ED2SM1-Subject Specialism 2 : Music

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rebecca Berkley

Email: r.m.berkley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module builds on ED1SM1: Subject Specialism 1 to further develop a student’s knowledge and expertise in music and musicianship.

•To promote practical knowledge and understanding of music in a diverse range of styles and media
•To enhance each student's capability as instrumental and vocal practitioner
•To develop in students a critical awareness of musicological thought and practice, past and present
•To develop composing skills in a wide range of styles and in response to composing briefs

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
•Demonstrate an appropriate level in their own instrumental and vocal skills
•Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of a diverse range of musical styles through composition and improvisation
•Demonstrate critical awareness of musicological thought and practice

Additional outcomes:
Additionally, on successful completion of the module, students will:
•Be able to engage in musical activities with confidence
•Be able to engage critically and reflectively with performance practices, both their own and those of others
•Be able to structure their own learning and work effectively

Outline content:
This module builds on skills developed in ED1SM1. Students progress through a range of skill-enhancing and progressive practical sessions. In addition, they are introduced to key concepts in musicology, including those relating to history, style, and cultural context.

Global context:
An international context will be considered. Students investigate the cultural context of a range of musical styles and genres, and their development and reconstruction as the music transfers between cultures.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students continue to develop their skills through individual and group music making. The module employs a range of teaching and learning environments, including individual and group tuition, workshops and seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 10
Seminars 4 18
Tutorials 3 4
Practicals classes and workshops 2 18 16
Guided independent study 20 40 60
Total hours by term 22.00 70.00 108.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Portfolio: Composition (30%), Written analysis (35%), solo performance (35%)

Formative assessment methods:
Ongoing formative feedback is given through:
•Rehearsal and performance of compositions in workshops
•Rehearsal and demonstration of musicianship skills
•Guided research tasks

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.
    GROUT, D.J. &PALISCA, C.V. (1996) A history of Western Music (5th ed). New York
    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:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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