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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Clive Grant

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

Type of module:

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 and group performance.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

Demonstrate enhanced skills as creative musical practitioners in the primary classroom;

Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of musical styles and structures through analysis,  and composing;

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 to lead music teaching in the primary classroom;

Develop music technology skills in audio recording, and using sequencing and score writing software;

Demonstrate enhanced skills in keyboard musicianship appropriate to the primary classroom

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 develop their skills as a musician in the classroom through performance and composing in a range of styles and genres. They will develop practical skills in extemporising and group performance. 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:

Practical workshops in group performance, improvising and extemporising

Seminars in composing and arranging;

Lectures on musical style and musical analysis;

Independent research and practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Portfolio: Portfolio of evidence comprising two elements: composition and musical techniques

Formative assessment methods:

Students will work independently to develop a range of instrumental/vocal techniques, and will present creative work in draft to receive peer and tutor led feedback and reflection on progress in practical workshops. 

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment 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 MULHOLLAND, J. HOJNAKI, T. The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony £22.99 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: 20 April 2018


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