Advanced Composition and Arrangement

Module code: W3067
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Tutorial *
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module develops advanced practices in musical composition and orchestration techniques, and allows you to work on small-scale compositions and/or arrangements that reflect your own creative interests. Through a range of case studies from the birth of the orchestra to contemporary ensemble music, the seminars focus on practical and aesthetic issues and are geared towards assessed projects as well as helping lay the foundations for larger-scale work. The seminars provide you with peer and tutor feedback, as well as guidance on your assessed projects.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate compositional and arrangement skills (e.g. structural organisation, reasonable fluency in harmonic and rhythmic thinking, creative use of orchestration).
  • Demonstrate advanced musical compositional skills (creative flair, the ability to tailor compositional and arrangement ideas to appropriate formats and large scale structural thinking).
  • Analyse and critically evaluate texts (particularly musical scores).
  • Reflect critically on their own and others creative production.