Approaches to Composition and Performance

Module code: W3035
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module examines the intersection between composition, improvisation and live performance through a range of different contemporary approaches explored through practical experiment and criticial reflection.

The emphasis is on creative work explored through discussion and group and individual composition, improvisation and performance (using instrumental and vocal, and conventional and improvised/experimental 'instruments' and techniques). A number of set works in a variety of styles will provide focus and suggest developments of basic techniques, appropriate to individual interests.

You will engage in critical evaluation of these practices, and of each others work. You do not need to be an established instrumental or vocal performer or have prior experience of composition or improvisation to participate fully in the module.

Module learning outcomes

  • Account for and demonstrate the role(s) of music in appropriate media through analysis and practical projects.
  • Demonstrate creative flair and the ability to tailor a range of creative ideas (including compositional, improvisational and performance) to appropriate formats.
  • Demonstrate skills of musical co-operation through performance as a member of an ensemble.
  • Critcally reflect upon their own and others creative production.