Undergraduate Course: Composition 1 (MUSI08067)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will offer experience in both pastiche and free composing through the exploration of compositional techniques used throughout the history of western music and in the present.
Students will be guided, through a series of graded exercises and projects, to create music in a contemporary context, and to recreate music of past styles.
Weekly lectures will present and analyse models of composition, while weekly small-group tutorials will discuss student assignments in detail. These weekly stimuli and assignments will form the basis of portfolios which will be submitted for assessment at the end of each of the two semesters.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students must have a Scottish Higher or GCSE A Level in Music at Grade A or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalent of a Scottish Higher or GCSE A Level in Music at Grade A is a pre-requisite. Prospective students should discuss their qualifications with the Course Organiser to assess their suitability for this course.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Semester 1 portfolio (50%): two free compositions for the instrumentation of your choice (each lasting approximately 3-5 minutes)
Semester 2 portfolio (50%): four stylistic compositions, chosen from a number of assignments set during the course.
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
The Semester 1 portfolio (50%) will assess Learning Outcomes 1 and 2. The Semester 2 portfolio (50%) will assess Learning Outcomes 3 and 4.
||Students will receive feedback on weekly formative assignments. Oral feedback will be provided in lectures and tutorials.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Study and discuss compositional techniques across styles and genres, and explore these techniques through the creation of their own work.
- Write music creatively, and to express and present their ideas clearly.
- Demonstrate an understanding of compositional techniques from within the Common Practice Era e.g. J.S. Bach and J. Hadyn.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of harmony counterpoint, and the basic skills of composition.
|Anna Butterworth, Harmony in Practice (London, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 1999 plus reprints)|
Owen Swindale, Polyphonic Composition (Oxford, 1962 plus reprints)
Elaine Gould, Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation (Faber Music 2011)
Alfred Blatter, Instrumentation and Orchestration- Second Edition (Schirmer Books 1997)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||A deeper understanding of the history of western music as experienced through both pastiche and free composition
The ability to express themselves through the creation of musical compositions
|Course organiser||Dr Gareth Williams
Tel: (0131 6)50 2429
|Course secretary||Miss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422