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Module

MUS2018 : Contemporary Musical Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Fleet
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Fred Hollingsworth
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to introduce the student to further contemporary and cross-cultural understandings of the nature of musical materials. Students will be considering specific case studies throughout the course and challenging preconceived notions about what musical materials are, how they can be analysed/understood, and how they are performed. This module is partly theoretical and builds upon the Music Theory modules (MUS1001, MUS1002, MUS1004, MUS1005, MUS1015 and MUS1044) undertaken at Stage 1

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will be introduced to a variety of different musical practices, from other cultures and from different contemporary and popular practices, and will study these examples with reference to their musical material. These are directly related to the research interests of the staff delivering on the module and may reasonable include: popular music analysis, ubiquitous music, turntabalism, and subversive musical materials. The approaches will be analytical, cultural and historical and all will deal with musical forms that are seemingly resistant to conventional analysis. There will be opportunities to analyse and evaluate recording technologies as being part of contemporary musical material.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0032:00Reflect upon the learning outcomes and skills in relation to the assessment.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00OnlineSyn lecture talk with discussion of the associated tasks.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials82:0016:00Asynchronous online lecture material with associated tasks.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Introductory online video/lecture and materials
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities10:300:30Introductory online video by the student introducing themselves to the learning group.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities161:0016:00Research/reading tasks set for students to investigate using guided online research methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00Synchronous online workshop that involves single and group student presentation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery161:0016:00Synchronous online single and group tutorials.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:3054:30Student to analyse and evaluate their learning and then create from the skills being explored
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion162:0032:00Discussion group for the students to engage either synchronously or asynchronously
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The scheduled learning activities are designed to introduce the students to different types of contemporary musical material so that a plural and open definition can be understood, and so that an alternative mode of analysis is presented to the traditional score based approach to music. The students will also be expected to place their learning in a professional context so that the module outcomes are fit for purpose not only for their final year specialist study but also for when they graduate. The development of their critical voice is encouraged and supported throughout the module and assessed against the summative tasks: the first being an application for a job as a music researcher and the second being a position piece that the music researcher has been set from a brief.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A40Research driven covering letter for a job application
Portfolio2A60Think piece under the premise of a public facing publication
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first task is weighted to reflect the student's engagement with the content of the module up to that point and their brief, which is grounded in real world context of a covering letter for a researcher, is appropriately worth c.1600 words. The second task is worth c.2400 words which is larger due to the need for the student to reflect upon their learning during the whole module and to respond to the portfolio brief which asks them to write a research-driven piece linked to content their learning on the module.

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