MD4316: Songwriting and Performance

MD4316: Songwriting and Performance

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Songwriting and Performance
Module Code MD4316
Module Tutor Philip Reeder
School School of Media
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module focuses on composing and performing original and inventive songs and instrumental music. It will encourage students to experiment, drawing on theoretical frameworks and cultural contexts, as well as familiarising themselves with a range of appropriate technical equipment and compositional strategies to realise their work within an effective and well managed operation.


Indicative Syllabus

This module will introduce a range of approaches to enable students to analyse existing written songs and their own original compositions. Its aim is to empower students both to recognise a range of styles and to incorporate them into their own compositional practice and performance.

This module will also explore the song in context - historically and culturally and its impact and reflection of society. Students will use a range of audio equipment including mics, PAs electric keyboards, guitar amps and other audio equipment to realise their projects.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Create and perform original and inventive compositions and songs.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and reconstruct musical materials.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use an appropriate range of technologies for creating, performing and documenting music.
  4. Evidence effective time and operational management within individual and in collaborative contexts.
  5. Evaluate compositions in relation to theoretical frameworks and cultural contexts.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Portfolio: 2500 words or equivalent.
002: 50% Portfolio: 2500 words or equivalent.
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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