Performing and Writing Music (W3035)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module examines the intersection between composition and performance through a range of different musical approaches involving practical experiment, critical reflection and peer feedback. The emphasis is on creative work, culminating in a portfolio of music that makes up your final submission.  

In this module you will develop your musical practice as an artist, composer and performer, both individually and in collaboration with others. You will engage in the critical evaluation of compositional and performance practices of established musicians and of each other’s work, using these exercises to think outside the box and work in new and exciting ways. A variety of styles will provide focus and aid development of basic techniques, appropriate to individual interests. You do not need to be an established instrumental or vocal performer or have prior experience of composition or improvisation to participate in the module.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

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.

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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: