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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: W340
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • 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

Students take 60 credits in compulsory modules and four optional modules (the majority from popular modules).

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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 OutcomesTo demonstrate an understanding of the key features of different styles/genres of popular music

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

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

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

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

    To b​Be able to produce a bibliography in a given format

  • Music As An Industry (MUSI150)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. To introduce students to the range of activities undertaken by the music business  

      ​To explain the organisation and functions of record companies
    2.  

      To outline and discuss issues raised by the relationship between commerce, stardom and everyday music making​
    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

    Discuss the changing contexts of the music industries

    ​Outline the different structures and functions of record companies

    Demonstrate knowledge of how record companies fit into the music business as a whole.

    Identify and discuss processes through which music is commodified and mediated.​
  • Music As Sound (MUSI110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To provide a generic foundation in analytical skills appropriate for music from a range of repertoires, including different popular musics, international traditional musics, and art musics.
    2. ​To make analysis accessible to those without prior musical experience, and to encourage a different way of thinking about analysis for those with competence in music theory that will complement and build on their existing knowledge.​
    3. To introduce students to concepts and terminology appropriate for the analytical description of recordings of music from different repertoires.​​
    Learning Outcomes​Be able to describe and identify the key elements and processes that make up a music recording, using both verbal and non-verbal means.

    ​Be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the functions and possibilities of different musical aspects, and be able to explain the implications of musical details found in a music recording.

    ​Be able to undertake a critical analysis of a music recording, using written, graphical, and technical tools, and describing how musical aspects are manifested and interact in a particular piece

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

    The aims of this modules are:

    1. 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. 
    2. 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. 
    3. 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. 
    4. 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. 
    5. To help the students to understand interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to the study of music. 
    6. Topics covered in this module will include: performance, reception, identities, politics, values, histories, place, migration, etc.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    ​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.​

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

    ​To gain understanding of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to the study of music.​

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

  • Theory for Popular Music (MUSI182)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    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​
  • Learning Outcomes

    ​​Students will be able to use different terminologies of music theory

    ​Students will be able to identify and construct intervals, chords, and scales, in both written and aural form

    Students will be able to use key elements of notation relevant to the study of popular music​, including  chord symbols

    Students will develop their aural skills in relation to popular music​

Year One Optional Modules

  • Music and Culture (MUSI120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting25:75
    AimsTo introduce students to the breadth and scope of the study of music at university, and to key issues in such study
    To introduce students to key issues and concepts used in the study of music in relation to culture, as a part of culture, and as a culture in itself
    To develop core information literacy skills required for the study of music at university
    To provide a foundation for further study of music and culture at Levels To provide a foundation for further study of music and culture at Levels To provide a foundation for further study of music and culture at Levels Five and and Six.
    Learning OutcomesDemonstrate baseline skills in referencing and citation

    Locate and identify relevant sources for the critical study of music

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues in and theories relevant to the critical study of music

    Demonstrate a critical approach to, and an understanding of, the intersection between issues and/or theories, and musical repertoires, cultures or practices, demonstrating independence of thought.
  • 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

    Be able ​to differentiate between the styles of representative composers using appropriate musical vocabulary

    ​Be able to evaluate the main reasons for the changes in musical style during this period

    ​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

    ​Be able to produce a bibliography in a given format

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

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

    Learning OutcomesAbility to identify and notate all notes on treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs, and describe them in terms of their scale degrees
    Ability to identify and notate all 12 keys, major and minor, on treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs​, and to transpose between keys 
    ​​Ability to identify and construct intervals in notated form using correct notational spelling
    ​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.)
    ​​Understanding of basic figured bass terminology and symbols, and how they relate to broader musical terminology (e.g., "6/4 cadence")

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

    Ability to use standard technical terminology for descriptions of time (rhythm, bars/measures, etc.), dynamics (Italian terms), individual musical lines, and harmony.
    ​Ability to reduce an orchestral score to 1-4 stave lines
  • Analytical Techniques (MUSI180)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. ​To introduce basic and generic concepts of music theory and notation relevant to all later modules associated with the study of musical texts

    2. ​​To introduce important musical forms

    3. ​To examine the use of instruments through score reading​

    Learning Outcomes

    Be able to identify and label keys, chords, cadences, modulations, and phrase structure

    ​​​Be able to identify the structural landmarks which define a particular musical form​

    ​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

    ​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.​


  • 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​​​​​​​​

    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)

    ​To perform with a sound technique


    To think critically about concepts and methods of practice​

  • Compositional Techniques (MUSI106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims
    1. To gain greater awareness of formal considerations to provide experience in handling small-scale musical form

    2. ​To develop self-critical skills

    3. ​To develop accuracy and fluency in notation and musicianship

    4. ​To introduce students to the origins and historical development of counterpoint

    5. ​To gain basic awareness of a range of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches

    Learning Outcomes

    To demonstrate basic competency in notation and musicianship​

    ​To demonstrate skills in the transformation and manipulation of musical data

    To show an understanding of species counterpoint​ and basic functional harmony

    To engage with aesthetic aspects of music composition​

  • Sound Recording and Production 1 (MUSI108)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To introduce students to a variety of microphones and fundamental recording and production techniques in a professional studio.

    2. To enable students to use a digital recording studio effectively

    3. ​To develop the students'' individual and group work skills within the studio environment 
    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    ​An ability to explain, justify and reflect on recording and production techniques used in the recording studio

    ​An ability to explain, justify and reflect on the mixing techniques and effects used in the recording studio

  • Introduction to Logic (MUSI109)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​​To introduce students to MIDI sequencing and to consolidate their technical knowledge and skills, bringing them to an internediate 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​​​​Proficiency to an intermediate level in the use Logic Pro software for composing and editing MIDI sequenced music

    ​The ability to transfer a sequenced composition to an audio CD or MP3 file​

    ​The ability to successfully compose music for digital video and render it to a Quicktime movie file​

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

    ​The ability to correctly use the mixing facilities in Logic Studio​

    Gain an enhanced understanding of software synthesis parameters​

    ​​To 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 OutcomesTo demonstrate an understanding of the key features of different styles/genres of popular music

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

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

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

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

    To b​Be able to produce a bibliography in a given format

  • Music As An Industry (MUSI150)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. To introduce students to the range of activities undertaken by the music business  

      ​To explain the organisation and functions of record companies
    2.  

      To outline and discuss issues raised by the relationship between commerce, stardom and everyday music making​
    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

    Discuss the changing contexts of the music industries

    ​Outline the different structures and functions of record companies

    Demonstrate knowledge of how record companies fit into the music business as a whole.

    Identify and discuss processes through which music is commodified and mediated.​
  • Musics of the World (MUSI160)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • To introduce students to the variety of forms, modes of transmission, aesthetic goals and social contexts that music enjoys world-wide.

  • To make students more aware of what unites, and what differentiates, musical practices in different cultures.

  • To provide a preparatory background for the study of ethnomusicology.



  • To provide a forum for the oral disucssion of fundamental musical questions by students and tutors with different experience and interests.​​​
  • Learning Outcomes​Demonstrate some familiarity with a range of the world''s musical traditions and practices

    ​Describe and compare these musical traditions and practices using appropriate terminology.

    Demonstrate an understanding of ethnomusicology

  • Introduction to Sound and Music in Audiovisual Media (MUSI170)
    LevelQ4
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. To familiarise students with how sound is used in mutlimedia forms, with a particular emphasis on classical Hollywood film practices
    2. To establish the importance of sound on our interpretation of audiovisual media, and to explore how a change of soundtrack can encourage a different reading of the image.​ 
    3. ​To investigate the practicalities of composing for film: cues, editing cuts, synching etc.​ 

    4. To engage theoretically with audio-visual modes of discourse.​
    5. ​​To assess the critical problems of musical narrative and meaning.​ 
    Learning Outcomes​​To read and discuss key texts in a critical and comparative manner.

    To apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music that combines audio, visual and literary theories and methods.​

    To discuss together sound, image and narrative and so display lateral and investigative essay writing skills.​
    To use appropriate theoretical frameworks as a basis for the critical analysis of a multimedia object.​
  • Theory for Popular Music (MUSI182)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    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​
  • Learning Outcomes

    ​​Students will be able to use different terminologies of music theory

    ​Students will be able to identify and construct intervals, chords, and scales, in both written and aural form

    Students will be able to use key elements of notation relevant to the study of popular music​, including  chord symbols

    Students will develop their aural skills in relation to popular music​

  • Music As Sound (MUSI110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To provide a generic foundation in analytical skills appropriate for music from a range of repertoires, including different popular musics, international traditional musics, and art musics.
    2. ​To make analysis accessible to those without prior musical experience, and to encourage a different way of thinking about analysis for those with competence in music theory that will complement and build on their existing knowledge.​
    3. To introduce students to concepts and terminology appropriate for the analytical description of recordings of music from different repertoires.​​
    Learning Outcomes​Be able to describe and identify the key elements and processes that make up a music recording, using both verbal and non-verbal means.

    ​Be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the functions and possibilities of different musical aspects, and be able to explain the implications of musical details found in a music recording.

    ​Be able to undertake a critical analysis of a music recording, using written, graphical, and technical tools, and describing how musical aspects are manifested and interact in a particular piece

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

    The aims of this modules are:

    1. 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. 
    2. 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. 
    3. 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. 
    4. 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. 
    5. To help the students to understand interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to the study of music. 
    6. Topics covered in this module will include: performance, reception, identities, politics, values, histories, place, migration, etc.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    ​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.​

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

    ​To gain understanding of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to the study of music.​

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

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Post-wagnerian Music and Philosophy (MUSI230)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. ​ to introduce a range of genres by various European composers that were influenced by Wagnerian music drama.
    2. ​ to consider music’s response to philosophical trends at the turn of the 20th century.

    3. to explore the post-Wagnerian repertoire with a range of aesthetic, hermeneutic and analytical strategies (using scores, recorded performances).​

    4. ​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.


    Learning Outcomes

    to engage with philosophical ideas as they apply to fin de siècle music​

    ​to evaluate the relevance of philosophical discourses in musical.​

    ​to assess the impact of Wagner across a range of European composers.​

    ​​

  • 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

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

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

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

    Display self-awareness of the leader''s role in relationship to the ensemble during performance and rehearsal
  • Classical Practical Study 2b (MUSI202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To further develop standard of practical performance

    2. To expand knowledge of repertory

    3. ​To encourage critical thinking about concepts and methods of practice​​​

    4. To further develop the acuity of professionalattitudes and skills in regards to practise and performance and with a particular attention todetails of listening and intonation.

    5. To equip the student with the knowledge andskills necessary to make informed decisions regarding intonation in their ownpractise and performance.

    Learning Outcomes​​​​​

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


    ​Be able to perform in a manner that is confident, secure and accurate

    ​Be able to​ think critically about concepts and practices​​ relevant to the subject

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

  • Composition and Orchestration 2a (MUSI206)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting15:85
    Aims
  • ​To provide experience in handling simple musical forms
  • ​To develop self-critical skills

  • To develop accuracy and fluency in notation

  • To refine and expand knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches​

  • To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different orchestrational tasks​

  • Learning OutcomesTo use the Sibelius notation software at an intermediate level

    To arrange short pieces for small ensembles​

    To demonstrate competency in notating composition and orchestration assignments​

    To demonstrate skills in the transformation and manipulation of musical data​

    To engage with aesthetic aspects of music composition​​

    To expand familiarity and understanding of classical music repertoire​

  • Compositional Forms (MUSI207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting10:90
    Aims
    1. To develop accuracy and fluency in notation

    2. To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different compositional tasks

    3. ​To refine and expand knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches

    4. ​To develop self-critical skills

    5. To provide experience in working with musical forms​

    Learning OutcomesTo use the Sibelius notation software at an intermediate level

    ​To demonstrate an advanced understanding of formal archetypes across a range of musical idioms

    To demonstrate competency in notating composition assignments​

    To engage with aesthetic aspects of music composition​​

    To expand familiarity and understanding of classical music repertoire​

  • Electronic Music Composition 1 (MUSI208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​To introduce the students to basic audio editing/mixing and sound organisation techniques in a DAW (digital audio workstation) within the context of acousmatic music.​​


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

  • T​o enable the students to use a DAW effectively to an intermediate level. ​

  • ​T​o develop the students awareness of the technical and aesthetic issues surrounding acousmatic music within the wider context of contemporary music. ​

  • ​To introduce the student to the graphic transcription of sound. ​​

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

  • Learning Outcomes

    The students will be able to effectively edit/mix and transform sound files within a DAW and more​ specialist audio applications.​

    The student will be able to organise sound material effectively within a DAW to create an original composition in the ​style of acousmatic music.​

    The student will have an understanding of the technical and aesthetic issues surrounding electronic music and be able contextualise their own work within the contemporary wider repertoire.

    ​The student will be able to operate a portable recording device to a standard relevant to the module. ​

  • Introduction to Max/msp (MUSI209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​To introduce students to the MAX/MSP programming environment
  • To enable students to effectively build patches for making generative music

  • To enable students to effectively build patches for live and interactive making music​ applications

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will develop further their knowledge of computing and music​

    ​Students will be able to make a patch that generates music automatically

    ​Students will be able to build patches and use them within a live performance situation.

    ​Students will understand the concept of generative music​

  • Critical Approaches 2: Music, Race, and Postcoloniality (MUSI222)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    - to understand theways race, coloniality, and postcoloniality intersect with music 

    - to develop furthercritical understandings of music in social relations 

    - to learn the ways differenttraditions of studying music (ethnomusicology, musicology, popular musicstudies, and cultural studies) approach the question ofrace

    - to develop skillsin representing critical thinking in non-essay forms (presentations and projects) 

    - to develop furtheressay writing and written presentation skills

    Learning Outcomes

    ​To demonstrate anunderstanding of how race, coloniality, and postcoloniality are expressed andembedded in musical works and practices. 

    ​To demonstrate further critical understandings of music in social relations.

  • European Popular Song (MUSI242)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​This module seeks to expand the breadth of students'' familiarity with popular music genres by focusing on non-Anglophone genres and by extending the historical scope. This provides students with a wider general musical knowledge and a richer context for the study of other musical genres, either elsewhere in the degree programme or in future learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will be able to identify and critically compare the musical features of a range of European popular musics

    ​Students will be able to explain the connections between European popular music styles and their social, historical, and musical contexts

    ​Students will be able to explain the cultural and political importance of certain European popular music styles

    ​Students will be able to explain the points of comparison between different styles emerging in similar contexts, and between similar styles emerging in different contexts

  • 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

    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.

    ​Research Skills - especially with regard to the second assignement, a student''s ability to research contemporary music-industrial practice should be improved by staisfactory completion of the module.

    ​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.

    ​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.

    ​Writing Skills - The writing skills of students will develop through enagaging with differeing assigment 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.

    ​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.

    ​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.

    ​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.

    ​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 profesionally by being encouraged to develop an understanding of the specific blends of informal and formal behaviours asociated with generating commercial music outcomes (recordings, liceneces and performances).

  • Music and Society 2: Music, Culture and Identity (MUSI260)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce the study of music as lived culture using case studies of various social groups.

  • ​ To examine music’s role and significance in the construction of identity.

  • ​To familiarise students with key themes, issues and concepts in the study of musical cultures and identities.

  • ​To introduce a range of research methods and approaches to be deployed in the study of musical cultures and identities.​​
  • Learning Outcomes

    Be able to demonstrate understanding of key terms, concepts and methods and their relevance to the study of musical cultures and identities. 


    Be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of music as culture and the way that musical cultures may be distinguished through social conventions.

    Be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the relationship between music and identity.​

    Be able ​to adopt a comparative perspective, enabling critical reflection upon students'' own music-related practices, ideas and values.


    Be able ​​to demonstrate transferable skills in critical thought, communication, presentation and writing.​

  • Music in Audiovisual Media 2: Music in Gaming (MUSI272)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond 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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. orchestral styles, film music, popular music in compiled tracks)

    Learning Outcomes

    ​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

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

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

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

  • Beethoven's Life and Works (MUSI280)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​​To explore methods of analysis of 20th-century msuic
  • ​​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​Students will learn about new modes of understanding musical meaning and the construction of a composer''s life. 

    ​Students will be able to apply these to appropriate examples of works from the repertory.​

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

  • Introduction to Music Psychology (MUSI299)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​Tointroduce and broaden students’ knowledge and understanding about centralissues of music psychology​

  • To allow students to gain anunderstanding of how music influences listeners and performers in everydaycontexts, and what are the essential mechanisms and processes involved indifferent kinds of music-related activities

  • To allowthe students to recognize the interdisciplinary nature of the field of MusicPsychology.​
  • To introduce students’to empirical methods employed within music psychology​
  • ​Toprovide students with the opportunity to develop a practical understanding of basicexperimental methods in the psychology of music​

  • Learning OutcomesTo understand central issues and theories of music psychology​.​To acquire working knowledge of theories and methods used in the field of Music Psychology.

    To appraise existing scholarship in the field of music psychology and be able to argue how the theoretical and empirical issues are connected.

    To acquire basic understanding on research designs, gathering and managing empirical data, and performing simple analysis using quantitative technique.

    ​​By the end of this module, students will be able to critically analyse existent scholarship in the field of Music Pscyhology and be able to communicate their views and ideas to an audience

  • Analysing Romantic Music (MUSI281)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​To explore the music of Romantic and early-Modern composers such as Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Wagner.​

    ​To learn analytical techniques of understanding how this music ''''works''''​​

    To explore the kind of theoretical questions opened up by the evolution of harmony, tonality, and form in the nineteenth century​

    Learning Outcomes

    ​​Display a deep understanding of the styles of 19th-century composers

    ​Appreciate principles of musical evolution, including factors which drive change in harmony, tonality, and form​

    ​Understand the theory and practice of analytical techniques appropriate to different musical styles

    ​Test, Develop and Apply analytical techniques appropriate to the ''object'' under scrutiny.

  • 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

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

    ​To acquire compositional techniques and methods appropriate to the medium

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

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

    ​To hone skills in music sequencing and production in order to prepare professional level presentation materials

  • 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

    ​Demonstrate understanding of central topics, perspectives and debates concerning the emotional power of music​

    ​Demonstrate familiarity with key scholarly literature related to the study of music and emotion in both sciences and humanities​

    ​Demonstrate a practical understanding of music’s ability to express and induce emotions​

    ​Demonstrate a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches in used sciences and humanities research​

  • 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

    ​Understand the historical and musical development of the musical in relation to historical context​

    ​Analyse musical content in relation to its dramatic context, including details of staging and/or cinematic presentation​

    ​​​​

    ​Understand and critically evaluate musical theatre performances and performance practice​

  • 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

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

    ​ 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. 

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

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

  • Music, Gender, and Sexuality (MUSI220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    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 OutcomesBe able to demonstrate understanding of a range of theories of gender and sexualityBe able to explain musical texts, practices, or cultures through theories of gender or sexuality

    Be able to draw connections between theories of gender/sexuality and musical texts/practices/cultures, to explain how the latter are informed by or help articulate the former​

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

    ·      Tointroduce students to popular musics of the world, particularly of non-AngloAmerican origins, focusing on various local forms, styles, repertoires andaesthetics.

    ·      Tomake students aware of the dynamics of social, cultural and historicalinfluences that give shape to the development of contemporary popular musics ofthe world.

    ·      Tobroaden students knowledge and perspectives on popular musics of the world whichare distinctively local or regional on the one hand but connected to globalpopular culture.

    ·       To develop a comparative perspectiveand reflect critically on the popular musical cultures of the world includingthe student’s own popular culture/music.


    Learning Outcomes

    ​Demonstrate an understanding of popular musics of the world, particularily of non-Anglo American origins, their various local forms, styles and repertoires. ​

    Demonstrate their awareness of the dynamics of social, cultural andhistorical influences that give shape to the development of contemporarypopular musics of the world.

    Demonstrate their knowledge andperspectives on popular musics of the world in different local, regional andglobal contexts. 

    Demonstrate their critical thinking aboutdifferent popular musical forms and practices. 

    Demonstrate a comparativeperspective and ability to reflect critically on the popular musical culturesof the world including the student’s own popular culture/music.  

    ​Demonstrate transferable skills in criticalthought, communication, presentation and writing. 
  • 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

    ​The student will be able to sucessfully produce location and foley recordings.​

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

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

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

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

  • Sound Technology and Society (MUSI240)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    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

    On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

    To understand the major theoretical approaches to the study of popular music and technology.

    To identify significant developments in instrumental technology, production equipment/techniques and distribution technologies.​

    To demonstrate developed listening skills in relation to recorded production techniques and instrumentation.​​​​​​

    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​
  • World Music and Globalisation (MUSI262)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​This module will critically examine how ‘world music’ is shaped by cultural, economic and political globalisation, with respect to its creation, distribution and consumption. It will look at the local specificities of the world music repertoire, music styles and aesthetics, their social significance in historical contexts and their positions in domestic and global music markets. Various musical genres and forms (including traditional, folk, classical, pop, ‘fusion’, etc.) from Asia, South/Latin America, Africa and the Middle East will be included in the lectures. It will also look at composers, performers, producers, promoters, audiences and consumers, as well as events and venues of world music to understand the creative processes of world music.​

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Demonstrate a critical understanding of world music and globalisation from both academic and industry points of view​

    ​Demonstrate their awareness of a wide range of practical uses and artistic adaptations of world music in various contexts including commercial and education sectors​

    ​Demonstrate their understanding of the local specificities of the world music repertoire, music styles and aesthetics, their social significance in historical contexts and their positions in domestic and global music markets​

    ​Demonstrate their knowledge about various musical genres and forms of world music (including traditional, folk, classical, pop, ‘fusion’, etc.)​

    ​Demonstrate their understanding of the creative processes of world music​

    ​Demonstrate a comparative perspective and ability to reflect critically on world music and globalisation​

  • Writing for Instruments 1 (MUSI211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To develop accuracy and fluency in notation
    2. ​To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different orchestrational tasks

    3. ​To refine and expand knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches

    4. ​to Develop Self Critical Skills

    Learning Outcomes

    To use the Sibelius notation software at an advanced level​

    To demonstrate an advanced understanding of formal archetypes across a range of musical idioms​

    ​To demonstrate competency when notating  orchestration assignments


    To demonstrate critical skills in analysing strategies for orchestration​

    To engage with aesthetic aspects of orchestration​

Year Three Optional Modules

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

    To gain a better understand of the many different aspects of historically informed performance practice

    Learning Outcomes

    ​To gain understanding of historically informed performance practice

  • 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

    gain familiarity with texts and contexts in the history of music aesthetics

    learn to reflect critically on conceptual readings

    learn to form connections to aural judgments​

    improve the ability to organise and communicate challenging intellectual materials​

  • Analysing Twentieth Century Music (MUSI381)

    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

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

    ​Students will be able to apply these to appropriate examples of works from the repertory.​

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

    ​Students will engage with a broad repertoire of 20th Century pieces in depth

  • Art Song (MUSI326)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    • To consider how the genre of the Western Art-Song was established and continued from 1800-2000
    • To introduce a range of different composers and musical styles within the genre and the technical vocabulary needed for discussing these style
    • To explore examples of the genre with a variety of aesthetic, hermeneutic and analytical strategies (using both scores, recordings and analysis software)
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Ability to define the main elements that constitute the art-song​

    ​Ability to evaluate the main innovations within that genre over a 200 year period​​

    ​Ability to differentiate between the composers/styles of music within the genre using appropriate musical vocabulary and techniques​​

    ​Ability 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  

  • Beethoven's Life and Works (MUSI331)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To develop an understanding of the compositional techniques employed in Beethoven''s compositional output

    2. ​To situate Beethoven''s output in relation to both earlier 18thC and later 19thC musical traditions

    3. ​To develop an understanding of the effects of social and cultural institutions, literature and other aesthetic and philosophical traditions on the composition and reception of Beethoven''s output

    4. To develop skills in listening, analysis and criticism specifically suited to the works under scrutiny

    Learning OutcomesStudents will learn about new modes of understanding musical meaning and the construction of a composer''s life.

    Students will be able to apply this understanding to appropriate examples of works from the repertory.​

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

  • 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

    ​To understand the role of music in videogame and the design concepts specific to this medium

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

    ​To understand the principles and function of middleware engines and game integration

    ​To be able to compose short pieces of music appropriate to particular videogame genres or game-states

  • Curation and Heritage (MUSI353)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst 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

    ​Have an understanding of how popular music heritage has been defined by various agents​

    ​Have an awareness of the different ways in which constructions of heritage have been represented in different contexts​

    ​Have an understanding how conceptions of heritage relate to debates about cultural value​

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

  • Electronic Music Composition 2 (MUSI332)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​Aims


    To introduce the student to multichannel compositional techniques in electronic music. 


    To introduce the student to more advanced audio editing and sound transformation techniques.


    To further develop the students ability to respond critically to electronic music compositional techniques and to contextual their work within the wider repertoire. 


    To introduce the student to the performance of electronic music through sound diffusion.


    To further develop the students written analytical skills in relation to the contemporary electronic music repertoire and practise. ​

    Learning Outcomes

    ​The student will be able to produce a graphic transcription of a piece of electronic music

    The student will be able to present a piece of electronic music in an appropriate manner using sound diffusion techniques.​

    The student will be able to demonstrate through a piece of creative work advanced audio editing and sound transformation techniques appropriate to the medium.​​

    The will student be able to produce an electronic music composition in a multichannel format that demonstrates techniques appropriate to the medium.


    ​The student will be able to produce a short electronic piece suitable for stereo diffusion

  • 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

    ​To develop a reasonable and effective design methodology​

    ​​To hone practical skills needed to craft a substantial musical composition

    ​​To generate work that can be submitted as part of an academic or job portfolio​

  • 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

    On successful completion of this module students should be able:

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

     

    • ​​To consider the factors that convert texts to symbolic goods in pursuit of audiences and market success​

    ​· To demonstrate understanding of key concepts, issues, debates and relating to the study of contemporary popular music

    · To demonstrate a developed understanding of the factors that are active in generic change within popular music.
  • Mixed Media Composition (MUSI308)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To enhance students knowledge of synthesis and digital audio


  • ​To to consider and pursue the use of synthesis and digital audio in experimental electronic music



  • To enhance students knowledge and skills in compositing for the moving image



  • Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of digital audio and sound synthesis

    ​​​​

    ​ To use advanced synthesis techniques in a composition


    To be able to compose effective music for a moving image project​

    ​To incorporate video into a MAX/MSP/Jitter patch and control it woth sound.

  • 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 scholarlyliterature on the topic of music in daily life across academic disciplines

     

    To obtain a practicalunderstanding of music’s ability to support personal, social, emotional andtherapeutic functions;

     

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    • Demonstrate familiarity with key scholarly literature relating to the study of music in daily life ​

    • ​Demonstrate a critical understanding of music’s ability to support personal social, emotional and therapeutic functions

    • ​Demonstrate a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and approaches​

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

    ​The module has four main 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

    ​Deeper understanding of the impact of government policy on music and musical cultures and identities​

    ​Greater knowledge of varying approaches and attitudes to music from government bodies with contrasting political and cultural roles and relationships​

    ​Familiarisation with scholarly literature on music policy and how to apply some of the concepts and theories involved to particular case study​

    ​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​

  • Music Technology Projects (MUSI309)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To enable students to develop and practice, to a more advanced level, their composition and production skills

  • To encourage students to work confidently andeffectively on a self-directed and independent project​

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced level skills and techniques in the area of music production or composition using music technology.

    Students will have developed organizational skills and the confidence to work effectively on a self-directed project​​​

    ​Students will develop their skills of self-evaluation and self-criticism 

    ​Students will develop further their analyticaland critical skills for examining commercial recording or professionalcompositions

  • Orchestration (MUSI307)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To develop accuracy and fluency in notation
    2. ​To realise practical knowledge of instruments in relation to different orchestrational tasks

    3. ​To refine and expand knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches

    4. ​To develop self-critical skills

    Learning Outcomes

    To use the Sibelius notation software at an advanced level

    ​To orchestrate monophonic  music for polyphonic resources

    To demonstrate an advanced understanding of formal archetypes across a range of musical idioms​

    To demonstrate competency in notating when orchestration assignments

    To demonstrate critical skills in analysing strategies for orchestration​

    To engage with aesthetic aspects of music composition​

  • 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

    ​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

    Demonstrate developed critical aural skills.​

    Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical ideas in relation to reflections on their own experiences and observations of social life​​​

    Have the ability to discuss relevant material and ideas, and to prepare well-organised and well-researched written work.​
  • 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

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

    ​​​To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between John Williams'' film music and earlier compositional traditions and conventions

    ​​To be able to relate elements of John William''s compositional technique to specific film contexts or mechanics

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

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

  • The Place of Music (MUSI360)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    • To explore the relationship between music and place and examine music as a social and spatial practice
    • To consider how through music places and spaces are created and transformed, experienced, represented and imagined
    • To assess different methods and approaches for studying the relationship between music and place
    • To review perspectives and debates on music and place from a range of academic disciplines
    • To enable students to examine the place of music through case studies and examples of their own choosing

    Learning Outcomes

    Deeper understanding of how music both shapes and is shaped by place​​

    ​Familiarisation with scholarly literature on music and place and the key concepts, issues and debates involved
    Awareness of critical perspectives on music and place and how to apply them to specific examples and case studies ​​

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. There are also some work placements and volunteering roles available with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), as well as the RLPO’s outreach programme ‘In Harmony’.


Assessment

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