BMA0R100B – Understanding Composition

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Module code
BMA0R100B
Module title
Understanding Composition
Prescription
This course develops the student's understanding of compositional processes. Students analyse works to acquire a contextual basis for their own musical development. Students learn to use the elements of music in the making of work in a variety of genres. Students are introduced to strategies that can be used to realise a music project from its initial conceptual stage to the final outcome.
Programmes
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
15
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
75
Self directed hours
75
Total learning hours
150
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
2.1Understand selected discourses and practices and their relevance to music
-produce written, comparisons and analyses of selected texts
-produce oral and written descriptions of self-practice
-use conventional forms of writing to analyse texts
-participate in conventional presentations of outcomes
-test the use of selected methods in the production of works

2.2Develop a process for systematically addressing problems in composition
-discuss, reflect and interpret composition assignment briefs
-participate in directed research, analysis and practical projects
-demonstrate the systematic development of a process through the generation, regeneration, manipulation and synthesis of ideas

2.3 Understand the elements of music
-examine the use of the elements of music in composition.
-examine the fundamentals of vocal and instrumental arrangements
-identify and apply appropriate music terminology

2.4 Understand the legal expectations of copyright protection in regard to intellectual property ownership
-acquire skills in writing a basic contract
-recognise the difference between recording and publishing contracts
-understanding royalties and how they are distributed


2.5Understand assessment methodology within the context of an educational institution
-develop a vocabulary for describing compositions
-demonstrate ability to write objectives
-participate in class workshops and group discussions
-be involved in formative assessment.
Content
3. CONTENT AND PROCESS

3.1Compositional Contexts
Programmatic Music
Ethnic Music

3.2 The Elements of Music
Form & Structure
Dynamics
Harmony
Melody
Rhythm
Texture
Timbre

3.3 Compositional Strategies
Capturing ideas
Arranging ideas


3.4 Recording
Media and tools

3.5 Publishing
Formats of presentation
Performance rights
Intellectual Property
Learning and Teaching Resource
4. LEARNING PROCESS
Students adopt procedures prescribed by lecturer for approaching issues in project briefs.
Student research content for their own projects prescribed by lecturer.
Students adopt structure for working through a project, students obtain feedback from lecturer on their progress at each stage of the project.
Students receive feedback from lecturer about problems with their process at all stages of the project.
Students develop understanding of content, processes and performance through class discussions structured by lecturer.
Students reflect on process through the development of written documentation of their work (discussions, decision making and preferences).
Students develop ability to evaluate self and peer performance through participation in formative assessment based on a set of questions provided by lecturer.