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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 15:00

Course Overview

This ten week course follows a similar teaching pattern to the Key Moments courses. Five topics are covered in detail, An initial fortnightly lecture introduces the topic and the first of two weekly seminars is a workshop on practical aspects of the topic. For the second seminar, the session is split into 4 where coursework is presented, critiqued and evaluated by the group, facilitated by members of staff/PGR students. There will be some non-formal analysis and wherever possible links through to the Key Moments 2 course will be explored. Topics will cover a variety of musical styles and genres.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Peter Stollery

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Music (MU) (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MU2511 Composition (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims


  • to develop technical skills, allowing for further development in personal compositional work;
  • to develop in students a range of skills, techniques and understanding to enable them to become effective composers;
  • to extend their musical studies through hands-on working in a variety compositional styles;
  • to develop skills in using technology to create music and sound art.

Main Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should have made progress in the ability:

  • to apply methods of aural and written analysis to the process of composition;
  • to use notation effectively;
  • to use technology effectively in the creation of music and sound art;
  • to display awareness of the musical, structural and technical aspects of the compositional process;
  • to communicate an applied knowledge and understanding of the techniques and aesthetic processes involved in creating music;
  • to demonstrate ability to take on board advice and suggestions from peer group composers and performers.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt

5 pieces of coursework, reworked and submitted as one portfolio of compositional work (summative) (100%).


Students resubmit the portfolio of compositions (100%)

Formative Assessment

Students will be assessed formatively throughout the course by means of 5 short in-course assignments, for which students will receive feedback to enable them to produce the portfolio of materials.


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

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