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MUSIC

> Level 1
MU 1051
PERFORMANCE 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Jurgensen

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to a BMus Degree programme OR by audition.

Co-requisite(s): Performance 2

Note(s): Where students are studying more than one instrument/voice, they can elect in advance to have them equally weighted, or weighted in the proportion 75% (main instrument) and 25% (second instrument) for assessment purposes.

Students select the pieces they work on in negotiation with their instrumental/voice tutor.

Normally 10 hours of individual instrumental or vocal lessons, plus attendance at all rehearsals and concerts for the nominated ensemble (i.e., at least 36 contact hours, depending on the ensemble).

Tutor report and essay of 2000 words on an aspect of performance. Exemption may be granted for the essay for students with exemplary attendance at the nominated ensemble.

Students resit the failed assessment(s). Recital (for those failing tutor report); resit failed elements of the same essay (for those failing essay).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are being constantly assessed by their tutors in this one-to-one learning context.

Feedback to students is on a continual basis in this one-to-one learning context. Tutors will arrange for a session to go over their comments with the student following the submission of the report.

MU 1052
COMPOSITION AND THEORY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Jurgensen

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus Programme OR evidence of advanced musical literacy.

Co-requisite(s): None

1 one-hour theory class per week
1 two-hour counterpoint class per week.

Portfolio of compositions (66%); theory examination (34%).

Students resit the failed elements of the assessment(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be assessed formatively throughout the course by means of short in-course assignments as well as being monitored on a regular basis by teaching staff.

Students will receive oral feedback following the in-course assignments and written feedback following the submission of coursework.

MU 1053
SURVEY OF WESTERN ART MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Smith

Pre-requisite(s): An ability to read music.

Note(s): This course is taught across the whole session from week 12 to 44.

History of Music: 1 one-hour class per week
Writing about Music: 1 one-hour class per fortnight (smaller groups)

In-course assessment - two essays (66%); examination (34%).

Students resit the failed criteria within the failed assessment(s) or resit the examination.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be assessed formatively throughout the course by means of short in-course assignments as well as being monitored on a regular basis by teaching staff.

Feedback will be given after the final course assignment and regularly throughout the "Writing about Music" component of the course.


MU 1054
MUSICIANSHIP 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: TBC

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to a BMus Degree programme OR by audition.

Note(s): This course is taught across the whole session from week 12 to 44.

12 hours of keyboard skills across the year
1 hour aural class per fortnight (12 in total)
1 hour performance skills per fortnight (12 in total)
Concert attendance (variable)

Continuous assessment by means of regular keyboard skills tests (34%); aural examination (33%); essay (33%).

Students resit the failed assessment(s). Keyboard skills examination (34%); aural examination (33%); essay (33%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be assessed formatively throughout the course by means of short in-course assignments as well as being monitored on a regular basis by teaching staff.

Students will receive oral feedback during session on various aspects of listening, rehearsing as well as written feedback on written coursework.

MU 1055 / MU 1555
DEVELOPING MUSICIANSHIP THROUGH KODALY METHODOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs C McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BEd programme or other applicable year 1 programme.

The course will focus on the Kodaly concept of music education and will cover the following areas:

use of music as a starting point for musical development through the use of age and stage appropriate singing games and rhymes
introduction of music notation using the tools of rhythm names and solfa
use of Kodaly tools in a variety of music contexts, eg composition and instrumental work
how to choose an appropriate repertoire across all primary stages
use of music as a cross-curricular tool with reference to Curriculum for Excellence

1 two-hour session per week.

1st Attempt: Suite of lesson / session plans over a range of ages, 3-6, 6-8, 8-11 - 2,000 words (50%); folio of songs and rhymes with accompanying analysis - 1,000 words (50%).

Resit: Students will only be required to resubmit the failed component of the assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will engage with peer, self and tutor assessment through carrying out practical music activities within the group before taking part in experiential learning in the workplace.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

MU 1056 / MU 1556
DEVELOPING MUSICIANSHIP THROUGH KODALY METHODOLOGY 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr D Smith / Mrs C McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of MU 1055 Developing Musicianship through Kodaly Methodology.

The course will focus on the Kodaly philosophy of music education and will cover the following areas:

use of music as a starting point for musical development through the use of age and stage appropriate singing games and rhymes

further development and understanding of musical notation through use of rhythm names and relative sol-fa
use of Kodaly tools in a variety of contexts, eg pentatonic & diatonic scales, use of tuned and untuned percussion

expand repertoire of activities, songs and games appropriate to use in a primary classroom

use of music as a cross-curricular tool with reference to Curriculum for Excellence

1 two-hour session per week.

1st Attempt: Practical assessment of musicianship (20%); Kodaly methodology in practice (30%); lesson plan / folio of songs with accompanying analysis (50%) (1,500 words).

Resit: Resubmission of above assignment, each or every part (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will engage with peer, self and tutor assessment through carrying out practical musical activities within the group before taking part in experiential learning in the workplace.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within 4 weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

MU 1551
PERFORMANCE 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Jurgensen

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to a BMus Degree programme OR by audition.

Co-requisite(s): Performance 1

Note(s): Where students are studying more than one instrument/voice, they can elect in advance to have them equally weighted, or weighted in the proportion 80% (main instrument) and 20% (second instrument) for purposes of assessment.

Students select the pieces they work on in negotiation with their instrumental/voice tutor.

Normally 10 hours of individual instrumental or vocal lessons, plus attendance at all rehearsals and concerts for the nominated ensemble (i.e., at least 36 contact hours, depending on the ensemble).

Recital and essay of 2,000 words on an aspect of performance. Exemption may be granted for the essay for students with exemplary attendance at the nominated ensemble.

Students resit the failed assessments-the recital, and failed elements of the essay.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are bering constantly assessed by their tutors in this one-to-one learning context.

Feedback to students is on a continual basis in this one-to-one learning context. Tutors will arrange for a session to go over their comments with the student following the submission of the report.

MU 1552
INSTRUMENTATION, HARMONY AND ANALYSIS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Mealor

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of Composition and Theory course

1 two-hour arranging class per week
1 one-hour harmony and analysis class per week

Portfolio of compositions (66%); harmony and analysis examination (34%)

Students resit the failed elements of the assessment(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be assessed formatively throughout the course by means of short in-course assignments as well as being monitored on a regular basis by teaching staff.

Oral feedback will be given following the in-course assignments and written feedback following the submission of coursework.

MU 1556
DEVELOPING MUSICIANSHIP THROUGH KODALY METHODOLOGY 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs C McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of MU1055 Developing Musicianship through Kodaly Methodology

The course will focus on the Kodaly philosophy of music education and will cover the following areas:

  • use of music as a starting point for musical development through the use of age and stage appropriate singing games and rhymes
  • further development and understanding of musical notation through use of rhythm names and relative sol-fa
  • use of Kodaly tools in a variety of contexts, eg pentatonic and diatonic scales, use of tuned and untuned percussion
  • expand repertoire of activities, songs and games appropriate to use in a primary classroom
  • use of music as a cross-curricular tool with reference to Curriculum for Excellence.

1 two-hour session per week

1st Attempt: practical assessment of musicianship (20%); Kodaly methodology in practice (30%); lesson plan/folio of songs with accompanying analysis, 1500 words (50%)

Resit: resubmission of above assignment, each or every part (dependent on initial result)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will engage with peer, self and tutor assessment through carrying out practical musical activities within the group before taking part in experiential learning in the workplace.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within 4 weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

 

> Level 2
MU 2002
MUSIC FROM 1700 TO 1900
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course requires a degree of music literacy.

This course is taught across the whole session from week 12 to 44.

This course traces the development of music from the end of the Baroque period to the end of the nineteenth century, focusing on works by composers including Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and Verdi. It will place changes in musical style and aesthetic in a broader cultural and social context.

12 hours of lectures (weeks 12-17)
12 hours of lectures (weeks 30-35)
12 hours of seminars (weeks 12-17)
12 hours of seminars (weeks 30-35)

1st Attempt: Presentation (20%);
Examination, January diet (40%);
Examination, May diet (40%).

Resit: Students resit the failed assessment(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will receive immediate and direct feedback on their presentations. Generic feedback will be provided after the January examination, and students will be able to seek individual advice where appropriate. As well as providing the vehicle through which presentations are formally assessed, the seminars provide an opportunity for interaction amongst staff/students.

MU 2003
COMPOSITION 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Palmer

Pre-requisite(s): MU 1552 or equivalent.

Note(s): This course is taught across the whole session from week 12 to 44.

The course usually consists of two projects, culminating in the submission of a portfolio of student work. The projects each focus on one genre, such as composing for a percussion ensemble or for voice. Students will work on aleatoric techniques, extended vocal and instrumental techniques, and extended tonalities.

6 two-hour seminars; 12 hours of workshops.

1st Attempt: Portfolio of compositions (100%).

Resit: Students resubmit any composition(s) forming part of the portfolio that have failed.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

The main vehicle for feedback will be the workshops during which student compositions will be performed. Feedback will be given orally, and there will be opportunities for students to participate in the constructive criticism of one another's work. The sessions will be recorded for future use by the external examiners.

MU 2004
HARMONY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Smith

Pre-requisite(s): None, although the course requires a high level of music literacy.

Note(s): This course is taught across the whole session from week 12 to 44.

At the heart of this course are weekly exercises in pastiche composition in which students complete extracts of music by composers mostly of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students gain experience in writing for piano and string quartet, in composing exercises in two- and three-part Baroque counterpoint, and in writing piano accompaniments for German lieder. This course is designed to develop essential techniques of composition, as well as offering invaluable insights into the styles and genres of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century composition.

1 one-hour lecture/seminar per week (20 in total)
1 fifteen-minute small group tutorial per fortnight (5 hours in total)

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: Assignment 1 (25%);
In-course assessment: Assignment 2 (25%); Examination (50%).

Resit: Students resit any failed component(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be set assignments on a weekly basis.

Feedback on formative assignments will usually be generic, and given to the whole group. Feedback on assessed work counting towards the final CAS mark will be given on the script, with a brief accompanying verbal report.

MU 2006
MUSICIANSHIP 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: TBC

Pre-requisite(s): MU 1054 or equivalent.

Note(s): This course requires an ability to play the piano and to read music fluently.

This course is taught across the whole session from week 12 to 44.

Building on the foundation laid in the first-year musicianship course, students develop their musicianship by working at keyboard skills. They develop acute listening skills through classes in aural and performance skills, which are further enhanced by concert attendance, which provides the opportunity for self-reflection. The course is primarily concerned with the acquisition and development of skill sets associated with music that need to be developed over an extended period of many years.

Performance skills may include sessions on vocal technique and repertoire, Kodaly-based aural work, directing ensembles, performance etiquette, programming, performance psychology, health relating to performance, psychology of performance, practising strategies.

12 hours of keyboard skills across the year (small group work)
1 hour aural class per fortnight (12 in total)
1 hour performance skills per fortnight (12 in total)
Concert attendance (variable)

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment by means of regular keyboard skills tests (34%); Aural/Performance Skills examination (33%); Essay (33%).

Resit: Students resit the failed assessment(s):
Keyboard skills examination (34%); Aural/Performance Skills examination (33%); Essay (33%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative assessment in aural is provided through the use questions set in specialised computer software.
Formative assessment is provided regularly in keyboard skills.

Feedback is provided to individual students at each keyboard skills class.
Feedback is automatically generated by the computer software for aural skills formative work.
Oral feedback is part of the continual learning process in performance skills.

MU 2007
PERFORMANCE 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Jurgensen

Pre-requisite(s): MU 1551 or equivalent OR by audition.

Note(s): This course is taught across the whole session from week 12 to 44.

Students study one instrument/voice on an individual basis with specialist visiting tutors, or they may elect to split the tuition between two instruments/voice. In addition, they participate in an ensemble offered by the Department of Music.

Normally 20 hours of individual instrumental or vocal lessons, plus attendance at all rehearsals and concerts for the nominated ensemble.

1st Attempt: Recital of 15 minutes' duration. Where students are studying more than one instrument/voice, they will be weighted in the proportion (80%) (main instrument) and (20%) (second instrument) for purposes of assessment; the recital should reflect this proportion.
Essay of 2,000 words on an aspect of performance (Pass/Fail). Exemption may be granted for students with exemplary attendance at the designated ensemble.

Resit: Students resit the failed assessment(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Extensive regular oral feedback from visiting tutors.

MU 2518
MUSIC EDUCATION STUDIES 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor J Stephens

Pre-requisite(s): Level 1 of BMus Hons or equivalent.

Co-requisite(s): Entry to the course is by interview and audition.

Note(s): Available only to students who are intending to follow the BMus (Education) programme.

Educational principles and practice, with particular regard for music. Links between primary and secondary phases of education. Links between formal and non-formal educational contexts prior to the school and community experience.

14 two-hour Lecture/Seminars (28 hours)
1 one-hour feedback session
Three x 5 days (15 days) school and community experience

1st Attempt: Production of a classroom arrangement for ensemble (50%); 1,500 word essay on an Education Studies topic (50%).

Resit: Production of a classroom arrangement for ensemble (50%); 1,500 word essay on an Education Studies topic (50%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Detailed report from secondary school staff which recognises student strengths and areas for further development.

Summative assessment: feedback sheets given to students with detailed comments recognising strengths and making specific suggestions for further progress.

Formative assessment: secondary school staff discuss and agree reports with students.
University staff interview students to provide support in cases of reports which suggest potential areas of difficulty or unsatisfactory progress.

MU 2519
MUSIC AND COMMUNITIES PROJECT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Successful interview in January for entry to BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme the following year.

The course will consist of workshops that will prepare students for a community placement. This will allow them to understand and engage with theoretical work that will then be put into practice as participants in peer-group contexts before participating in real situations in communities.

Workshops will allow students to try out ideas within peer-groups, undergoing peer-assessment activities as well as formal assessment themselves, as well as looking at how to evaluate their own practice.

The Community Placement will allow students to undertake activities with a variety of local agencies under the guidance of an expert. Agencies who have expressed an interest in becoming partners are Scottish Ensemble, Woodend Arts Association, Station House Media Unit, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen College and various City and Shire council supported activities, as well as community activities managed by university staff away from the university.

Placement will consist of 7 pairs of serial days throughout the duration of the course which are undertaken in pairs.

1 two-hour session per week 7 pairs of serial days on placement

1st Attempt: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) Reflective Journal (25%)

Resit: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) (new placement) Reflective Journal (25%) (new)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 2901
INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Smith

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course is taught intensively in weeks 41 to 44 and is intended primarily for single honours BMus students.

The bulk of the course will consist of seminars and workshops. These will allow the students to understand and engage with ethnomusicological concepts and theory before putting these into practice in peer-group contexts (workshops) and then fieldwork situations on the ground. The course will include a strong practical element and fieldwork visits will be made to musical events in the local community.

Seminars will be based on topics such as: ethnomusicology theory, history of audio and video recording, field research methods, emic and etic approaches in ethnomusicology, transcription and analysis, annotation of field research, and fieldwork ethics. They will include case studies of ethnomusicologists working in the field.

Workshops will bring some of these areas into practice and will allow students to try out fieldwork techniques within their peer-group, undergoing peer-assessment activities and evaluating their own field practice.

The fieldwork visits will allow students to undertake practical ethnomusicology research in a local setting where music is being practiced and performed under the guidance of an expert. The duration of 8 hours is meant to be seen as a minimum requisite and students will be encouraged to undertake independent field research in addition to that which is required for the course.

12 one-hour seminars
12 one-hour tutorials/workshops

1st Attempt: 1 Multimedia Field Report (2,000 words plus audiovisual material) (100%).

Resit: Students resit any failed component(s). Please note that the Field Report can be retaken only once.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Workshop exercises (up to 4)
Field note exercises (up to 4)

Oral formative feedback will be provided throughout the course. Generic feedback on formative assessment will be given in class.

MU 2902
CONTEMPORARY CHORAL MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Mealor

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): Please note that this course requires a high level of musical literacy and compositional ability.

This course is taught intensively in weeks 41 to 44 and is intended primarily for single honours BMus students.

During this course students will explore the music of some of the greatest composers of choral music in our time. The repertoire will be mostly sacred choral music by British composers - Benjamin Britten, John Tavener and James MacMillan; American composers Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, and the Europeans: Carl Orff, Arvo Pärt and Peteris Vasks. Reference will be made to secular choral music by Per Norgård, Veljo Tormis and Bela Bartok.

8 two-hour seminars
4 two hour workshops (or equivalent)

1st Attempt: A 10-minute presentation on a work (or works) of your choice on any aspect of contemporary choral music (25%); and
Either:
(a) A performance (as conductor or singer) of a short recital (10 mins) of contemporary choral music (75% of the final mark); or:
(b) An original composition (3-5 mins in duration for SATB) inspired by contemporary choral techniques (75 % of the final mark).

Resit: Students resit all failed elements of assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided in seminars and workshops, which will be recorded for the purposes of external moderation by external examiners when the work presented in a performance context contributes to the final CAS mark.

MU 2903
BEETHOVEN'S STRING QUARTETS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mr A Macdonald

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course requires a high level of musical literacy.

This course is taught intensively in weeks 41 to 44 and is intended primarily for single honours BMus students.

This course places the string quartets of Beethoven in the context of his life and the stylistic development of his music. It focuses on specific quartets (which vary from year to year), assessing their place in the development of the composer's works in the string quartet medium.

12 two-hour seminars

1st Attempt: 1 essay of 2,000 words (100%).

Resit: Students resit failed assessment(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students may be required to give presentations to their peers.

Oral feedback will be provided on presentations
Written feedback will be provided on the essay, comprising annotations to the script (where appropriate) and a completed report form.

 

> Level 3
MU 3003
NEW DIRECTIONS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Smith

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours degree in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

This course combines the study of two highly innovative periods of music history, the early Baroque and the early twentieth century. Should these two periods of music (c.1600 and c.1900) be identified as revolutionary turning points, or be viewed in terms of a more gradual evolution of musical style? Knowledge gained in lectures and through reading will be used to debate whether there are any similarities between the two periods.

1 two-hour plenary lecture/seminar per week

1 one-hour seminar per fortnight

1st Attempt: Essay of 3,000 words (100%)

Resit: Essay of 3,000 words (100%)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

In-course presentation on at least one set work, working in groups.

Oral feedback will be provided on the formative oral presentation.

Feedback on the essay will be provided by annotating the script and by means of an assessment feedback form appropriate for the assignment.

MU 3004
COMPOSITION 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: TBC

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

Composition will consist of one or more discreet projects centred around a genre (e.g. piano work, piece for percussion ensemble) and/or taking inspiration from a particular body of work (e.g. Schoenberg and his legacy, impressionism). Students compose one or more pieces to make up a folio of compositions. The exact content varies from year to year according to the composers contributing to the course, and the opportunities for workshops involving visiting composers and performers.

18 one-hour seminar/workshops throughout the year

1st Attempt: Composition folio (100%)

Resit: Students resit failed components of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback on work in compositiobn workshops
Written report on folio submission

MU 3005
PERFORMANCE 4
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Jurgensen

Pre-requisite(s): MU 2007 Performance 3 or equivalent

Students study either one instrument/voice or may elect to divide the tuition between a Main and Additional study.

In addition, they are expected to participate in at least one designated University ensemble.

Normally students receive 20 hours of individual tuition through the year plus a designated ensemble.

1st Attempt: 1 performance examination of 20 minutes (100%) and one essay (pass/fail). Exemption from the essay may be sought by students with exemplary attendance (at least 80% recorded attendance) at their designated ensemble.

Resit: Students resit failed components.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

See below

Formative feedback is provided by the student's Visiting Tutor(s) in the form of a mid-year report.
Written feedback is provided on the recital using a report form.
Written feedback is provided for the essay using a report form

MU 3007
ACOUSMATIC COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Smith

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

Note(s): This course does not run every year: please contact Department of Music for up-to-date information.

Students will attend a sound diffusion workshop for which they will be required to prepare a piece of acousmatic music for performance, which they will subsequently perform in a concert. Following this experience, they will then compose their own pieces of acousmatic music which will be performed at a concert, where their sound diffusion will be assessed alongside the piece itself.

1 three-hour workshop, 2 two-hour seminars, 10 one-hour tutorials.

1st Attempt:1 performance (40%), 1 composition submission (60%).

Resit:1 composition submission (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback in the context of seminars and tutorials.
Written report on final submission

MU 3008
EARLY ENGLISH KEYBOARD MUSIC: MY LADYE NEVELLS BOOKE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Smith

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

Note(s): This course does not run every year: please contact Department of Music for up-to-date information.

My Ladye Nevells Booke is an anthology of keyboard music by William Byrd compiled under the supervision of the composer by John Baldwin in 1591. It provides a rare and fascinating insight into keyboard music composed in England before the turn of the century.

The course involves a practical engagement with the music in masterclasses during which students will be introduced to the kinds of instruments on which it would have been played; there will be an optional visit to the Russell Collection in Edinburgh.

Students will be introduced to the manuscript, the genres of music contained within it, as well as to the evidence it provides about performance practice (especially fingering and ornamentation)

Students will be expected to participate actively in performance activities, but assessment will be through written work.

10 two-hour seminars

1st Attempt: Essay of 3,000 words (100%)

Resit: Essay of 3,000 words (100%)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be expected to practise one piece contained in the manuscript.

Oral feedback will be provided on the formative assessment; practical experience of performing will feed into the essay.
Written feedback on the essay will be provided in the form of annotations to the script and a report form.

MU 3009
CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN MUSIC, CULTURE AND IDEAS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr E Campbell

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

Note(s): This course does not run every year: please contact Department of Music for up-to-date information.

Contemporary musical composition has been approached from a number of angles. We are now emerging from a more formalist period in which analysts were inclined to look at the music itself through the close examination and analysis of musical scores and the production of ever more recondite analytical meta-languages.

While the present course will be entirely respectful of purely analytical approaches to musical composition, it will go beyond the material of the score to contextualise a number of significant contemporary musical scores within the intellectual and cultural soil from which they have arisen. In practical terms, this will entail the analysis of musical scores, a degree of biographical study, knowledge of extra-musical historical events, and familiarity with a number of decisive philosophical, theological, political, literary and mythological notions, ideas and texts, all of which will be related to the production and reception of the composer's score

10 two-hour seminars

1st Attempt: Essay of 3,000 words (100%)

Resit: Students resit any failed elements of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be given during seminars
Written feedback will be provided on essay in the form of annotations to the script and a report form

MU 3010
SOUNDSCAPES AND SOUND MAPPING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Wilkins

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus Programme OR evidence of advanced musical literacy.

Weekly theory classes will be taught which introduce the student to the concept of soundscapes studies, deep listening, ear cleaning, sound walks, sound art and electroacoustic composition, sound objects, acoustic ecology, sound mapping, hi- and lo- fi sounds, notation and transcription of sound, noise pollution, and acoustic communication.

Weekly workshops will be enable students to put the theory into practice, and will involve activities including sound walks, ear cleaning exercises, team fieldwork, audio recording, transcription of sonic events, electroacoustic composition involving field recordings, reflections on sound, audio editing, and in-class presentations.

1 one-hour theory class per week
1 two-hour workshop per week

Teaching methods during this course will include lecture-seminars and practical workshops. Students will be expected to have a strong participatory role throughout the course and during workshops.

1st Attempt: Portfolio of compositions or multimedia field report (66%); 2 hour written theory examination (34%)

Resit: Students resit the failed elements of the assessment(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be assessed formatively throughout the course by means of short in-course assignments as well as being monitored on a regular basis by teaching staff.

Students will receive oral feedback following the in-course assignments and written feedback following the submission of coursework.

MU 3012
LISTENING AND ANALYSIS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours degree programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

Students will develop a critical awareness of form and structure in music both aurally and by means of studying various approaches to musical analysis which will draw on a range of analytical methods and musical genres.

The analysis of musical scores will be related to music as experienced aurally in performance.

1 one-hour lecture per week plus concert attendance

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%): folio comprising 1 analytical essay or graphical analysis of scores set by lecturing staff (length will vary according to approach, but should be the equivalent of at least 1,500 words), and 2 an analytical essay (1,500 words) of a work heard in live performance

Resit: Students resit failed components of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided on contribution to seminars
Written feedback will be given on written work, including annotations or scripts and feedback forms.

MU 3013
World Music
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Wilkins

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree.

Note(s): This course does not run every year: please contact Department of Music for up-to-date information.

The bulk of the course will consist of seminars and tutorials. Each seminar will cover a specific musical tradition through multimedia presentations (video, powerpoint, audio), performances, and demonstrations.

Seminars will cover topics such as: Mbira music of Zimbabwe, Kora music of Mali, Jewish Klezmer music, Gospel music of the Southern United States, Canadian and Alaskan Fiddle Traditions, Indonesian Gamelan, Cuban music, Music of Central Asia, Chinese Folksong Traditions, and The Music of Rajasthan.

Tutorials will consist of listening exercises, computer aided learning, and discussions linked to course readings and listening exercises, and will include an element of practical experience through musical participation.

1 one-hour seminar per week and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: 1 CD review (1,500 words) (30%); 1 listening exam of 30 minutes (30%); 1 written exam of 2 hours (40%).

Resit: Students resit failed elements of assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided in classes.

Written feedback will be given on the CD review.

MU 301B
UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES 1: IDENTIFYING COMMUNITIES
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme

Co-requisite(s): Placement 1

The course will consist of the following components:

  • Concepts of community and key terminology, including social capital, community capacity building, communities of practice, culture, empowerment, diversity and inclusion.
  • Methods of researching communities including e.g. questionnaires, interviews, observation, documentary analysis, and secondary data.
  • Analysis of expressed and hidden needs and distinguishing between demand and need.
  • Identification of the contribution of music and the arts to communities.
  • Evaluation of how to respond using music and the arts to promote empowerment and/or wellbeing of individuals and groups.

1 two-hour seminar per week

1st Attempt: 1 x 3500 word essay (coursework)

Resit: resubmission of failed components within original essay

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 3093
COMPOSITION 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Stollery

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme.

Composition will consist of one or more discreet projects centred around a genre (e.g. piano work, piece for percussion ensemble) and/or taking inspiration from a particular body of work (e.g. Schoenberg and his legacy, impressionism). Students compose one or more pieces to make up a folio of compositions. The exact content varies from year to year according to the composers contributing to the course, and the opportunities for workshops involving visiting composers and performers. One of the projects will have direct relevance to a community setting of the student's choice.

18 one-hour seminar/workshops throughout the year

1st Attempt: Composition folio (100%)

Resit: failed components of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback on work in composition workshops written report on folio submission

MU 3094
PRACTICAL MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme

The course will consist of practical workshops that will prepare students for their community placements but will also provide them with base-line skills in areas that will be necessary in their work as musicians engaging with a variety of community groups.

Skill areas:

  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Rehearsing and Directing
  • Guitar
  • Improvisation

1 two-hour session per week

1st Attempt: In course assessments in each skill area (50%) 20 minute formal presentation demonstrating skills in three chosen skill areas (50%)

Resit: In course assessments in each skill area (50%) (revisited)20 minute formal presentation demonstrating skills in three chosen skill areas (50%) (new)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 3097
PLACEMENT 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Music and Communities Project or equivalent; entry to BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme

Co-requisite(s): Understanding Communities 1

The course will consist of workshops that will prepare students for a community placement.

This will allow them to understand and engage with theoretical work that will then be put into practice in peer-group contexts before contributing to work in real situations in communities.

Workshops will allow students to try out ideas within peer-groups, undergoing peer-assessment activities as well as formal assessment themselves, as well as looking at how to evaluate their own practice.

The Community Placement will allow students to undertake activities with a variety of local agencies under the guidance of an expert. Agencies who have expressed an interest in becoming partners are Scottish Ensemble, Woodend Arts Association, Station House Media Unit, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen College and various City and Shire council supported activities, as well as community activities managed by university staff away from the university.

The placement aspect comprises a 3 week placement in a partner agency.

1 two-hour session per week for 8 weeks, 3 weeks on placement

1st Attempt: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) Reflective Journal (25%)

Resit: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) (new placement) Reflective Journal (25%) (new)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 30A4
MUSIC EDUCATION STUDIES 2
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr E Campbell

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus Education Honours Programme MU2518 or equivalent

Co-requisite(s): School Experience 1

Note(s): Entry to the honours programme in Music Education is by interview mid-way through second year and subject to the approval of Head of Music

Professional Studies: these lectures continue coverage of educational principles and practice begun in Professional Studies 1 (proposed new course to replace MU2510). These would include topics such as Social Justice, Inclusion, Learning and Teaching, Frameworks for Thinking, Curriculum for Excellence, Assessment is for Learning, Creating a Climate for Learning and Child Protection.
Practical Skills: Music students continue to develop practical skills relevant to the classroom including World Music, keyboard, sound engineering, MIDI sequencing, guitar and drum kit skills.

Week 30: 1 two-hour introductory lecture/workshop.
Weeks 31 - 37 (7 weeks): 2 two-hour classes per week.
Total delivery hours for the course: 30 hours.
Students undertake a period of school placement in weeks 42-44.

1st Attempt: Essay of 4000 words on Professional Studies topic (40%); 20-minute Keyboard Skills examination (30%); Music Technology Resource production (15%), World Music Project essay of 1000 words (15%).

Resit: Failed components of individual assessment tasks.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Essay: annotations on script and report form.
Keyboard skills: regular oral feedback in keyboard skills classes.
Music Technology: report form on work submitted.
World Music project: report form and annotations on submission.

MU 30A5
SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr E Campbell

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus Education Honours Programme MU2518 Music Education Studies 1 or equivalent

Co-requisite(s): Music Education Studies 2

Note(s): Entry to the honours programme in Music Education is by interview mid-way through second year and subject to the approval of the Head of Music.

School Experience: this takes place during wks 28-37 and allows students to put theory into practice.

School Experience: 8 weeks (weeks 28-35)

1st Attempt: School Experience joint report from school and university following visit from university lecturer (100%)

School Experience joint report from school and university following visit from university lecturer (100%)

Resit: Students will be given one further opportunity to overtake a failed school placement

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

N/A

Oral feedback on progress will be provided by teachers during the placement. Oral feedback will be provided by lecturer during assessment visit, and will involve a discussion. Written feedback will also be provided.

MU 30M3
EUROPEAN ART MUSIC 1945-2000
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Palmer

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

Note(s): This course does not run every year: please contact Department of Music for up-to-date information.

European music 1945-2000 presents a complex and confused picture with radical, conventional and traditional composers working simultaneously. This course will identify 'seminal' composers, compositions and theories to bring focus to the many different musics of the period.

6 one-hour lectures and 6 one-hour tutorials.

1st Attempt: 3000 word Essay (100%)

Resit: Students resit any failed elements of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback on discussion in class
Formal written feedback by annotation of essay and/or report form

MU 3507
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music

Note(s): This course is intended for students writing a dissertation in Music in their fourth year

This course will introduce students to basic research methods. It will explore different categories of research in Music, and will provide a guide to formulating a research topic.

It will also cover bibliographic tools, research planning and organization, research presentation (including referencing).

12 hours (1 hour per week)

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment: Research Proposal of 2,500 words (100%)

Resit: Research Proposal of 2,500 words (100%)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback and advice will be provided to students during the course to enable them to select a suitable dissertation topic.

MU 3510
KODALY MUSICIANSHIP
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms G Jack

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours degree in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

The course will focus on the Kodaly concept of music education and will cover the following areas:

  • Using singing as a starting point for musical development through the use of age-appropriate singing games and rhymes
  • Introducing music notation using the tools of rhythm games and solfa
  • Using could i.e. tools in a variety of music contexts for example composition and instrumental work
  • How to choose appropriate repertoire across all primary stages
  • Using music as a cross-curricular tool with reference to Curriculum for Excellence

1 two-hour session per week

1st Attempt: 3,000 word essay including 1 suite of lesson plans as an appendix (75%)
1,000 word song analysis (25%)


Resit: Students resit failed elements of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Continual oral feedback from tutor in practical sessions directed both at individuals and at the group.
Feedback on written work will be provided on a report form and, where appropriate, by annotations to the script.

MU 3512
AESTHETICS OF MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr E Campbell

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to Year 3 of BMus or MA with Music programmes.

This course explores music from a philosophical viewpoint. What is music? How may it be understood in relation to the other arts? Is music purely an aural phenomenon? What is the relationship between composer, performer and audience? These and other questions will be discussed in the context of writers from Plato to the twenty-first century.

6 weekly one-hour lectures and 6 weekly one-hour seminars.

1st Attempt: Presentation (100%).

Resit: Students resit the failed assessment(s).

MU 3516
ELECTROACOUSTIC COMPOSITION: THE VOICE AND THE MACHINE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: TBC

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to Honours Music (BMus or MA).

Practical, studio-based classes will provide a technical overview of software applications ProTools, Audiosculpt and Max/MSP, and of sound recording techniques and the microphone. Running concurrently, seminar-based classes will provide an historical overview of electroacoustic music that utilizes the voice as sound object. The theme of each seminar, focused each week around a different aspect of the voice and technology, will provide the theoretical, philosophical, and aesthetic basis for practical applications. Drawing from readings, close analysis and listening of key electro-vocal works from the twentieth-century and beyond, we will assess particular cultural and aesthetic issues that concern the mediated voice in recorded sound. The course will probe the role and influence of technology in compositions that involve the voice and technology, particluarly looking at the way the voice is rendered, represented or transposed through the electronic medium.

Topics include the microphone and recording technology, sound recording technology and its implications for voice recording, early vocal immortalizations onto the phonograph, the theremin, musique concréte, the looped voice, the mechanical voice, the synthesized voice, the fictional robotic voice, human beat-boxes, the interactive voice, sampling the voice and plunderphonics, the electroacoustic voice, and lastly the spoken narrative in contemporary music composition.

1 two-hour seminar per week; 1 two-hour studio class per week.

1st Attempt: Written journal (25%); in-class participation (15%); mid-term composition project (20%); final compositional project (40%).

Resit: Written journal (25%); composition project (75%).

MU 351A
UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES 2: WORKING IN COMMUNITIES
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme

Co-requisite(s): Placement 2

The course will consist of the following components:

  • Examination of community organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors focusing on legal and political context, policy, finance, systems, structures and procedures.
  • Theory and practice of working with individuals and groups in an educational and community context.
  • Clarification and analysis of values though reflection and reflexivity.
  • Interdisciplinarity and partnership working.

1 two-hour seminar per week

1st Attempt: 1 x 3500 word essay (coursework)

Resit: Students to resbmit failed components of original essay

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 3597
PLACEMENT 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme; Placement 1

Co-requisite(s): Understanding Communities 2

The course will consist of workshops that will prepare students for a community placement. This will allow them to understand and engage with theoretical work that will then be put into practice in peer-group contexts before making a range of contributions to work in real situations in communities.

Workshops will allow students to try out ideas within peer-groups, undergoing peer-assessment activities as well as formal assessment themselves, as well as looking at how to evaluate their own practice.

The Community Placement will allow students to undertake activities with a variety of local agencies under the guidance of an expert.

Agencies who have expressed an interest in becoming partners are Scottish Ensemble, Woodend Arts Association, Station House Media Unit, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen College and various City and Shire council supported activities, as well as community activities managed by university staff away from the university.

The placement aspect comprises a 4 week placement in a partner agency.

1 two-hour session per week for 6 weeks, 4 weeks on placement

1st Attempt: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) Reflective Journal (25%)

Resit: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) (new placement) Reflective Journal (25%) (new)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 35A1
CONDUCTING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Mealor

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or entry to BMus designated degree

Note(s): This course does not run every year please contact the Department of Music for up-to-date information.

Students will work with one another to develop a facility for conducting vocal music using chorale settings as material. The course covers instrumental conducting, using Classical minuets arranged for piano duet and/or small ensemble.

Students will explore the history and theory of conducting as well as the challenges presented by contemporary repertoire.

6 two-hour workshop sessions of conducting experience.

3 two-hour seminar sessions of students' presentations, each one of which will be of 15 minutes duration.

There may be opportunities to work with visiting conductors in masterclasses and workshops.

1st Attempt: A performance of a small ensemble (either voice, or instruments or a mix of both) conducted by each individual student of between 6 and 12 minutes in duration, repertoire to be approved by Course Co-ordinator (80%). Tutorial presentation (20%).

Resit: Students resit the failed assessment(s).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

There will be constant formative oral feedback in workshops.

Written feedback on the performance and presentation will be given on a report form.

MU 4087
AESTHETICS OF MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr E Campbell

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music or another discipline, or entry to BMus designated degree.

Note(s): Not available to students studying Philosophy.

This course explores music from a philosophical viewpoint. What is music? How does it relate to the other arts? Is music purely an aural phenomenon? Can we speak of good and bad music? Can we speak of musical progress? To what extent is music merely a product of wider societal forces? These and other questions will be considered in relation to the writings and ideas of a number of key philosophical writers.

6 one-hour lectures and 6 one-hour tutorials.

1st Attempt: One tutorial presentation of 20 minutes (100%).

Resit: Essay of 3,000 words (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback is provided by lecturers in the context of discussion within seminars.
Formal feedback on the assessed presentation is given on a feedback form.

 

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PLEASE NOTE: Resit: (for Honours students only): Candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit themselves for re-assessment and should contact the Course Co-ordinator for further details.

MU 4007
SCOTLAND'S MUSICAL TRADITIONS
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Smith

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to fourth year of an honours programme in Music

Note(s): This course does not run every year: please contact Department of Music for up-to-date information.

This course will cover the main music and dance traditions which can be found in Scotland. Within the course the student will learn about instrumental and vocal traditions of Scotland, the ways in which music is integrated into Scottish society, the function and meaning of musical performance historically and in the present day, competition and education, the link between music and dance, folk music revivals, the music of the Scottish diaspora, and the shift towards commercialisation and institutionalisation of traditional music in recent years.

This course will consist of two weekly seminars and tutorials.

Seminars will be based on topics such as: Gaelic song, ballads, piping, fiddle traditions, dancing and dance music, Scottish identity in music, music in religion, learning and teaching environments, contemporary music and musicians, composers and soloists, and revival and transformation of Scottish music in the twentieth and twenty-first century. They will include cases studies of ethnomusicologists in Scotland.

Tutorials will include reading, listening, transcription, workshops in fieldwork techniques, student presentations, and practical exercises. They will also give students the opportunity to discuss aspects of Scottish traditional music within their peer-group and to develop critical listening skills.

The concert review will encourage students to attend performances of Scottish music in the surrounding area, thus engaging with current musical performance during the course. Students will also be encouraged to take part in practical music-making in an area of Scottish traditional music where possible to complement their studies.

2 one-hour lectures and 2 one-hour tutorials per week

1st Attempt: 1 x concert review (25%)
1 x 3000 word essay (75%)


Resit: Students resit failed components of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Continuous assessment - in-class exercises

Feedback on formative assessment will be given to the whole class collectively, or targeted at individuals as appropriate (and will depend on the learning needs of particular groups of students)
Written feedback will be provided on a report form for the essay and concert review, and scripts will be annotated as necessary.

MU 4013
MUSIC, SOUND AND THE MOVING IMAGE: POSSIBLE MAPPINGS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Young and Dr A Marcus

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to Honours Music (BMus or MA).

This course will allow students to engage in sound and music production work with special emphasis on the relationship between sound and image, putting into practice methodologies they have studied through a series of screenings, workshops and seminar discussions. Working with students on the partnered Film and Visual Culture course, music students will research a topic and consider the appropriate use of the moving image, generate the musical materials in conjunction with the image, and complete the project through post-production in collaboration with the film students.

1 three-hour seminar per week plus 1 three-hour film screening per week.

1st attempt: 1st project assessment (20%), 2nd project assessment (30%), reflective logbook (40%), seminar work (10%).

Resit: Students are required to resit only failed components of assessment.

MU 401A
SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 2
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr E Campbell

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to year 4 of BMus Education Programme

Co-requisite(s): Students must also take MU401D Music Education Studies 3 course

School Experience: this takes place during wks 18-28 and allows students to put theory into practice.

School Experience: 8 weeks (weeks 18-28)

1st Attempt: School Experience joint report from school and university following visit from university lecturer - (100%)

School Experience joint report from school and university following visit form university lecturer - (100%)

Resit: Students will only have one opportunity to resit School Experience

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

N/A

Oral feedback on progress will be provided by teachers during the placement. Oral feedback will be provided by lecturer during assessment visit, and will involve a discussion. Written feedback on standard School of Education report form will also be provided.

MU 401C
PLACEMENT 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to final year of BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme; Placement 1 and Placement 2.

Co-requisite(s): Understanding Communities 3

The course will consist of workshops that will prepare students for a community placement.

This will allow them to understand and engage with theoretical work that will then be put into practice in peer-group contexts before making a significant contribution, including taking a lead role in some aspects, to work in real situations in communities.
Workshops will allow students to try out ideas within peer-groups, undergoing peer-assessment activities as well as formal assessment themselves, as well as looking at how to evaluate their own practice.

The Community Placement will allow students to undertake activities with a variety of local agencies under the guidance of an expert. Agencies who have expressed an interest in becoming partners are Scottish Ensemble, Woodend Arts Association, Station House Media Unit, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen College and various City and Shire council supported activities, as well as community activities managed by university staff away from the university. The placement aspect comprises a 8 week placement in a partner agency following an intensive workshop-experience in university.

2 two-hour sessions per week for 12 weeks, 8 weeks on placement

1st Attempt: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) Reflective Journal (25%)

Resit: Report (combined university/agency) (75%) (new placement) Reflective Journal (25%) (new)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 401D
MUSIC EDUCATION STUDIES 3
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr E Campbell

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to year 4 of BMus Education Programme

Co-requisite(s): MU401A School Experience 2 course

Note(s): The Professional Studies component of this course is studied along with students following ED4084

Professional Studies: these lectures continue coverage of educational principles and practice begun in Professional Studies 1 and Professional Studies 2. These include topics such as Literacy and Numeracy across the Curriculum and Children on the Autism Spectrum.

Practical Skills: Music students continue to develop practical skills relevant to the classroom including World Music, keyboard, sound engineering, MIDI sequencing, guitar and drum kit skills.

Professional Studies: 1 one-hour lecture, 1 two-hour workshop per week for 10 weeks

Practical Skills: 2 two-hour workshop per wk for 6 wks

Essay of 4000 words on Education Studies topic (100%)

Resubmission of components of essay on Education Studies topic identified as having failed (100%)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback is provided in practical skills classes (keyboard skills etc)
Written feedback is provided on the essay in the form of annotations to the script and a feedback form

MU 4049
DISSERTATION IN MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): MA with Minor Honours in Music third year curriculum or third year B Mus Hons curriculum. Approval of topic by programme management.

Co-requisite(s): MU 4090

Note(s): MU 4049 may not be taken in combination with MU 4093.

Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved musicological topic.

Supervision throughout year.

1st Attempt: Dissertation (100%).

MU 4080
COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Mealor

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to year 4 of an honours programme in Music and normally a mark of 16 or above in Composition 2

Submission of portfolio of compositions to last c.20 minutes in performance.

Candidates should be able to show competence in a variety of styles and genres, which may include electroacoustic music.

Supervision throughout year.

1st Attempt: Portfolio of compositions which normally should last about 20 minutes in performance.

Resit: Students resit any failed elements of assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the supervisor on draft work during the year.
Written feedback on the protfolio will be given on a report form.

MU 4081
PERFORMANCE RECITAL
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Jurgensen

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to an honours programme in Music and normally a mark of 16 or higher in Performance 4

Note(s): Recitals should be given on one instrument/voice only

Students work with a Visiting Tutor throughout the year to prepare an approved recital programme of 25-30 minutes duration.

20 lessons throughout the year.

1st Attempt: Public performance recital (100%)

Resit: Recital in front of examiners only (100%)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Opportunities will be provided for students to perform in public during the year.

Oral feedback on a weekly basis from the Visiting Tutor
Report form on final recital.

MU 4087
APPLIED MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Jasmin Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to year 4 of an honours programme in Music

This course explores the application of musical knowledge to performance. Students study historical and contemporary performance practice, and discover how musical analysis can inform musical interpretation in performance.

12 two-hour seminars

Essay on Performance Practice of 2,500 words (50%)
An analytical presentation (10 minutes) of a work that will be performed by a group directed by the candidate (10 minutes) (50%)

Students resit failed components of assessment

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback is provided in seminars. Guidance is given on choice of work to be analysed and performed in the Presentation.
Written feedback is given on the essay in the form of annotations to the script and a report form
Written feedback is provided for the presentation on a report form

MU 4088
SUPPORTING COURSE FOR COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Mealor

Pre-requisite(s): Level 4 BMus Hons or MA curriculum. Approval of Programme Director.

Co-requisite(s): MU 4092 or MU 4080.

Programming one's own music;

Composer's working practices;

Composers working with performers;

Programme notes, commentaries and extended documentation.

10 two-hour seminars.

1st Attempt: Essay (100%).

MU 4090
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to year 4 honours programme (BMus or MA with Music).

Co-requisite(s): MU 4049 or MU 4093.

This course will introduce students to basic research methods and to editorial methods. It will cover bibliographic tools, research planning and organization, research presentation, the history of notation and the principles of editing.

4 two-hour seminars in total and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: Research proposal (100%).

MU 4091
APPLIED MUSIC - MUSICAL ISSUES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to Year 4 honours programme (BMus or MA with Music).

This course will examine historical and contemporary performance practice. The practice of conducting and directing musical ensembles will take further the concept of application of musical knowledge into the situation of performance. Musical analysis and its influence on performance techniques will form an important component part of the course.

Weekly one-hour lecture (to be arranged) and a fortnightly seminar of two hours (to be arranged) and a weekly tutorial. Attendance at a minimum of one major ensemble of the University.

1st Attempt: Seminar presentation analysis (50%) and essay performance practice (50%).

MU 4091
DISSERTATION IN MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to fourth year of an honours programme in Music Introduction to research course or equivalent

Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved musicological topic.

Group supervision throughout the year of up to 6 hours.

1st Attempt: Dissertation of 10,000 words (100%).

Resit: Dissertation of 10,000 words (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Submission of 1,500 words.

Written feedback in the form of annotations to formative work
Feedback on final submission on report form.

MU 4092
COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Mealor

Pre-requisite(s): Third year BMus Honours. Approval of BMus Honours Programme Director.

Co-requisite(s): MU 4088.

Note(s): MU 4092 may not be taken in combination with MU 4080.

Submission of portfolio of compositions to last c 30 minutes in performance. Candidates should be able to show competence in a variety of genres, subject to the approval of the Programme Directors.

Supervision throughout the year.

1st Attempt: Oral presentation (25%) and portfolio (75%).

MU 4093
DISSERTATION IN MUSIC
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Third year BMus Honours curriculum. Approval of topic by Programme Director.

Co-requisite(s): Introduction to Research.

Note(s): MU 4093 may not be taken in combination with MU 4089.

Dissertation of around 16,000 words on an approved musicological topic, and/or a scholarly edition of one or more musical works.

Supervision throughout year.

1st Attempt: Dissertation (75%) and Oral presentation of work in progress (25%).

MU 4094
PERFORMANCE RECITAL
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Jurgensen

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to Year 4 honours programme (BMus or MA with Music). Approval of BMus Honours Programme Director. Students should achieve at least a CAS 18 (or equivalent) in MU 3801.

Co-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): MU 4094 may not be taken in combination with MU 4081.

Vocal or instrumental recital of around 45 minutes duration, the programme to be approved in advance by the Programme Directors. Students will work throughout the year on a one-to-one basis with a specialist instrumental or vocal tutor.

Participation in Masterclasses/Workshops with visiting musicians will be an important part of the requirements. A diary of work at hand and suitable programme notes for the Recital will also be required.

Weekly tutorials throughout year. Attendance at no fewer than 4 Masterclasses/Workshops throughout the year.

1st Attempt: Mid year recital (25%) and end of year recital (75%).

MU 4097
DISSERTATION
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Stollery

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to final year of BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme.

Co-requisite(s): None.

Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic in the area of Music and Communities.

10 hours over year (suggested tutorials of 20 mins per week).

1st Attempt: Dissertation (100%).

Resit: Resubmission
Dissertation (100%) (revisited).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

MU 4098
APPLIED MUSICIANSHIP
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Stollery

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to final year of BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme.

The course will consist of thee distinct elements:

a) Practical Musicianship Skills
These workshops will build on those first encountered in the level 3 course of the same name and will develop the base-line skills (keyboard, percussion, singing, rehearsing and directing, guitar and improvisation) required by students to work as musicians engaging with a variety of community groups.

b) Instrumental/Vocal Tuition
Students will be able to continue the one-to-one tuition they have been receiving at level 1-3 and to prepare for the end of course recital component.

c) Ensemble Development
Students will be required to set up an ensemble (or continue working with one that they have already set up) and work with this group throughout the session. They will create work for this group using their composition and improvisation skills in preparation for the improvisation element of the final recital. The ensembles will be entirely student-led with only minimal intervention from academic staff and students will be required to undertake a variety of peer-assessment techniques during this part of the course.

Practical Musicianship Skills - 1 two-hour session per week
Instrumental/Vocal Tuition – One 30 minute session per week
Ensemble Development – One 30 minute session per week.

1st Attempt: 40 minute recital/presentation a) performance on main instrument (50%). b) improvisation using a variety of instruments (50%).

Resit: Resubmission - 40 minute recital/presentation. a) performance on main instrument (50%) (revisited). b) improvisation using a variety of instruments (50%) (revisisted).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

MU 4099
UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: tbc

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to final year of BMus (Music and Communities) honours programme

Co-requisite(s): Placement 3

The course will consist of the following components:

  • Comparison and analysis of legal context, policy guidance and standards across disciplines which contribute to community development
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  • Theory and practice of self management and project management and their application to community settings.


  • Models of evaluation and their application to community settings.


  • Analysis of exemplars of creative projects and their contribution to community development.

1 two-hour seminar per week

1st Attempt: 1 3500 word essay (coursework)

Resit: Students submit failed components of original essay

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

MU 4503
SACRED MUSIC FROM ITALY IN THE 18TH CENTURY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of first two years of B Mus or MA with Music.

Starting point: Vivaldi Gloria RV 589 (already introduced to BMus as part of Vocal Ensemble, and briefly in Cultural and Historical Studies)

Introduction to Vivaldi and Gloria settings.
Introduction to principles of baroque editing (1)
Exercise: excerpt from Vivaldi Gloria RV 589

Introduction to Ruggieri and Gloria settings.
Introduction to principles of baroque editing (2)
Exercise: excerpt from one of the Ruggieri Glorias

An issue of plagiarism? Vivaldi's borrowings from Ruggieri
Comparative analysis: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Vivaldi and Ruggieri)

Word painting (and musical rhetoric).
Exercise - musical ideas for word painting.

More advanced principles of editing: critical commentaries
The editor's role: problematic sources.

Speculation: is plagiarism in music in any way justified?
Why did Vivaldi borrow from Ruggieri?
Stylistic aspects.

Tutorial/Seminars - 4 two-hours followed by 8, weekly one-hour tutorial

1st Attempt: 1 essay (100%).