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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUSM033 Module Title: CREATIVE PRACTICE
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUM.CPRAC60
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SANSOM M Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
Module Availability
Tuition is spread through both semesters. Depending on the project, instrumental/vocal tuition.
Assessment Pattern
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 is required in an appropriate format with a written supporting statement.
Criteria of assessment include the extent to which your work demonstrates high-level 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 60-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 and high-level knowledge of:
  1. Techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work
  2. Aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work
Advanced understanding and mastery of:
  1. Applied improvisational skills
  2. Professional standards and methods of practice and presentation
  3. A high-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
10 hours of individual lessons with your instrumental/vocal tutor
Up to 20 hours tutorials with the module convenor and other staff.
Notional hours
570 hours of private study (600 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. 

Feedback is given to students in the following ways:
  • you are entitled to tutorial feedback on every new work you compose;
  • ongoing verbal feedback is given throughout the module;
  • you are also entitled to tutorial feedback on your submission in May, following its assessment by internal and external examiners.
Selected Texts/Journals
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