You'll also take these Core Modules, all of which are assessed through coursework:
Research Methods (20 credits)
A practical and theoretical introduction to a range of research methodologies relating to the study of music in performance, composition, and musicology; together with an introduction to issues in empirical research. It will introduce various types of research tools, and will enable you to use the internet and other information technology as resources in musical research. Develop knowledge and understanding of performance and composition as a research technique, deal with specific topics for research in the study of recordings of Western art music and acquire transferable skills in relation to researching and presenting academic work.
Contextual Studies (20 credits)
Contextual Studies offers you the opportunity to consider, present and discuss your specialist work in context. Relationships between performance, composition and related research areas will be articulated and explored as you draw explicit connections between your specialist area and the discipline as a whole. This module supports you in developing the ability to articulate and respond to critical debate among peers, in and beyond your specialist field.
Criticism (20 credits)
This module develops your critical ability to study your area of specialism amid the range of approaches to the study of music in the present day. Your approach will be based in your independent study choice but will also take in a variety of approaches presented by your peers.
Analysis (20 credits)
This module will equip you with the ability and methodological tools to analyse a range of music, and to interpret music in all of its forms. Examples will be selected from the specialisms of the students undertaking the programme.
And choose TWO of the following 20-credit options:
Aesthetics (20 credits)
This module explores several of the most essential and contemporary problems of musical aesthetics, locating them principally in the context of contemporary research and practice in music and contemporary musical practice in performance and composition. It considers issues of musical meaning and interpretation in relation to Western art music, including the roles of subjectivity, identity and society. You'll become familiar with the work of several important authors in musical aesthetics and twentieth-century continental philosophy and you will be able to apply these debates and positions to your own area of study. Assessment will be through coursework.
Music Psychology and Health (20 credits)
This module develops your awareness and application of methods and theories in areas of musicology that have an empirical aspect. This may include, but may not be limited to, music psychology, music and health and music education. These will be linked with the areas of study of the students undertaking the module. Assessment will be through coursework.
Performance Project (20 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to develop creative approaches to performance in a range of professional settings. These may include, but may not be limited to, ensemble and choral rehearsals, accompaniment and historically-informed performance. Performance-related skills may include use of technology, style- or genre-based performance practice, historical performance practice, accompaniment, ensemble communication, musical interpretation and historical interpretation. You will design and realise your project in consultation with your tutor. Assessment will be through a workshop and a final project.
Creative Project (20 credits)
Your creative project equips you with the skills to develop creative approaches in a range of professional settings. These may include, but may not be limited to, improvisation, group composition, ensemble work, music in the community, music in education and studio work. Creative approaches may include issues of leadership, collaboration, professionalism and responding to client briefs, along with multimedia and interdisciplinary approaches (for example, visual art, film, lighting design, writing and acting). You will design and realise your project in consultation with the tutor. Assessment will be through a workshop and a final project.