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MU2525: COMPOSITION 2 (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course will go into more detail on some of the ideas put forward in Introduction to Contemporary Composition (a year one course), but not exclusively. It (and its sister course Composition 1) will introduce compositional skills that are of importance to contemporary composers. These will include such styles/techniques as: total serialism, hexachordal rotation, additive rhythmic processes and neo-tonality. Students will learn these techniques and assimilate them quickly, being assessed on two pieces of short work over the half-session. Students will be required to regularly critique existing works using these techniques and this will be factored into the assessment process.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Phillip Cooke

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Music (MU) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims
To encourage personal artistic expression and to develop in students a range of skills, techniques and understanding to enable them to become effective composers with the beginnings of an original and individual voice. To facilitate a critical understanding of contemporary music-making and to be aware of their place in this society.

Main Learning Outcomes
1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various compositional approaches and methods, particularly contemporary practices and idioms;
2) apply methods of aural and written analysis to the process of composition;
3) be able to use notation effectively (where appropriate) with performers;
4) demonstrate a degree of individuality in composition;
5) display awareness of the musical, structural and technical aspects of the compositional process;
6) communicate an applied knowledge and understanding of the techniques and aesthetic processes involved in creating music;
7) demonstrate communication skills by translating the music from composer to performer;
8) demonstrate ability to take on board advice and suggestions from peer group composers through discussion and sharing of work;
9) demonstrate critical thinking at all times and to be aware of their place in contemporary music making.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 25 - 29, 31 - 34, 38

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Composing a work utilising new rhythmic techniques

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Composing a work utilising new harmonic techniques

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Reflective Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Feedback

Oral feedback on work in composition lectures and tutorials. Written feedback on portfolio. Constant feedback on listening journal on a weekly basis.  Students can obtain face to face feedback on compositions from course-coordinator during Office Hours.

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Re-submission of failed elements

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Course Learning Outcomes

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