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Postgraduate Course: Portfolio of Compositions (Level 11) (MUSI11077)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThrough a combination of lectures and small group tutorials, led by the Composition staff of the Reid School of Music, this course helps you to develop your own compositional voice, creating a range of original musical works, in a variety of genres and contexts, in direct response to the provocations and challenges set and suggested during composition lectures.
Course description Lectures will be delivered by staff at the Reid, and examine areas such as composing for theatre and film, working with technology, writing for schools and community groups, improvising, producing and arranging, and concert hall commissions.
You will develop skills to plan, budget, and deliver work, with input from industry figures from organisations actively commissioning and supporting new music, and you will examine contemporary works, songs and soundtracks, take part in workshops and discussions, and have opportunities to discover and debate current ideas, practices and context in the field of composition.
In tutorials, you will receive input on your developing work from a member of the composition staff, and examine and discuss the opportunities and challenges that face emerging composers in the world today.
The course will challenge you to create music in response to a number of situations, briefs and genre considerations, and will support you to combine professional considerations with artistic goals. The course will celebrate innovation and originality within the context of your chosen genres.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 354 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will consist of one component:

Submission - End of second semester (100%)
-four/ five pieces of music created in direct response to ideas and provocations encountered in lectures and tutorials. (total duration c.20 min)
This assessment component will be submitted during the exam diet. Written feedback will be given within 15 working days.

Feedback Summative feedback will be given within 15 working days after the submission, and will demonstrate how well the work meets with the learning outcomes.
Formative feedback on creative practice in progress will be given during fortnightly tutorials.
Students at this advanced level are encouraged to develop personal autonomy in identifying and absorbing formative feedback offered in regular tutorials.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a significant range of principal professional skills to refine and extend their own creative practice in musical composition and invention.
  2. Plan and present a series of works at a professional standard, with a range of audiences and collaborators in mind.
  3. Work with and respond to specialist practitioners, such as musicians, composers, animators, directors and relevant others.
  4. Translate a range of techniques and ideas encountered in lectures, tutorials, and creative practice, into a critical understanding of the context of contemporary musical creation.
Reading List
Brant, Henry Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator's handbook (2009) Carl Fischer Music
Nelson, Peter (ed.) Contemporary Music Review. Online journal 1984-present
Oliveros, P. (2005) Deep Listening : A Composer's Sound Practice. iUniverse
Gould, E (2011) Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation. Faber Music Ltd
Varga, B.A. (2015) Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers. University of Rochester Press
Rutherford-Johnson, T. 2017. Music after the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989. Oakland: University of California Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
- You will leave this course with a critical understanding of how new music can be imagined and produced. You will also have an analytical appreciation for a wide range of compositional approaches and attitudes, and the courage to expand and experiment in order to fulfil your potential as a creative artist.
- You will leave this course with an enhanced ability to generate and develop original musical ideas, and turn them into a sustainable creative practice.
- You will develop your sonic imagination, musical literacy and ability to interpret and analyse existing works of new music, across genres.
- You will have had opportunity to share your ideas with others and communicate your musical ideas to other musicians. You may also develop score reading, listening, sound production and score production skills.
You will have opportunity to work independently to problem solve through creative practice, in direct response to bespoke tasks and provocations, and to share and discuss your ongoing creative practice in a safe yet challenging environment.
Keywordscomposition,composition for screen,theatre,concert hall,community music,improvisation
Course organiserDr Gareth Williams
Tel: (0131 6)50 2429
Course secretaryMrs Carrie Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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