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BMus Music

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BMus Music

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Music

Programme Code

MUS-BM-S

UCAS Code

W302

JACS Code

W300 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

BBB including A-level Music. Where A-level Music is not offered, A-levels in three other subjects or equivalent, plus Grade VIII Theory of Music (ABRSM, Trinity-Guildhall or LCM (not Popular Music Theory)) would be acceptable.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Music (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Caroline Rae

Cardiff University

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

There is some flexibility on a case by case basis for students to take modules outside the Programme.
At Level 2 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.
At Level 3 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The Bmus degree, in accordance with the University's Mission Statement, aspires to be a broadly-based, research-driven unit with a dynamic world-class research and education portfolio and strong international connections and to promote the widest possible access to this portfolio of excellence in an environment of equality, tolerance and mutual respect, fully embracing its role in Northern Ireland and beyond. Within this context, the Batchelor of Music programme aims:

to deliver an innovative, broadly-based, flexible curriculum, in accordance with the QAA Benchmarks, that reflects the diverse field of scholarship and practice within Music;

to facilitate the study of Music through an integrated balance of practice and theory;

to attract students from local, national and international contexts through various entry routes, and to provide them with the best possible learning and teaching experience;

to provide all students with the widest possible opportunity to pursue and extend their knowledge and understanding of Music through a variety of learning methods;

to enable students to: develop advanced critical, analytical and physical skills, as well as their creative and imaginative skills; to improve their self-confidence, powers of concentration, understanding of group dynamics, and communication skills through a variety of oral, written, visual and performance media;

to introduce new areas of teaching and implement new pedagogical techniques and technologies in response to advances in scholarship technology, and educational research, student feedback, as well as the interests and aptitudes of staff members;

to provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment that enables learners with a variety of entrance qualifications to fulfil their potential and develop their capacity for motivated independent learning;

to provide appropriate learning resources, including suitable facilities for live performance and to supplement library provision by exploiting the possibilities offered by online learning;

to foster mutually beneficial connections within music in order to facilitate student learning;

to enrich students' learning experience by exploring possible interdisciplinary linkages /collaborations with other cognate and non-cognate subject areas within the School;

to embed a diverse range of generic and transferable skills in our pathways, and thus prepare students for a variety of academic and professional careers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Engage with and evaluate a variety of sources (texts, notated scores, recorded and live performances)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, class group-work, seminars, tutorials, workshops, concert attendance; interpreting, analysing and discussing ideas generated through class discussion and group exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing, podcasts, composition portfolios, stylistic pastiche.

Understand complex issues and arguments and communicate this understanding both orally and in written form

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, class group-work, seminars, tutorials, workshops; referring to current theory and commenting on it both through oral and written work.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing, podcasts.

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Contextualise music and its history from a variety of perspectives and contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, class group-work, seminars, tutorials, workshops; forming independent views on a range of sources (notated, written, performed) and expressing them effectively through discussion and written work.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing, podcasts, composition portfolios, stylistic pastiche.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Work independently and as part of a team demonstrated through individual and group work (written and practical)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Rehearsals, class group-work, workshops; balancing and managing the demands of conflicting deadlines and various types of formative and summative assessment effectively.

Methods of Assessment

Performances (particularly ensembles), written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing, podcasts, composition portfolios, stylistic pastiche.

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The delivery of verbal presentations within small and large group contexts develops oral communication skills while a variety of short and more extended written work on which formative and summative assessment is made develops well-structured and synthesised writing on a variety of topics.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing, podcasts.

Show effective team-working and leadership skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Exercises within classes and tutorials which exploit teamwork – reporting back on a topic within a given timeframe and adopting a position within the team that enables the group to deliver effectively generates vital team-working and leadership experience.

Methods of Assessment

The strategy outlined here often feeds into individual methods of assessment such as those outlined above. Group-work is sometimes assessed more directly, depending on the module, through seminar presentations and contributions, ensemble performance and work placement learning journals.

Demonstrate efficient time management skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The management and prioritisation of a range of assignments and course requirements together with the ongoing discipline involved in working in isolation on continual development as a musicologist, performer and/or composer develops efficiency in time management.

Methods of Assessment

All methods of assessment have submission deadlines that require time-management skills on the part of the student. With performance and composition modules, in particular, time-management is inherent in the learning process (eg attendance at rehearsals).

Learn through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The process of independent learning is inherent in all modules within the programme (perhaps most notably in performance, but also in composition and musicology) and instilled from induction onwards. It is particularly pronounced in stage 3, when students are encouraged to undertake project-type work.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing.

Demonstrate basic word processing and other IT skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Submission of word-processed assignments and the need to explore web-based sources develops and requires basic IT proficiency.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations (e.g. facility with PowerPoint), concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations. A facility with music processing is also a feature of all these types of assessment, plus editions of music, orchestration exercises, composition portfolios, podcasts.

Collate, evaluate and process information from a variety of sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The ability to critically evaluate a variety of sources is inherent in all modules within the programme and instilled from induction onwards.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, orchestration exercises, podcasts.

Respond effectively and productively to constructive feedback on written and practical work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The process of managing criticism and working with feedback to improve work is encouraged throughout the programme.

Methods of Assessment

Many examples of these, e.g. dissertations that respond to feedback on written drafts; projects and written examinations that respond to feedback on essays and seminar presentations; essays, pastiche exercises, orchestration exercises that respond to feedback on class group-work; recitals that respond to feedback in performance seminar classes, etc.

Think and work creatively within a variety of contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Creative thinking is inherent in the nature of the programme. The variety of contexts means that it often takes different forms in teaching (lectures, group-work, seminars in performance platform and composition, etc.) and learning strategies (both verbal and – in composition, performance and stylistic pastiche – non-verbal).

Methods of Assessment

Performances, composition portfolios, written examinations, seminar presentations (eg answering questions), orchestration exercises, pastiche exercises, among others.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of Western music

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, providing a springboard for further enquiry carried out through small-group seminars, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, and seminars by visiting musicologists, performers and composers.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, composition portfolios, written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing.

Understand the range of periods in musical history and of their political, aesthetic, social and cultural contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, providing a springboard for further enquiry carried out through small-group seminars, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, and seminars by visiting musicologists, performers and composers.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, composition portfolios, written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing.

Demonstrate a knowledge of the output of significant composers within the Western canon including clear concepts of their individual contribution to its development and perpetuation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, providing a springboard for further enquiry carried out through small-group seminars, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study; seminars by visiting musicologists, performers and composers; attendance at concerts held within the School.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, composition portfolios, written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, editions of music, textual editing, pastiche exercises.

Show an awareness of particular works and their composers through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, providing a springboard for further enquiry carried out through small-group seminars, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study; seminars by visiting musicologists, performers and composers; attendance at concerts held within the School.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, dissertations, orchestration and arrangement exercises, pastiche exercises.

Understand and apply practically the evolving vocabulary of music across a range of periods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, providing a springboard for further enquiry carried out through small-group seminars, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study; seminars by visiting musicologists, performers and composers; attendance at concerts held within the School.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, written examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, concert reviews, dissertations, weekly homeworks, orchestration and arrangement exercises, pastiche exercises.

Show familiarity with a range of theoretical and practical approaches to the study of music in all its aspects

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, providing a springboard for further enquiry carried out through small-group seminars, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study; seminars by visiting musicologists, performers and composers; attendance at concerts held within the School; master-classes, workshops, rehearsals and activities provided through, for example, visiting artists and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music provide access to a variety of teaching situations.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, composition portfolios, written examinations, essays, projects, learning journals, concert reviews, dissertations, orchestration and arrangement exercises, pastiche exercises.

Demonstrate an awareness of structure, notation, orchestration and tonality within music across a range of periods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, providing a springboard for further enquiry carried out through small-group seminars, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study; seminars by visiting musicologists, performers and composers; attendance at concerts held within the School; master-classes, workshops, rehearsals and activities provided through, for example, visiting artists and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music provide access to a variety of teaching situations

Methods of Assessment

Performances, listening tests, essays, projects, seminar presentations, dissertations, editions of music, weekly homeworks, orchestration and arrangement exercises, pastiche exercises.

Apply this knowledge practically through (where followed) performance and composition

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Master-classes, workshops, rehearsals and activities provided through, for example, visiting artists and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music provide access to a variety of teaching situations.

Methods of Assessment

Performances, composition portfolios, orchestration and arrangement exercises.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate written, notated and performed materials

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars (delivered by students and also by external professional musicologists, performers and composers; the delivery of seminars with other students and the requirement within tutorials to work in groups is inherent to the programme), independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Written exams, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, reviews, dissertations, editions.

Demonstrate an analytical and practical understanding of musical language through pastiche, written analysis, and effective performance (where studied)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and group lessons, lectures, tutorials, seminars (the delivery of seminars with other students and the requirement within tutorials to work in groups is inherent to the programme), teamwork, independent study (performers and composers required to demonstrate sustained work as individuals culminating in portfolios of original work and effectively communicated and interpreted performances).

Methods of Assessment

Recitals, class performances, written exams, essays, learning journals, class tests, pastiche exercises, keyboard harmony tests, dissertations.

Effectively apply and interpret the principles of notation and orchestration

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and group lessons, lectures, tutorials, seminars (the delivery of seminars with other students and the requirement within tutorials to work in groups is inherent to the programme), team work: ensemble participation is available to all BMus students; workshops with visiting artists; independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Recitals, class performances, compositions, written exams, pastiche exercises, orchestrations, arrangements, dissertations, editions.

Understand the productive processes of preparation, rehearsal, marketing and delivering compositions and performances

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and group lessons, lectures, tutorials, seminars, independent study, workshops with visiting artists, collaborations between performance and composition students.

Methods of Assessment

Recitals, class performances, compositions, podcasts.

Demonstrate a highly-developed understanding of composers and genres within broad and narrow contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars (delivered by students and also by external professional musicologists, performers and composers; the delivery of seminars with other students and the requirement within tutorials to work in groups is inherent to the programme), independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Written exams, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, dissertations, editions.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Composition 3a

MUS3071

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Double Recital

MUS3082

3

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

25%

75%

0%

Dissertation

MUS3084

3

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Composition 3

MUS3087

3

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Fundamental Harmony

MUS1013

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Mozart's Operas

MUS3033

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Special Project

MUS3076

3

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Single Recital

MUS3072

3

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

25%

75%

0%

Solo Performance 1

MUS1017

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Solo Performance 2

MUS2017

2

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

20%

80%

0%

Ensemble Performance

MUS2018

2

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

20%

80%

0%

Music in History

MUS1041

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Writing about Music

MUS2043

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Classical Analysis

MUS2015

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Composition II

MUS2011

2

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Traditional Irish Music: Form, Style and Development

MUS3069

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

10%

50%

Directed Study

MUS3099

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Music Psychology

MTE2052

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

70%

0%

Notation and Transcription

MUS2066

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Politics in Popular Song from the French Revolution to Punk

MUS3055

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Introduction to Arts Management

SCA2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Music

MUS1002

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

A Night at the Opera

MUS3040

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Improvisation

MUS2050

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

70%

0%

Disco Culture

MUS2033

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Audio Mixing I

MUS1030

1

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Composing Music

MUS1012

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Sound Synthesis

MUS1036

1

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Musical Thought and Scholarship

MUS3063

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Musicianship

MUS1005

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Scoring and Arranging

MUS2053

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

0%

20%

Songwriting

MUS2055

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Sound Recording and Production 1

MUS1038

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Ensemble Performance 1

MUS1018

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

MUS1017 pre-requisite: Successful audition Students may substitute up to two Level 1 modules in another subject, for which they have the necessary pre-requisites, subject to approval from their Adviser of Studies. It is not permissible to enrol on more than one Performance stream.

MUS2017 pre-requisite: MUS1017 (58% in first study and 58% overall) Students must take a) a minimum of 80 credits from MUS/MTE-code modules, or b) 60 credits from MUS/MTE-code modules and a maximum of 20 credits from SCA-code modules. Students may substitute up to two Level 2 modules in another subject, for which they have the necessary pre-requisites, subject to approval from their Adviser of Studies. It is not permissible to enrol on more than one Performance stream.

Students must take a) a minimum of 80 credits from MUS/MTE-code modules, or b) 60 credits from MUS/MTE-code modules and a maximum of 20 credits from SCA-code modules. Students must enrol on at least one Historical Topic. It is not permissible to enrol on more than two double modules or more than one Performance stream. MUS3082 and MUS3083 may not both be taken and neither may be taken with either MUS3072 or MUS3074. MUS3072 pre-requisite: 60% overall in MUS2017 and 60% for exam MUS3082 pre-requisite: 64% overall in MUS2017 and 64% for exam MUS3071 pre-requisite: 58% in MUS2011 MUS3087 pre-requisite: 62% in MUS2011 MUS3076 pre-requisite: 55% average in either MUS2041 or SCA2043. Proposal by Induction Week MUS3084 pre-requisite: Normally 62% average in either MUS2041 or SCA2043. Proposal by Induction Week