ED3SM1-Subject Specialism 3 : Music

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites: ED2SM1 Subject Specialism 2 : Music
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 builds on ED2SM1: Subject Specialism 2 and enables students to develop their musicianship skills through contextual study of chosen musical styles and genres. 


  • To develop research and analysis skills in historical musicology

  • To develop practical skills in contextually specific performance

  • To develop composing skills through the creation of contextually specific pastiche composition

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how music fits into a wider social, historical and stylistic context

  • Critically analyse music from different historical periods reflecting on the aesthetic and technical content of the music

  • Demonstrate their musicianship through performing responses to chosen styles and genres

Additional outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Present their ideas using a range of music technology and multi-media resources

  • Work independently and meet interim deadlines

  • Demonstrate independence of judgement


Outline content:

This module builds on the skills developed in ED2SM1. Students will investigate a selected theme in music history, focusing on chosen composers and musicians, musical styles and genres, and present a multi-media resource drawing together historical research, music analysis, listening examples and creative responses to the chosen focus. Students will perform music in a range of styles drawn from the chosen topics, including investigating historical and socially specific performance techniques. Students will explore the compositional techniques pertinent to the chosen theme and create compositional responses to composing stimuli.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Group workshops on music technology, performing and composing, seminars and lectures on music history and analysis, independent study on guided tasks. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 5
Tutorials 5
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
Oral assessment and presentation 40
Practical skills assessment 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Student will present a 30 minute Lecture Recital on their chosen instrument or voice. The recital will last approximately 15 minutes and be weighted at 60% of the final mark. The Lecture will last approximately 15 minutes and be weighted at 40% of the final mark.

Formative assessment methods:
Informal group and individual tutorials on progress, rehearsal and draft performances of recital programme.

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:
    40% for each piece of work

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: All texts are available in the Library.
    ROBINSON, J. (2005) Deeper than reason: emotion and its role in literature, music, and art. [electronic resource] Oxford: Clarendon.
    GROAK, J (2013) Canon Vs. Culture: Reflections on the Current Debate [electronic resource]. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

    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 supplied for students
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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