University of Surrey - Guildford

Registry > Module Catalogue
View Module List by A.O.U. and Level  Alphabetical Module Code List  Alphabetical Module Title List  Alphabetical Old Short Name List  View Menu 
2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUSM026 Module Title: CREATIVE PRACTICE
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUM.CPRAC30
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SANSOM M Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Tuition is spread through both semesters. Depending on the project this includes instrumental/vocal tuition.
Assessment Pattern
Feedback is given to students in the following ways: 
  • you are entitled to tutorial feedback on every completed piece of work;
  • you are also entitled to tutorial feedback on your submission in May, following its assessment by internal and external examiners.
The mode of assessment will vary according to the nature of the project, but will be established and agreed in writing at an early stage in discussions between student and supervisor. Typically it might be a performance or performances, a portfolio of recordings or other media products, or some combination of these. Towards the end of the module a single submission single submission is required in an appropriate format (for guidance, studio-based compositional work would typically comprise three or more pieces; performances would typically be of 30 minutes. In both instances a written supporting statement would be required).
Criteria of assessment include the extent to which your work demonstrates understanding and expertise across the range of repertoire, aesthetics, techniques, applied practical skills, and standards and methods of practice and presentation relevant to the sphere of work, as appropriate to a 30-credit postgraduate module.
Module Overview
Module Aims
  • To enable you to develop an original programme of work across any combination of creative practice including, for example, composition, performance, improvisation, musical arrangement, studio and live-electronic production or mixed/multi-media production.
  • To facilitate work that in some way hybridises across traditional divisions of practice (conception, creation and execution) and means of realisation (acoustic and electronic technologies). Examples of this kind of work might include: jazz performance/composition, live electronic composition/performance, free improvisational practice, singer/songwriter practice.
Learning Outcomes
Detailed knowledge of:
  • Techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work
  • Aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work
Understanding and mastery of:
  • Applied improvisational skills
  • Professional standards and methods of practice and presentation
  • A good level of critical awareness of the approach adopted and of its relationship to practice, issues and debates relevant to the particular sphere of work
Module Content
In consultation with the department’s theorists and practitioners you will aim to develop your understanding and practice of particular sphere of work selected. You will be expected to participate in Departmental concerts and events and take a close interest in the events, concerts, recordings, broadcasts, and media related to your area of practice. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary initiatives are encouraged as appropriate. Depending on the area of work, instrumental tuition may form part of the course content.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Contact hours:
12 hours of group seminars plus 20 hours of tutorials

Notional hours:
270 hours of private study (300 hours in total for the module) 

As project-based practical work, this module requires a high degree of private study. Tutorials offer guidance, feedback and monitoring of progress (you are not restricted to just one tutor). Seminars are used to provide opportunities for group discussion, presentation of work-in-progress, and sharing of ideas. Workshops enable students to benefit from instruction and demonstration in specific fields, often through input from visiting musicians.
Selected Texts/Journals
Due to the diverse nature of the potential content of submissions in this module, readings will be suggested by the Module Convenor when students’ areas of focus have been identified.
Last Updated