Approaches to Composition and Performance (W3035)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.