ED1SM1-Subject Specialism 1 : Music

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Clive Grant

Email: c.a.grant@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module focuses on the development of the student’s knowledge and expertise in music and musicianship. Teaching and learning strategies draw on practical music making, composing and musical analysis. Students work both individually and as part of larger musical formations.

•To enable students to develop a comprehensive overview of musics over different periods and cultures;
•To introduce them to key concepts in musicological thought and practice relating to music analysis;
•To develop their creative work through composition and arranging;
•To develop their practical skills in music and musicianship;
•To enhance their level of competence in solo performance.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
•Demonstrate enhanced skills as creative musical practitioners;
•Harmonise simple melodies using the keyboard;
•Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of musical styles and structures;
•Demonstrate a mastery of specific compositional techniques in composition.

Additional outcomes:
Additionally, on successful completion of the module, students will:
•Develop the communication skills needed in music to lead subject-specific, skill-based sessions on a range of instruments with confidence;
•Work independently to develop high levels of mastery as a performer and composer;
•Be able to structure their learning and work independently.

Outline content:
Students will undertake intensive study on their principal study instrument or voice. In addition they will develop the ability to accompany other musicians on the piano. Through detailed study of varied musical styles students will develop their understanding of music in a range of contexts, together with the musicological methods that inform that understanding. They will explore these styles practically through arranging and composing, as well through performance.

Global context:
Musical styles from around the world will inform the development of cultural awareness.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
•Individual instrumental or voice lessons;
•Group keyboard skills workshops;
•Seminars in composing and arranging;
•Lectures on musical style and musical analysis;
•Independent research and practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Seminars 12
Practicals classes and workshops 23
Guided independent study 150
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Portfolio: Composition and performance (50%), Written analysis (50%)

Formative assessment methods:
Students work collaboratively with their tutors to develop a range of instrumental/vocal techniques, a process based on regular feedback and evaluation. In addition, group workshops provide opportunities for peer discussion and reflection on progress.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: All required texts are available in the Library.
    COLE, B. (1996)The Composer’s Handbook Vol 1. London: Schott £32.99
    (2010) The Composer’s Handbook Vol 2. London: Schott £13.99
    PETERSON, P (2013) Music and Rhythm: Fundamentals – History – Analysis. Frankfurt: IVW £37

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: Students supply their own musical instruments, other than piano, organ and orchestral percussion. Students insure their instruments. Students may also supply additional sheet music, costs will vary depending on the needs of their instrument.
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Most material is available on Blackboard. If paper handouts are required, these are supplied.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: Music technology software and hardware is made available for student use.
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 July 2017

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