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MUSI3154 Collaborative Music Project

Module Overview

This module responds to the challenge of making music in uncertain times. In it, you will work with a group to create, rehearse, produce and document a ‘performance’. It could be in one of many guises, including traditional live concerts or gigs, happenings (e.g. flash mobs), digital mediums (e.g. interactive websites, online multiscreen performances or social media campaigns). Therefore, depending on circumstances, resources and the scope of your imagination and skill, the outcome(s) of your projects could be anything from a traditional concert performance to a film screening in a drive-through cinema to a virtual performance installation experience. Working collaboratively over an extended period will give you strategies and approaches for working in a team of musicians.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Technical problems and solutions on chosen instrument(s) and technology as they relate to the project.
  • Approaches to achieving positive team working and successful interpersonal communication.
  • Individual/Ensemble practice techniques and/or use of software
  • Communicating with audiences on stage and/or through digital means.
  • Repertoire for ensemble/musical group and appropriateness for chosen means of dissemination.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to apply practice techniques to new repertoire.
  • Structure group meetings, rehearsals, recording and individual practise sessions effectively.
  • Self-evaluate in practice and rehearsal, in order to continue to improve.
  • Develop a working method for collaborating with other musicians.
  • Learn about contemporary modes of performance dissemination, including in the digital realm.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to be self-critical and reflective, both musically and technically.
  • Ability to be honest and find ways of working with your group in a productive way.
  • Ability to work independently and within a group, working towards agreed aims.
  • Time management.
  • Set well informed goals for future personal and perhaps career development, building on strengths and addressing weaknesses that collaborative project work has helped you recognise.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Greater musical control of your instrument (including dynamic range, colour range, shape and structure, and phrasing) and/or (music) technology.
  • Technical control of your instrument (facility, pitch range, flexibility, tone control, muscular coordination) and/or (music) technology.
  • Greater awareness of how you fit into a musical project (e.g. producer, musician, composer/arranger, film editor).
  • Develop skills in conceiving and presenting musical performances.
  • Strategies for working as a member of a musical group.


In this module you will work with a group to create, rehearse, produce and document a ‘performance’. You will be supported throughout by the module lead and/or a mentor/coach who will provide both musical and logistical guidance and direction.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise a mix of delivery methods, such as lectures, workshops and group tutorials. We are aiming to deliver a significant amount of your teaching face to face, blended with online learning, unless circumstances dictate otherwise. In which case the delivery could comprise an increased element of online learning, or move to entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable. - - Lectures (3 in total) 1. Conceiving and developing your project 2. Approaches to contemporary performance 3. Devising a learning diary and self-reflective report - Group tutorials (10 across the year) with the module coordinator and/or group mentor/ensemble coach - Ongoing tutorial support as required - Technical support in developing documentation - Plenary sessions (1 per semester), facilitated by the module coordinator, allowing students to compare notes and learn from each other

Independent Study134
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Group work 70%
Individual Coursework 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective report 100%
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