Rewriting the Canon (W3096)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module offers a contemporary take on the traditional canon of ‘great’ musical works. Encouraging both the generation of fresh insights with respect to historical musical traditions and the opportunity to develop your own compositional practice, the module allows you to practically explore various rewriting strategies such as re-composition, remixing, and arrangement.

You will develop your abilities in the close reading of specific musical pieces. You’ll also produce practical, creative responses to those pieces. The module moves the focus away from traditional analysis as ‘dots on paper’ towards close listening, unconventional contexts, and an interrogation of traditional techniques and the shadow they cast over contemporary practices of musicking.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: