of Logic Pro software for composing and editing MIDI sequenced music.

    (LO2) The ability to transfer a sequenced composition to an audio CD or MP3 file.

    (LO3) The ability to successfully compose music for digital video and render it to a Quicktime movie file.

    (LO4) For students to be able be able to analyse a piece of popular electronic music in terms of structure, texture, instrumentation and technical resources.

    (LO5) The ability to correctly use the mixing facilities in Logic Studio.

    (LO6) Gain an enhanced understanding of software synthesis parameters.

    (LO7) To gain proficiency in the Apple Mac software environment.

    (S1) Gain proficiency in the Apple Mac software environment.

  • Introduction to Popular Music History (MUSI140)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
    Aims

    To provide an overview of the development of Anglo-American popular music from the mid-twentieth century onwards.  To examine specific stylistic developments and movements in the period covered by the module.  To introduce general issues and critical perspectives within the field of popular music studies. To consider the relationship between musical, social, economic and technological factors in the music and period in question. To provide students with a grounding in core study skills for HE.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate an understanding of the key features of different styles/genres of popular music.

    (LO2) To identify significant individuals, groups, and events in the development of popular music in the period from the mid-twentieth century onwards.

    (LO3) To demonstrate an understanding of the process of musical development (e.g. the emergence of new genres).

    (LO4) To identify some of the ways in which social, economic and technological factors impact on the production and reception of popular music.

    (LO5) To be able to apply knowledge, understanding, and awareness (as described in prior leaning outcomes) to original case-study examples.

    (LO6) To bBe able to produce a bibliography in a given format.

    (S1) Communication skills (oral and written)

    (S2) Research skills (identifying relevant material)

    (S3) Comprehension (absorbing and interpreting materal)

    (S4) Critical thinking (synthesis)

    (S5) Writing skills (academic writing, including structure, argument, and referencing)

    (S6) Applied skills (music analysis)

    (S7) IT skills (generic, and via online material)

  • Introduction to Sound and Music in Audiovisual Media (MUSI170)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    • To familiarise students with how sound is used in multi-media forms, with emphasis on classical Hollywood film practices
    • To establish the importance of sound in our interpretation of audio-visual media; and to explore how music and sound relate to the visual
    • To investigate the practicalities of composing for film: cues, editing cuts, synching etc.
    • To engage theoretically with audio-visual modes of discourse
    • To assess critical issues, such as the nature of musical narrative and meaning

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The ability to read and discuss key texts in a critical and comparative manner

    (LO2) The ability to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music in audio-visual media

    (LO3) The ability to discuss, together, music/sound, image, and narrative

    (LO4) The ability to utilise appropriate theoretical frameworks in the critical analysis of audio-visual media

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

  • Introduction to Sound and Technology (MUSI171)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an overview and understanding of key terminologies, technical concepts and sound theories that are important for music technology studies.

    To provide students with an understanding of acoustics and sound measurement techniques and units.

    To provide students with an understanding of analogue and digital audio theories and applications.

    To enable students to apply their knowledge of digital audio and MIDI in an object oriented music programme.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important sound and audio theories.

    (LO2) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding sound and recording systems.

    (LO3) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of analogue and digital sound.

    (LO4) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of MAX/MSP.

    (LO5) To demonstrate the ability to apply theory through practice with MAX/MSP.

    (S1) Problem solving skills.

    (S2) Numeracy.

    (S3) Communication skills.

    (S4) Organisational skills.

    (S5) IT skills.

  • Popular Music Theory in Practice (MUSI182)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To familiarise students with different terminologies of popular music theory.

    To enable students to use intervals, chords and scales in relation to popular music.

    To develop students' use of notation and chord symbols in relation to popular music.

    To develop students' aural skills.

    To develop students' practical use of these theoretical concepts in performance.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to use different terminologies of music theory.

    (LO2) Students will be able to identify and construct intervals, chords, and scales, in both written and aural form.

    (LO3) Students will be able to use key elements of notation relevant to the study of popular music, including  chord symbols.

    (LO4) Students will develop their aural skills in relation to popular music.

    (LO5) Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between popular music theory and practice

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills.

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

  • Popular Practical Study 1 (MUSI104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enable students to develop group rehearsal skills.

    To enable students to develop group performance skills.

    To enable students to improve their individual instrumental or vocal technique, focusing on the ability to perform with confidence and fluency.

    To help students to gain a greater awareness of the issues that support the performance of popular music.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will develop communication and interpretative skills through the rehearsal of popular music.

    (LO2) Students will develop their communication and performance skills through the live performance of popular music.

    (LO3) Students will be given the opportunity to study, practice, learn and develop their individual instrumental and/or vocal skills.

    (LO4) Students will develop their teamwork skills in their groups, to formulate, organise, prepare and deliver a short performance.

    (LO5)

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

  • Introduction to Sound Recording and Production (MUSI108)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a variety of recording and production techniques in a professional studio.
    To enable students to use a professional level digital recording studio effectively.
    To develop the students’ individual and group work skills within the studio environment.
    To develop students’ knowledge of recording and production technologies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to record a song or instrumental in Pro Tools HD using the appropriate recording and production techniques demonstrated in class.

    (LO2) An ability to edit and mix a song in Pro Tools HD using appropriate effects and plugins to a standard suitable for public broadcast.

    (LO3) An ability to explain, justify and reflect on recording and production techniques used in the recording studio.

    (LO4) An ability to explain, justify and reflect on the mixing techniques and effects used in the recording studio.

    (LO5) An ability to successfully work, cooperate and present within a group.

    (S1) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Opera and Politics (MUSI232)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To increase knowledge of and familiarity with operatic repertoire. To situate operatic repertoire and practices within cultural and political contexts relevant to Europe from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. To understand the relationship of operatic works and/or practices to their cultural and political contexts of production in terms of both response to contexts and role in society. To deepen understanding of the major musical developments in opera as a genre, of the forms used within it, and of the subgenres of the repertoire.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will have the ability to demonstrate familiarity with core sections of the operatic repertoire of the long nineteenth century.

    (LO2) Students will have the ability to describeand explain the cultural and political contexts of production and reception of that repertoire.

    (LO3) Students will have the ability to explain the relationship between operatic works and/or practices and their cultural and political contexts of production and reception.

    (LO4) Students will have the ability to identify, engage with and critically evaluate relevant texts, both academic and musical.

    (S1) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

  • Post-wagnerian Music and Philosophy (MUSI230)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce a range of genres by various European composers that were influenced by Wagnerian music drama. To consider music’s response to philosophical trends at the turn of the 20 th  century. To explore the post-Wagnerian repertoire with a range of aesthetic, hermeneutic and analytical strategies (using scores, recorded performances). T o engage with and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources, to discuss relevant material and ideas, and to prepare well-organised and well researched written work.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be anle to engage with philosophical ideas as they apply to fin de siècle music.

    (LO2) Students will be able to evaluate the relevance of philosophical discourses in musical.

    (LO3) Students will be able to assess the impact of Wagner across a range of European composers.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

    (S5) Time and project management - Project planning.

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness.

    (S7) Personal attributes and qualities - Flexibility/Adaptability.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Classical Practical Study 2a (MUSI201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1. To increase awareness of, and ability to make judgements on, matters of intonation. 2. To equip students with the appropriate skills to be able to hear tempered intervals and to be able to justify the decisions necessary in their use. 3. To develop the ability to discern such intervals. 4. To develop understanding of the theory involvedi n tuning decisions on the harpsichord.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will develop critical faculties and acuity of hearing

    (LO2) Students will develop control and critical faculties on matters of intonation

    (LO3) Students will develop control of their own intonation while playing/singing

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

  • Classical Practical Study 2b (MUSI202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To further develop standard of practical performance. To expand knowledge of repertory. To encourage critical thinking about concepts and methods of practice. To further develop the acuity of professional attitudes and skills in regards to practise and performance and with a particular attention to details of listening and intonation. To equip the student with the knowledge andskills necessary to make informed decisions regarding intonation in their own practise and performance.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be able to perform before a limited audience a recital of intermediate length to a standard appropriate to the level (post-ABRSM Grade 8)

    (LO2) Be able to perform in a manner that is confident, secure and accurate

    (LO3) Be able to think critically about concepts and practices relevant to the subject

    (LO4) Be able to demonstrate critical facultiesand a high level of acuity of hearing, including controlled and critical faculties onmatters of intonation.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S4) Musical skills- technical

    (S5) Musical skills- performative

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

  • Composition for Film and Television (MUSI205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To deepen the appreciation and critical awareness of music's function when combined with the moving image, through practical composition work. To deepen the understanding of compositional techniques and methods appropriate to the medium. To successfully arrange and orchestrate music in a film and television music context. To extend technical skills in the production and synchronisation of music to picture.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To gain a practical understanding of the relationships between film, TV, video genres—drama, documentary, advert—and music.

    (LO2) To acquire compositional techniques and methods appropriate to the medium.

    (LO3) To gain conceptual understanding of the various levels of synchronisation between music and another time-based medium, and how these affect compositional decisions.

    (LO4) To develop a more precise understanding of the role of orchestration, arranging, sound and production techniques in music that accompanies the moving image.

    (LO5) To hone skills in music sequencing and production in order to prepare professional level presentation materials.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Adaptability

  • Compositional Forms (MUSI207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting10:90
    Aims

    To develop accuracy and fluency in notation. To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different compositional tasks. To refine and expand knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches. To develop self-critical skills. To provide experience in working with musical forms.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To use the Sibelius notation software at an intermediate level.

    (LO2) To demonstrate an advanced understanding of formal archetypes across a range of musical idioms.

    (LO3) To demonstrate competency in notating composition assignments.

    (LO4) To engage with aesthetic aspects of music composition.

    (LO5) To expand familiarity and understanding of classical music repertoire.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Time and project management - Project planning

  • Contemporary Genres (MUSI263)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key current debates within popular music studies.

    To examine the social, cultural and aesthetic implications of current developments within popular music.

    To further develop an understanding of the contexts of production and consumption of contemporary popular music genres. To further develop analytic and argumentation skills.

    To further develop critical awareness and essay-writing skills To critically examine selected genres and movements in contemporary popular music culture.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To identify and analyse key stylistic and textual elements relating to a range of contemporary popular music genres.

    (LO2) To demonstrate understanding of key concepts, issues, debates and relating to the study of contemporary popular music.

    (LO3) To demonstrate a developed understanding of the factors that are active in generic change within popular music.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Electro Pop and Remixing (MUSI213)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to mixing and production techniques in a DAW

    To enable students to use a DAW to professionally produce electronic music

    To develop students’ audio editing techniques to a high level in a creative context

    To develop students’ knowledge of synthesis and sampling technologies

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To understand and identify the techniques of electronic music production

    (LO2) An ability to apply a range of audio editing techniques in a DAW

    (LO3) An ability to mix and master an electronic composition in a DAW

    (LO4) An ability to use a range of software synthesizers effectively

    (LO5) An ability to create and use a sample-based instrument

    (S1) Independent working

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S4) Advanced computer music skills

  • Sound Design and Electronic Music Composition (MUSI208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce the students to audio editing/mixing and sound organisation techniques in a DAW (digital audio workstation) within a sound design context.

    To introduce the students to audio transformation techniques using plugins and standalone audio applications.

    To enable the students to use a DAW effectively to an intermediate level.

    To develop the students' awareness of the technical and aesthetic issues surrounding sound design and electronic music.

    To introduce the student to sound design for the moving image.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The student will be able to effectively edit/mix audio within DAW in the context of sound design for tv/film or electronic music composition.

    (LO2) The student will be able to transform audio within a DAW in the context of sound design for tv/film or electronic music composition.

    (LO3) The student will have an understanding of the technical and aesthetic issues surrounding sound design and electronic music.

    (LO4) The student will be able to organise sound material effectively within a DAW in the context of sound design for moving image or electronic music composition.

    (LO5) The student will be able contextualise their work within the contemporary repertoire.

    (S1) Applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Time management.

    (S3) Readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

    (S4) Critical thinking.

    (S5) Self-starting.

  • Exploring Harmony, Chord Progression and Pitch (MUSI281)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the different approaches to harmony, chord progression and pitch from a range of musical genres.

    To adopt, adapt and develop techniques of analysing how this music ''works',' and to evaluate these methods through application to different repertoires.

    To examine theoretical questions opened up by the evolution of harmony, tonality, and form since the common-practice era.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand the theory and practice of harmonic language appropriate to different musical styles.

    (LO2) Test, develop and apply music theory appropriate to the 'object' under scrutiny

    (LO3) Appreciate principles of musical evolution, including factors which drive change in harmony, and tonality.

    (S1) Adaptability.

    (S2) Problem solving skills.

    (S3) Organisational skills.

    (S4) Communication skills.
    Assessed through presentation on chosen topics.

  • Global Pop: Popular Musics of the World (MUSI261)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    • To introduce students to popular musics of the world, particularly of non-Anglo American origins, focusing on various local forms, styles, repertoires and aesthetics.
    • To make students aware of the dynamics of social, cultural and historical influences that give shape to the development of contemporary popular musics of the world.
    • To broaden students’ knowledge and perspectives on popular musics of the world which are distinctively local or regional on the one hand but connected to global popular culture.
    • To develop a comparative perspective and reflect critically on the popular musical cultures of the world including the student’s own popular culture/music.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of popular musics of the world, particularly of non-Anglo American origins, their various local forms, styles and repertoires. 

    (LO2) Demonstrate an awareness of the dynamics of social, cultural and historical influences that give shape to the development of contemporary popular musics of the world.

    (LO3) Demonstrate knowledge and perspectives on popular musics of the world in different local, regional and global contexts.

    (LO4) Demonstrate critical thinking about different popular musical forms and practices.

    (LO5) Demonstrate comparative perspective and ability to reflect critically on the popular musical cultures of the world including the student’s own popular culture/music.

    (LO6) Demonstrate transferable skills in critical thought, communication, presentation and writing.

    (S1) To develop skills in describing and analysing popular musics of the world, particularly of non-Anglo American origins, their various local forms, styles and repertoires.

    (S2) To gain analytical and critical thinking about the production and consumption of their popular musics of the world in different local, regional and global contexts.

    (S3) To develop a comparative perspective and ability to reflect critically on the popular musical cultures of the world including the student’s own popular culture/music.

    (S4) To develop transferable skills in critical thought, communication, presentation and writing.

  • Introduction to Music Psychology (MUSI290)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce and explore a set of multidisciplinary topics central to the field of music psychology
    • To allow students to gain a broad understanding of how music influences listeners in everyday contexts and the essential physiological and psychological mechanisms and processes involved in different kinds of music-related activities
    • To appraise existing scholarship in the field of music psychology and be able to argue how the theoretical and empirical issues are connected
    • To become familiar with research methods commonly utilised by music psychologists

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will acquire general and specific knowledge on various topic areas in the multidisciplinary field of music psychology and develop new perspectives on how the human mind processes and responds to music.

    (LO2) Students will be able to critically evaluate existing scholarship in the field and demonstrate awareness of the relationship between theoretical and empirical contributions to music psychology.

    (LO3) Students will be familiar with music psychology research and how it helps understanding the uses of music in everyday life.

    (LO4) Students will be able to integrate literature and research into a logical argument and communicate (orally and textually) effectively and appealingly presenting research findings to a lay audience.

    (S1) Intellectual skills (curiosity, research and exploration, critical understanding, analytical demonstrations).

    (S2) Creative and re-creative skills (presentation, interpretation).

    (S3) Information technology and media literacy.

    (S4) Teamwork and collaboration.

    (S5) Oral and written presentation skills.

  • Live Sound (MUSI214)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a variety of live sound production techniques

    To enable students to use a professional live sound system effectively

    To develop students’ individual and group work skills within live sound performance environment

    To develop students’ knowledge of live sound technologies

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to safely set-up and use a live sound system

    (LO2) An ability to use a live sound system for front of house and monitor mixing

    (LO3) An ability to explain a live sound system set-up and components

    (LO4) An ability to explain, justify and reflect on the live microphone techniques and stage connections

    (LO5) An ability to successfully work, cooperate and present within a group

    (S1) Working in groups and teams - group action planning

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

  • Max for Live (MUSI209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the MAX programming environment
    • To enable students to effectively build DSP patches for making electronic music
    • To enable students to effectively build patches for Ableton Live and non-linear making music applications

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will develop further their knowledge of computing and music

    (LO2) Students will be able to make a DSP patch that processes sound in a variety of ways

    (LO3) Students will be able to build patches and use them within a live performance or non-linear compositions

    (LO4) Students will understand the concept of non-linear electronic music

    (LO5) Students will develop their music composition techniques

    (S1) General computer and IT literacy

    (S2) Music specific computer and IT literacy

    (S3) Independent study and research skills

    (S4) Problem solving and creative and lateral thinking

  • Music and Emotion (MUSI292)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore methods and ideas in the new field of music and emotion, mediating between the sciences and humanities.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of central topics, perspectives and debates concerning the emotional power of music.

    (LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with key scholarly literature related to the study of music and emotion in both sciences and humanities.

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of music’s ability to express and induce emotions.

    (LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches in used sciences and humanities research.

    (S1) Critical reading and understanding.

    (S2) Verbal expression and organisation.

    (S3) Debating and defending intellectual positions in face-to-face contexts.

  • Music, Gender, and Sexuality (MUSI220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enable students to engage critically with the ideas and arguments encountered. To introduce students to a range of ideas about gender and sexuality and explore how they interact with musical texts, practices, and cultures.  To explore the extent to which musical texts, practices, and cultures reflect and/or contribute to prevailing ideologies of gender and sexuality. To develop an understanding of the intersections of history, culture, and music, in terms of ideas about gender and sexuality.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of a range of theories of gender and sexuality.

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain musical texts, practices, or cultures through theories of gender or sexuality.

    (LO3) Students will be able to draw connections between theories of gender/sexuality and musical texts/practices/cultures, and to explain how the latter are informed by or help articulate the former.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills.

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills).

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills.

  • Music in Gaming (MUSI273)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an overview of technological development and a basic (non-technical) appreciation of how sound and music are generated via gaming software/hardware; and to understand the role of the former in determining compositional design across different 'generations' of gaming hardware.

    To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between music and gaming contexts (eg genre, narrative function, immersion, emotion, and character portrayal).

    To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between game-music and other forms of music (eg orchestral styles, film music, popular music in compiled tracks).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of gaming hardware/software and the extent to which this determines, by limiting or affording, the incorporation of sound/music.

    (LO2) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between music in gaming and other gameplay factors (such as narrative, immersion, game-cues).

    (LO3) To demonstrate an awareness of broader critical, cultural, and ludomusicological issues, as presented and discussed in both historical and contemporary scholarship.

    (LO4) To be able to apply knowledge, understanding, and awareness (as described in the prior learning outcomes) to original case-study examples.

    (S1) Communication skills.

    (S2) Research skills.

    (S3) Comprehension.

    (S4) Critical thinking.

    (S5) Writing skills.

    (S6) Applied skills.

    (S7) IT skills.

  • Music in World Cinema (MUSI270)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    - To study the musical practices of film traditions outside the Anglophone world and their cultural contexts, with particular emphasis on comparisons to classical Hollywood practice - To build on knowledge acquired in first year modules on world music and music in audio-visual media - To develop students' abilty to think and write about music in audio-visual contexts

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to demonstrate familiarity with ideas about music and film in several other cultures.

    (LO2)  Ability to explain the relationship between theory and the cultural context in which it has arisen, as well as the challenges of applying theories to texts from cultures outside that context.

    (LO3) Ability to deploy comparative and cross-cultural perspectives in the understanding of the relationships between music and film as well as their cultural contexts

    (LO4) Higher level analytical and essay-writing skills, including Higher level analytical and essay-writing skills, including more advanced argumentation and handling difficult bibliographic challenges.

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

  • Music Direction, Leading and Conducting (MUSI200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge relevant to their chosen path of ensemble direction, including leading skills, conducting technique, rehearsal and performance psychology, and preparation for rehearsing and performing. The module prepares students wishing to take a third year Independent Project in Performance with a conducting/directing specialism.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be able to communicate, verbally and nonverbally as appropriate, aspects of musical expression to an ensemble in the context of a rehearsal or peformance

    (LO2) Be able to identify aspects of ensemble performance in need of rehearsal and to communicate the issues to the relevant members of the ensemble

    (LO3) Be able to prepare an ensemble to perform a specific piece and to lead them through the performance

    (LO4) Display self-awareness of the leader's role in relationship to the ensemble during performance and rehearsal

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S4) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Musical Theatre (MUSI274)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module allows students to understand the development of musical theatre and associated performance practices, and gain deeper knowledge of selected shows. Students will research historical and contemporary examples and present their insights in the form of a review of a current production and a multimedia presentation on a historical topic.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand the historical and musical development of the musical in relation to historical context.

    (LO2) Analyse musical content in relation to its dramatic context, including details of staging and/or cinematic presentation.

    (LO3) Understand and critically evaluate musical theatre performances and performance practice.

    (S1) Language and format for writing reviews

    (S2) preparing and giving presentations

    (S3) Interaction with established professionals

    (S4) Knowledge of other disciplines such as dance, drama, film making

  • Popular Music Composition 1 (MUSI210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting10:90
    Aims

    To empower all musicians with a broader range and greater depth of understanding and practice in their music creation. To develop self-critiquing skills. To develop theoretical understanding and facility withforms of notation, therefore enhancing communication of ideas and professionalism(employability). To provide some basic skills in orchestration and arranging.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To produce compositions/songs that demonstrate development in the student's practice,

    (LO2) To demonstrate a greater understanding of theoretical underpinnings of their compositions.

    (LO3) To be able to effectively communicate ideas to other musicians in a professional setting, including, where necessary, some form of notation. (Use of notation software such as Sibelius)

    (LO4) To demonstrate the ability to write and arrange for a range of instruments, beyond their own performance instrument.

    (LO5) To promote familiarity and understanding of broader music repertoires.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual).Presentation Skills

    (S2) Critical Thinking and problem solving - creative thinking

    (S3) Time and project management- Personal organisation

    (S4) IT skills: notation software, recording and editing software.

  • Popular Practical Study 2a (MUSI203)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enable students to develop group rehearsal skills, and to work with other musicians effectively within an ensemble setting.

    To enable students to develop group performance skills.

    To enable students to improve their individual instrumental or vocal technique, focusing on the ability to perform with confidence and fluency.

    To help students to gain a greater awareness of the issues that support the performance of popular music.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain a greater awareness of the issues that support the performance of popular music.

    (LO2) Students will develop their communication and performance skills through the live performance of popular music.

    (LO3) Students will improve their instrumental and/or vocal skills.

    (LO4) Students will develop their teamwork skills in their groups, to formulate, organise, prepare and deliver a short performance.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - reflective practice

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S3) Communication skills - listening skills

    (S4) Communication skills - negotiation skills

    (S5) Time and project management - personal organisation

    (S6) Working in groups and teams - group-action planning

  • Popular Practical Study 2b (MUSI204)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enable students to develop group rehearsal skills, and to  work with other musicians effectively within an ensemble setting.

    To enable students to develop group performance skills.

    To enable students to improve their individual instrumental or vocal technique, focusing on the ability to perform with confidence and fluency.

    To help students to gain a greater awareness of the issues that support the performance of popular music.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students have the opportunity to gain a greater awareness of the issues that support the performance of popular music.

    (LO2) Students will develop their communication and performance skills through the live performance of popular music.

    (LO3) Students will develop their teamwork skills in their groups, to formulate, organise, prepare and deliver a short performance.

    (LO4) Students will improve their individual instrumental and/or vocal skills.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills.

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills.

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

    (S6) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning.

  • Promotion, Identity and Creative Labour (MUSI244)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Provide students with an introduction to promotion and marketing practices relating to contemporary popular music.

    Encourage self-reflexivity on students' own creative practice.

    Develop students' critical thinking around popular music and identity.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate skills in popular music promotion and marketing.

    (LO2) Analyse with a developed conceptual grasp current promotional strategies as employed within the music industries.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a developed understanding of issues around popular music and identity.

    (LO4) Critically engage with academic research relating to popular music identity, promotion and marketing.

    (LO5) Apply the critical skills developed throughout the module to their own creative practice.

    (S1) Adaptability.

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Communication skills.

    (S4) Media literacy online critically reading and creatively producing academic and professional communications in a range of media.

    (S5) Career and identity management online managing digital reputation and online identity.

  • Sound Recording and Production 2 (MUSI243)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To further develop the students recording skills through the introduction of stereo, field, foley and sound FX recording techniques.

    To further develop the students production skills and ability to organise and layer sound in Protools to provide appropriate FX for a Film/TV clip.

    To further develop the students production skills so they can recognise and solve problems that exist within a particular sound recording.

    To further develop the students mixing and production skills in relation to larger scale projects of 24 tracks plus.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The student will be able to successfully produce location and foley recordings.

    (LO2) The student will be able to mix and layer sound FX for a Film or TV clip. 

    (LO3) The student will be able to make timing and tuning adjustments to audio files using the relevant software tools and plug-ins.

    (LO4) The student will be able to record and mix a large scale project to a standard suitable to this level of study.

    (LO5) The student will be able to identify and solve technical problems that exist within sound recordings.

    (S1) Teamwork.

    (S2) IT skills.

    (S3) Problem solving skills.

  • Sound, Technology, and Society (MUSI241)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the connections between popular music and technology from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives. To examine how the introduction of new technologies has affected the stylistic development of individual popular music genres and the cultures associated with them.  To examine the interplay between new technologies and the music industry. To develop listening skills with particular emphasis on recorded texts

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understanding of the major theoretical approaches to the study of popular music and technology

    (LO2) Ability to identify significant developments in instrumental technology, production equipment/techniques and distribution technologies.

    (LO3) Ability to demonstrate developed listening skills in relation to recorded production techniques and instrumentation

    (LO4) Ability to identify some of the ways in which technological factors and the social uses of technology impact on the production and reception of popular music

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Working in Music Industry (MUSI252)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    • The module aims to identify the skills necessary to advance careers, whether as a musician or within a music company of some kind.
    • The module aims to inform student musicians of 'what to expect' should they pursue music as a career into the future.
    • It aims to introduce students who might want to work in music industry of the types of specialisms available to them and the role demands of each specialism.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Communication Skills - In completing the module including the assessed components the student should become aware of and able to identify the centrality of informal communication in music industry. The relevant academic communication skills should also be enhanced. The student should also have developed and demonstrated formal written communication in the form of a CV and cover letter.

    (LO2) Research Skills - especially with regard to the second assignment, a student's ability to research contemporary music-industrial practice should be improved by satisfactory completion of the module.

    (LO3) Comprehension - the material encountered in the course of the module requires that an individual student's ability to interpret data of contrasting provenance should be improved.

    (LO4) Critical Thinking - The field is a challenging one and critical thinking is essential to understanding the co-existence of formal and informal elements operationalised in the creation of commercial music outcomes.

    (LO5) Writing Skills - The writing skills of students will develop through engaging with differing assignment tasks; the organisation of a case study involves expressive abilities that are in some ways distinct from those involved in responding to an assignment title.

    (LO6) Applied Skills - music industry is a fast-moving and protean field given its now deep implication with the internet and information technology, more widely. Analysing music's entanglement with not simply music companies but media, internet and IT companies develops the skills associated with media analysis.

    (LO7) IT Skills - a student's IT skills are enhanced by needing to explore the wide range of practices that are engaged when music companies (and independent musicians) seek a mutually-satisfying commercial relationship with actual and potential customers. It is the co-ordination of musical offer across multiple platforms that defines music business success under current conditions.

    (LO8) Maths Skills - music companies all seek profit from adding value to the work of musicians. In an online environment, data of all kinds are generated that can contribute to the strategies employed by music companies and by individual musicians. Understanding, for example, how individual access to a music 'stream' generates a royalty must necessarily draw on and stimulate the individual's ability to apply mathematical knowledge and understanding.

    (LO9) Employability Skills - Employabilty skills should be greatly enhanced through satisfactory completion of the module. Music industry is an opaque field and modular content is aimed to dispel this opacity. Students are empowered professionally by being encouraged to develop an understanding of the specific blends of informal and formal behaviours associated with generating commercial music outcomes (recordings, licences and performances).

    (S1) Learning and Study Skills.

    (S2) Research Skills.

    (S3) Information and Digital Literacy.

    (S4) Employability Skills.

    (S5) Writing Skills.

    (S6) Applied Skills.

    (S7) Maths Skills.

  • Writing for Instruments 1 (MUSI211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop accuracy and fluency in notation. To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different orchestrational tasks. To refine and expand knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches to Develop Self Critical Skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To use the Sibelius notation software at an advanced level.

    (LO2) To demonstrate an advanced understanding of formal archetypes across a range of musical idioms.

    (LO3) To demonstrate competency when notating orchestration assignments.

    (LO4) To demonstrate critical skills in analysing strategies for orchestration.

    (LO5) To engage with aesthetic aspects of orchestration.

    (S1) Time and project management - Project management.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

  • Writing for Instruments 2 (MUSI212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop accuracy and fluency in notation.

    To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different orchestration and aranging tasks.

    To refine and expand knowledge of a range of contemporary music styles and approaches.

    Develop self critical skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To use Sibelius software notation at an advanced level.

    (LO2) To demonstrate an advanced understanding of formal archetypes across a range of musical idioms.

    (LO3) To demonstrate competency when notating orchestration assignments.

    (LO4) To develop critical skills.

    (LO5) To engage with aesthetic aspects of musical composition.

    (S1) Communication and presentation skills.

    (S2) IT skills: notation software.

    (S3) Organisational skills- time and project management.

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving.

Programme Year Three

You will undertake a major independent project in one of dissertation, performance, composition or technology. The rest of your modules will be chosen from a range of options.

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Aesthetics of Music (MUSI320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To open students to the wealth of ideas associated with the significance of music, to highlight how a philosophical standpoint affords a critical perspective on questions of musical value, structure, meaning, affect, and socio-cultural use to reveal how music reflects and contributes to philosophical debates.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Gain familiarity with texts and contexts in the history of music aesthetics.

    (LO2) Learn to reflect critically on conceptual readings.

    (LO3) Learn to form connections to aural judgments.

    (LO4) Improve the ability to organise and communicate challenging intellectual materials.

    (S1) Critical reading and understanding.

    (S2) Verbal expression and organisation.

    (S3) Debating and defending intellectual positions in face-to-face contexts.

  • Analysing Twentieth-century Music (MUSI380)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore methods of analysis of 20th-century music.

    To apply analytical techniques appropriately to relevant musical scores and recordings.

    To extend or adapt existing techniques to suit a range of new musics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will learn about new techniques of analysis, and will be able to critically engage with previous studies.

    (LO2) Students will be able to apply appropriate techniques to examples of works from the repertory under scrutiny.

    (LO3) Students will be able to creatively adapt the tools taught to suit different pieces of music.

    (LO4) Students will engage with a broad repertoire of 20th Century pieces in depth.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

    (S3) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

  • "authenticity" and Style (MUSI301)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To gain a better understanding of the many different aspects of historically-informed performance practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To gain understanding of historically informed performance practice

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Communication skills

  • Composition for Digital Games (MUSI305)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide a conceptual and theoretical basis for composing game music. To provide an overview of the function of music in video games, including within different genres and game states. To introduce the fundamentals of middleware and game engines relevant to composing for videogames. To introduce techniques appropriate to composing for video games.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To understand the role of music in videogame and the design concepts specific to this medium.

    (LO2) To understand and implement basic techniques relevant to videogame composition (e.g. looping, transitions, cues, stingers).

    (LO3) To understand the principles and function of middleware engines and game integration.

    (LO4) To be able to compose short pieces of music appropriate to particular videogame genres or game-states.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) IT skills

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) Adaptability

    (S5) Time and project management; organization skills.

  • Curation and Heritage (MUSI353)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of how popular music heritage has been defined by various agents.

    To critically examine different case studies to explore how popular music heritage has been represented, mobilized and interpreted.

    To develop an understanding of debates about cultural value.

    To develop critical awareness, interpretation skills, and essay writing skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have an understanding of how popular music heritage has been defined by various agents.

    (LO2) Have an awareness of the different ways in which constructions of heritage have been represented in different contexts.

    (LO3) Have an understanding how conceptions of heritage relate to debates about cultural value.

    (LO4) Have the ability to identify, discuss and present relevant material and ideas and to prepare well-organised and well-researched written work.

    (S1) Organisational skills.

    (S2) Communication skills.

    (S3) Analytical and critical skills.

  • Independent Project: Classical Performance (MUSI395)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to give students a final-year "capstone" experience in performance, with formative assessments throughout the year, and a summative assessment at the end of first semester, leading to a major performance event at the end of the second. Students will craft their performance techniques to a higher level and should be working towards a professional standard. In this way, the module aims to support students wishing to go on to related postgraduate courses (performance/directing) or otherwise launch into a life involving music performance of whatever variety.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to undertake a public performance in the medium of choice with confidence and credit

    (LO2) Ability to reflect on personal performance development

    (LO3) Ability to use personal reflection in the service of personal improvement as a performer

    (LO4) Understanding of contexts and frameworks of performance and rehearsal as appropriate to the specialism

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

    (S2) Positive attitude/self-confidence. A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

    (S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (ie leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

    (S4) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.

  • Independent Project: Composition (MUSI397)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to give students a final-year "capstone" experience in music composition, with formative assessment at the end of first semester leading to a final composition at the end of the second. The module aims to support students wishing to go on to related postgraduate courses or jobs in music composition.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop a reasonable and effective design methodology.

    (LO2) To hone practical skills needed to craft a substantial musical composition.

    (LO3) To generate work that can be submitted as part of an academic or job portfolio.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

  • Jazz (MUSI341)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To broaden and deepen students’ understanding of jazz
    To develop  the ability to question familiar assumptions about the genre and its history

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding of established narratives of the history of jazz and associated ideologies

    (LO2) Awareness of key themes in jazz history and relate these to specific examples

    (LO3) Ability to investigate, critique and evaluate specific moments within jazz history

    (LO4) Identification of aspects of continuity and change in the development of jazz

    (LO5) Be able to conduct independent research, using a variety of sources, and present findings appropriately

    (S1) Conduct independent research

    (S2) Ability to read and think critically

    (S3) Independently develop original projects/research with clear and focussed aims and objectives

    (S4) Construct logical arguments based on research and interpretation

  • Mixed Media Composition (MUSI308)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a composition for mixed media.
    To enable students to use video in non-linear applications.
    To develop the students’ knowledge of synthesis techniques.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability understand the aesthetic ideas and application for video in music and installation art.

    (LO2) An ability to record and edit video in Final Cut Pro.

    (LO3) An ability to use video in Max and Ableton Live.

    (LO4) An ability to use some advanced synthesis techniques.

    (LO5) An ability to successfully work compose using a mixed media approach.

    (S1) Working independently.

    (S2) Organisational skills.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

  • Music in Everyday Life (MUSI391)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce various issues,perspectives and debates concerning the study of music in daily life.

    To familiarise with key scholarly literature on the topic of music in daily life across academic disciplines.

    To obtain a practical understanding of music’s ability to support personal, social, emotional and therapeutic functions.  

    To obtain a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and approaches.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate understanding and capacity to critically evaluate central topics, perspectives and debates concerning the uses of music in daily life.

    (LO2) Demonstrate familiarity with key scholarly literature relating to the study of music in daily life.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a critical understanding of music’s ability to support personal social, emotional and therapeutic functions.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and approaches.

    (S1) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning.

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information.

  • Music Policy (MUSI352)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To examine a wide range of government policies influencing the production and consumption of music.

    To situate the relationship between music and policy within local, national and international and historical contexts.

    To compare approaches to music and policy involving different types of government.

    To consider different approaches to the study of music policy and how it might be conceptualised and understood.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of government policy on music and musical cultures and identities.

    (LO2) Students will gain a greater knowledge of varying approaches and attitudes to music from government bodies with contrasting political and cultural roles and relationships.

    (LO3) Students will gain a familiarisation with scholarly literature on music policy and how to apply some of the concepts and theories involved to particular case study.

    (LO4) Students will gain a critical perspectives on key concepts issues and debates related to the study of music policy and how they could be applied to particular case studies.

    (S1) Organisational skills.

    (S2) Communication skills.

  • Orchestration (MUSI307)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop accuracy and fluency in notation. To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different orchestrational tasks. To refine and expand knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches. To develop self-critical skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To use the Sibelius notation software at an advanced level.

    (LO2) To orchestrate monophonic music for polyphonic resources.

    (LO3) To demonstrate an advanced understanding of formal archetypes across a range of musical idioms.

    (LO4) To demonstrate competency in notating when orchestration assignments.

    (LO5) To demonstrate critical skills in analysing strategies for orchestration.

    (LO6) To engage with aesthetic aspects of music composition.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

    (S3) Time and project management - Project planning.

  • Popular Music Composition 2 (MUSI310)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting10:90
    Aims

    To encourage a broader range and greater depth of understanding and practice in students' music practice. To provide exposure to, and experience in, handling a range of musical forms. To develop self critical skills. To provide further opportunities to develop orchestration and arranging skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To produce compositions/songs that demonstrate development in the student's practice.

    (LO2) To demonstrate a greater understanding of theoretical underpinnings of their compositions.

    (LO3) To be able to effectively communicate ideas to other musicians in a professional setting, including, where necessary, some form of notation. (Use of notation software such as Sibelius)

    (LO4) To demonstrate the ability to write and arrange for a range of instruments, beyond their own performance instrument.

    (LO5) To promote familiarity and understanding of broader music repertoires.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual).Presentation Skills.

    (S2) Critical Thinking and problem solving - creative thinking.

    (S3) Time and project management- Personal organisation.

    (S4) IT skills: notation software, recording and editing software.

  • Popular Performance Contexts (MUSI303)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To gain conceptual knowledge of issues related to contexts in pop performance.

    To further explore the development of tropes in pop performance via case studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Gain conceptual knowledge of issues related to contexts in pop performance.

    (LO2) To further explore the development of tropes in pop performance via case studies.

    (S1) Adaptability.

    (S2) Organisational skills.

    (S3) Communication skills.

  • Sound Studies (MUSI322)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to: Develop a critical understanding of sound in society by examining the way in which the production and consumption of sound are bound up in social relations and practices.  Introduce students to key theoretical approaches and perspectives from the emerging field of sound studies. Develop critical listening skills. Adopt a comparative perspective, enabling students to reflect critically upon their own music-related practices, ideas and values.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module students should be able to: Demonstrate understanding of key terms, concepts and methods within the emerging field of sound studies.

    (LO2) Demonstrate developed critical aural skills.

    (LO3) Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical ideas in relation to reflections on their own experiences and observations of social life.

    (LO4) Have the ability to discuss relevant material and ideas, and to prepare well-organised and well-researched written work.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S4) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

  • The Film Music of John Williams (MUSI370)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an account of John Williams' film music output (including stylistic development and compositional technique). To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and the narrative and dramatic content of the relevant films. To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and traditional or historical compositional techniques. To provide students with an appreciation of the contextual issues relevant to understanding John Williams' film music (e.g. Hollywood; directorial vision; populism etc).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of John Williams' film music output (from a stylistic perspective).

    (LO2) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and earlier compositional traditions and conventions.

    (LO3) To be able to relate elements of John William's compositional technique to specific film contexts or mechanics.

    (LO4) To demonstrate an awareness of broader critical and cultural issues, as relevant to situating John William's film music in context.

    (LO5) To be able to apply knowledge, understanding, and awareness (as described in the prior learning outcomes). To original case-study film examples.

    (S1) Research skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Comprehension

    (S4) Writing skills

    (S5) Applied skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) Critical Thinking

  • School of the Arts Work Placements Module (SOTA300)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context. To apply within that practical or vocational context professional, pedagogical, theoretical and other knowledge relevant to the development and delivery of the placement materials and/or tasks. To apply academic and/or theoretical knowledge within a practical context, and reflect and report on the relationship between the two. To develop and identify a range of personal/ employability skills, and reflect and report on this development.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks, according to a given specification and requirement, within a practical or vocational context.

    (LO2) To reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials developed and/or the tasks undertaken.

    (LO3) To identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application.

    (LO4) To identify, reflect and report on a range of personal/employability skills.

    (S1) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S9) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

We employ a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, master classes, 1-2-1 instrumental lessons, ensemble coaching, and online tasks and projects. The emphasis is on student participation and interaction. We fit the most appropriate mode of teaching to the particular subject, conscious that the learning process needs to be enjoyable, enabling you to acquire useful and marketable skills and knowledge.


Assessment

Each module has an individually determined system of assessment (by coursework, written paper, test, recital, composition or technology portfolio, presentation or podcast, examination, and combinations of these), and we select the method that best suits the nature of the module.