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.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: