Creative Practice

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FHEQ Level
School of Arts & Department of Music

Module overview

This specialist module is not suitable for beginners and students who wish to take it will be expected to demonstrate expertise and experience in the skills that are required by submitting a portfolio containing either a larger work or two or more smaller works (preferably in contrasting styles), either in the form of a link, or musical notations, or other recorded format.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate a practical knowledge of compositional techniques connected with several genres of music that can be defined in some way as

  1. Asian or African
  2. linked to one of the Asian or African diasporas, or resulting from
  3. a fusion of different Asian and African musics with each other, or
  4. a fusion of Asian or African musics with elements derived from Jazz or Western Popular or Classical idioms.

This will be demonstrated through the composition of pieces which may be acoustic, electronic, and/or a combination of both and may incorporate visual elements, dance or theatre. Students should be able to demonstrate their mastery of technique, creativity and originality, describe and justify their compositional intentions and present their materials clearly and accurately.


One hour Lecture, one hour Seminar per week in Term 1, and two hour-long tutorial sessions in Term 2

Method of assessment

  • 2-3-minute composition and a 500-word commentary (worth 30% of marks)
  • 8-10-minute composition, a 1,000-word commentary and a performance in May/June (worth 70%)


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