It provides a theoretical platform upon which creative and practical composition and arrangement skills may develop

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					UNIVERSITY MODULAR FRAMEWORK -MODULE SPECIFICATION

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SCHOOL *                    School of The Arts

DIVISION *                  Northampton College

FIELD*                      MUSIC

MODULE TITLE*               Composing and Arranging


MODULE CODE *           LEVEL*        CREDIT VALUE*           CO-ORDINATOR

                        5             20                      Mark Thursby
MUS2031



DELIVERY MODE(S)*       Standard
DELIVERY                N'HAMPTON
LOCATION(S)*

PRE-REQUISITES*:

MUS1013

CO-REQUISITES*:

None

RESTRICTIONS*:

HND Music Practice course only

SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS*:

This module has no supplementary regulations

DESCRIPTION*:

In this module learners develop and apply their skills in composition. They will also
develop and apply their skills in musical arrangement, that is, to create a new piece
from an original piece, usually for different stimuli. The unit involves writing and
recording music for acoustic and/or electronic instruments. The unit involves the
study of the characteristics and capabilities of different instruments and the
exploration of tone colours through the combination of different instrumental groups.
Learners will produce original compositions and/or arrangements in any style or form,


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and they may use technology either as a creative device, a means of producing a
score and parts, but must ultimately compose for 'real' or 'live' instruments.

OVERALL AIM(S) FOR THE MODULE* (Max 2 bullet points)

·      To develop and apply skills in composition
·      To develop and apply skills in arranging

LEARNING OUTCOMES*: (Max of 10)

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

Knowledge and Understanding

a)    Show an awareness of band voicing and harmony;
b)    Demonstrate awareness of introductions, modulations, interludes and endings;
c)    Develop harmonic progression skills;
d)    Apply a knowledge of the application of various instruments through a range of
      practical tasks;

Subject - specific Skills

e)    Plan and produce an arrangement;
f)     Handle a range of musical material within different genres and context;
g)    Compose and arrange using different approaches to the writing of music;

Key Skills

h)    Consider and assess a range of styles and techniques as a basis for creativity;
i)    Communicate effectively in written and other forms;
j)    Take an active role in identifying purpose, tasks, responsibilities, and time-
      scales in a group activity;

INDICATIVE CONTENT:

This module will provide grounding in the fundamentals of composition and arranging
for ensembles and smaller groups. The student should familiarise themselves with key
vocabulary and terminology. The module could be delivered in a 'live' environment
wherein students apply the theoretical knowledge to their instruments as a group. The
theoretical knowledge will be derived from MUS1013 during level 4. It provides a
theoretical platform upon which creative and practical composition and arrangement
skills may develop. Modern styles of composition can be used and de-constructed, for
example: Jazz/Big Band and conventional Popular Music. It is expected that students
will challenge themselves and venture into new areas

JUSTIFICATION OF TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY*:
TEACHING, LEARNING + ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES  STUDY HOURS
Workshops and lectures                      50 hours
Assessments                                 50 hours
Independent study and research              100 hours
Total                                       200 hours


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CONTEXT*

This module is taught by Northampton College staff to student cohort(s) on campus.

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE*

Assessment Items                              Units Weighting Learning Outcomes
AS1- Written Arrangement, including research. 2         40     a, c, e, f, h, i
AS2- Written Composition, including research.   2       40     b, d, g, j
PF1- Group Performance                          1       20     a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Practical Assessment 1
Produce a written arrangement using conventional western music notation. The work
must be scored for an instrumental group and will be based upon a traditional
standard or other such work in consultation with your lecturer. It will be necessary to
write a 1000 word synopsis, commenting on the methodologies and creative practices
employed in the realisation of the arrangement.

Practical Assessment 2
Produce an original composition using conventional western music notation. The work
must be scored for an instrumental group and will involve the application of creative
musical composition drawing upon contrasting musical genres or styles. The praxis
will involve a cross-fertilization of ideas based on the contrasting musical genres or
styles, resulting in the final work. It will be necessary to write a 1000 word synopsis,
commenting on the methodologies and creative practices employed in the realisation
of the arrangement.

Practical Assessment 3
Lead the presentation and performance of one or both of the assessment items
already created. It will be necessary to take a lead and pro-active role in
communicating with peers in order to realise the final presentation of the creative
work.

APPROVAL/ REVIEW DATES:

Version: 7
Date of revision: January 2012
Section: All sections reviewed for PSR April 2012




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