Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

PRiSM (Practical Instrumentation, Scoring and Musicianship) MUSIC1022

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

PRiSM introduces and solidifies core practical skills in creative musicianship for pre-honours students. The course equips students in their pre-honours years to pursue a wide range of practical, creative, and scholarly music study as honours students. This includes group performance, orchestration and arranging, basic digital creative skills, utilising notation software and digital audio workstations.


1 x 1hr lecture, 1 x 1hr practical workshop per week over 15 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. 3 x 20 minute tutorial over 15 weeks.

This course runs for a full year, with 30 total contact hours therefore not all teaching weeks have scheduled classes.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

MUSIC1004 Orchestration




Piano reduction of large ensemble score, 2-3 minutes (25%)

Orchestration of piano score, 2-3 minutes (25%)

Portfolio: Performance and recording, 3 minutes, with accompanying critical reflection, 750 words (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ provide practical musicianship skills for pre-honours students relevant to later study at honours level;

■ introduce repertoire and practices of music scoring and notation in a variety of instrumental and choral contexts;

■ introduce creative approaches to orchestration, arrangement and composition;

■ build confidence in group music performance;

■ provide routine digital audio and digital music skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ utilise basic creative skills to compose, orchestrate and arrange music in a variety of instrumental and choral contexts;

■ rehearse, conduct, and perform collaboratively in an ensemble of their peers;

■ apply digital audio technologies in a practical music-making setting;

■ reflect on and critically appraise their own work;

■ approach practical music study with independence, confidence and adaptability.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.