You will study the following core modules:
Advanced Studies in Instrumental/Vocal Composition
The module contains the following main areas of study: repertoire studies, advanced compositional techniques, studies in notation, issues of compositional aesthetics.
Topics covered will include: editing and preparation of materials at a professional level, recent stylistic developments in contemporary music, the rational and the intuitive. Composers discussed may range from Ades and Adams to Lutoslawski and Ligeti.
Assessment: Two composition exercises, one editing exercise and one essay
Composition Tutorials 1 and 2
Across these two modules you will receive regular one-to-one tutorial teaching, enabling you to develop your compositional technique and a self-reflexive critique of your own work. You will be taught composition techniques appropriate to your individual needs. You will also be encouraged to broaden your range of compositional practice, and move toward the development of a personal ‘voice’.
Assessment: A series of compositions
You will also choose three optional modules from a range which typically includes:
- Advanced Studies in Electroacoustic Composition 1 and 2
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- British Music Studies 1850-1975
- Experimental Music and Sound Art
- Fieldwork Methods
- Introduction to Global Popular Musics
For more information, see our Music module descriptions.
In addition to your taught modules, you will produce a portfolio consisting of one or more compositions amounting to approximately 13-23 minutes duration in total (length to be agreed with your supervisor), and an accompanying written commentary of approximately 3-5,000 words. Students are also required to attend and to write short summaries of research seminars presented during the academic year.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.