Introduction to Composition MUSIC2005
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
- Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This course is designed to introduce students to a range of compositional skills, through exploration of repertoire and techniques based on contemporary and 20th century approaches to composition.
12x1hr lectures (Fridays 1pm); 10x1hr workshop sessions workshops; 12 x1hr tutorials as scheduled in MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Grade D3 or above in Listening Through Analysis (MUSIC1021) or Musicianship (MUSIC1003)
Introduction to Composition (MUSIC4011)
Two workshop assignments (moderated self-assessment) - 15% each
Composition assignments - 20% (2 minutes duration; due end semester 1) and 50% (4-6 minutes duration; due end semester 2).
Main Assessment In: April/May
This course will provide the opportunity to:
■ Explore core techniques used in 20th century and contemporary music composition;
■ Enable students to adapt practices that are typical in the creation of music compositions;
■ Promote aesthetic awareness and critical listening skills through the pursuit of written compositions and devising workshops;
■ Develop students' ability to utilise a wide range of practical tools in composition.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Apply a range of technical means to create compositions;
■ Apply aesthetic judgment to create clear and stylistic identity in compositions, reflecting engagement with the content of the course sessions;
■ Consider issues such as harmony, melodic structure, form, texture, and timbre; as well as the effective and accurate use of notation, in writing compositions;
■ Collaborate with peers in devising original musical performances;
■ Write music with an understanding of the chosen media
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.