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MUSI6035 Individual Research Project

Module Overview

In-depth study of a specific area in music analysis, history or theory. The subject area of your research project is chosen in collaboration with the MMus Coordinator (within the range of topics for which the Department can provide expert supervision). The topic is negotiated individually between you and the tutor whose expertise most closely matches your interests (i.e. music analysis, history or theory) and is agreed by the end of the second week of the semester in which the module is taken and recorded on your module selection form (returned to the MMus Coordinator). Assessment is by means of a 4000 word essay (a project involving score based work could have a reduced word limit to be negotiated and agreed by week 2). This module provides you with a short, highly supervised ‘bite' of original research and encourages you to develop your own approach or method and to draw your own conclusions as appropriate. It can be used to replace a subject-specific module in each of the three MMus pathways (Musicology, Composition, Performance) if this is advisable in order to prepare you for your final work (dissertation, composition portfolio, professional recital).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• develop and polish skills of investigation, methodology, synthesis and presentation for musicological study • undertake intermediary-level, closely supervised research in preparation for larger- scale dissertation and performance projects

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a topic in music analysis, history or critical theory chosen by you in consultation with the MMus Coordinator and specialist tutors
  • research methods and analytical and critical skills appropriate to the topic of your choice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan and carry out a research project within a limited time frame
  • organise and manage basic research tasks, which may include reading and analysing a wide range of secondary literature
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop a research project in music history, critical theory, or analysis
  • locate and evaluate secondary literature in the field of your topic
  • determine appropriate strategies of presentation (oral and written) for your research

Syllabus

In-depth study of a specific area in music analysis, history or theory. The subject area of your research project is chosen in collaboration with the MMus Coordinator (within the range of topics for which the Department can provide expert supervision). The topic is negotiated individually between you and the tutor whose expertise most closely matches your interests (i.e. music analysis, history or theory) and is agreed by the end of the second week of the semester in which the module is taken and recorded on your module selection form (returned to the MMus Coordinator). Assessment is by means of a 4000 word essay (a project involving score based work could have a reduced word limit to be negotiated and agreed by week 2). This module provides you with a short, highly supervised ‘bite’ of original research and encourages you to develop your own approach or method and to draw your own conclusions as appropriate. It can be used to replace a subject-specific module in each of the three MMus pathways (Musicology, Composition, Performance) if this is advisable in order to prepare you for your final work (dissertation, composition portfolio, professional recital). Examples of topics undertaken in this module include: • Late Mozart and early Beethoven piano concerto first movements • Walton’s Violin Concerto in reflection of the crisis of modernity • Perceptual segmentation in Iannis Xenakis’ Keren • Hybridity and the expression of Jewish-American identity • Genesis: Dialectics of continuity and change, 1970–1993 • Music and autism: Music therapy aiding communicating for people with autism

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • independent or group tutorials Learning activities include • individual reading and research • managing and writing up a project Tutorials with your 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.

TypeHours
Teaching8
Independent Study142
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? verbal feedback from the tutor during tutorials or in optional, one-to-one, meetings during his/her office hours or by appointment, including feedback on essay plans

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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