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MUSI6024 Music Individually Negotiated Topic 1

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• develop and polish skills of investigation, methodology, synthesis and presentation for musicological study, creative practice or music technology focussed projects • undertake intermediary-level, closely supervised research in preparation for larger-scale dissertation, composition portfolio and performance projects

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • A specific topic in music analysis, history, critical theory, music technology or creative practice chosen by you in collaboration with the MMus Coordinator and specialist tutors
  • Analytical and investigative methods appropriate to the topic of your choice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Plan and execute research, a creative practice project, or technology orientated project within a limited time frame
  • Organise and manage basic research tasks, which may include reading and analysing a wide range of primary and secondary literature and sources
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Structure a research project in music history, critical theory or analysis, a creative practice project, or a music technology project
  • Evaluate primary and secondary literature and sources in the field of your topic
  • Determine appropriate modes of presenting the results of your research


In-depth study of a specific area in music analysis, history, theory, music technology or creative practice. Subject areas are chosen in collaboration with the MMus Coordinator, and content is negotiated individually between you and the tutor whose expertise most closely matches your interests. Module content and assessment modes are agreed by the end of the second week of the semester in which the course is taken and recorded on the student’s course selection form (returned to the MMus Coordinator). This module provides students with a short, highly supervised ‘bite’ of research, creative practice or music technology focussed project on a topic of their choosing (within the range of topics for which the Department can provide expert supervision). It can be used to replace a subject-specific module in each of the three MMus pathways (Musicology, Composition, Performance) if such a replacement is advisable in order to prepare your for your final work (dissertation, composition portfolio, professional recital). Examples of projects undertaken in this module include: • Essay on Walton’s Violin Concerto in reflection of the crisis of modernity • Essay on perceptual segmentation in Iannis Xenakis’ Keren • Essay on music therapy methods for communicating for people with autism • Short essay and 10-minute track integrating real-world sound to engage with the issues of black rights and police brutality • Construction of 1-bit music box with accompanying instruction manual and two new compositions written for the music box

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • independent or small group tutorials Learning activities include • individual study/research • managing and writing up a project Tutorials with your INT supervisor will help you to choose your project and manage your research over the semester. Discussion of your reading and/or listening will sharpen your evaluative skills. Your knowledge and understanding of your topic will develop through independent study and feedback from tutorials, and will be assessed in your project work for the module.

Independent Study284
Total study time300


Assessment Strategy

Verbal feedback from the tutor in optional, one-to-one, meetings during his/her office hours or by appointment, including feedback on essay plans


MethodPercentage contribution
Agreed academic assessment  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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