Research for Music
In this module, you will explore a range of reading materials relating to musicology and its sub-disciplines. Guided reading leads to an open exam paper, which is undertaken in your own time over a two-week period. The final part of the year is spend researching and writing an extended essay on a musical topic of your own devising, with supervision from your tutor. Research and writing skills training are also given as part of the teaching for this module. The assessment is therefore coursework-based, and closely matched to your own interests and specialism.
Work and Professional Practice in Music
In this option, you will have the opportunity to develop skills relevant to the world of work by studying aspects of professional practice in a number of music-related professions (for example, teaching, performing, composing, journalism, studio management, editing, recording company), followed by a suitable work placement. Teaching is in the form of guest lectures from professionals. Assessment is through coursework relating to your career research and placement.
Choose up to four from a list which may include:
This module gives you the opportunity to develop an extended creative project or written dissertation. It gives you the chance to focus on one of the key areas of your degree course. The module is assessed through coursework, including a written report and extended project. Project topics include work on composition, musicology, computer programming, mixed-media work or performance. Classes involve weekly one-to-one tutorials with your academic supervisor.
Music On Stage: Opera and Musical Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda 2
Music on Stage explores the changing relationship between music and drama in opera and musical theatre of the principal Western traditions from the early 1600s to the present day. The creation of a musical stage work requires composers and librettists to work together. This module invites a critical exploration of issues surrounding this whilst exploring a series of illustrative works from performance, compositional and cultural-historical perspectives.
Singers and their Songs: Music, text and Performance Before 1600 2
You will explore the rich heritage of song from before 1600, from the courtly love lyrics of the troubadours to the development of polyphonic vocal polyphony that typified the early modern period. The history of song relates directly to performance, composition and theory, as well as to the history of literature, religion, and the art history. You will have the opportunity to learn early notation and prepare your own editions. You may wish to support your work through participation in the Early Music Ensemble.
This module offers an individualised plan of learning leading towards the production of a unique portfolio of compositions. Tuition is provided through weekly individual 30-minute composition tutorials as well as third weekly masterclasses. You will have the opportunity to write for at least one visiting artist or ensemble of international importance or explore various in-house opportunities. A variety of workshops are offered throughout the year to support your study. Assessment is through the submission of a portfolio of original compositions and an accompanying commentary.
Music in the 21st Century
This module explores the major issues and materials of current musical thought and practice. We will draw on a wide range of styles and genres to examine the diversity of music in the early 21st Century, and will focus in particular on some of the aesthetic challenges and debates raised by this diversity. Assessment is through coursework, including a final project that provides opportunities for you to develop your own creative ways of demonstrating the findings from your independent research, including performance, composition, installations, multimedia presentations, blogs, websites and podcasts.
Computer Composition 3
Building on the experience you have gained in Computer Composition 1 and 2, you will produce a composition using multi-channel sound, with or without video, or interactive sound design (ISD1 and 2 prerequisite for the latter option). You will be introduced to new techniques including the use of spatialisation, video, interactive or mixed media work. You will be supported through the creative process through weekly tutorials over one term only, where you will be helped to develop your ability to work with such techniques creatively, and you will have extensive access to the studios. The assessment is mostly practical, based on a work submitted with an accompanying reflective commentary.
Music, Gender and Identity
This module explores the relationship between music and identity. It encourages you to question the relationship between creativity and gender in diverse areas of musical activity, from composition and scholarship to performance itself. The module is assessed through coursework, including written and spoken assignments. Sample topics include work on masculinity in rock, film music, women composers, music and disability, and the presentation of gendered roles on the operatic stage; classes provide opportunity to debate your ideas with others.
Experimental Music 2
In this module you will explore and gain understanding of the defining elements of experimental music. Weekly lectures will introduce new ideas, composers and musical works, which will be explored through performances, group activities, discussions and presentations. No performing experience is required – just an open mind and willingness to experiment! Assessment will be a combination of practical and coursework, including the choice of a performance of an experimental work, a composition, or a seminar presentation.
Techniques of Music Analysis 2
You will explore a number of approaches to the analysis of tonal and non-tonal music, these including Schenkerian analysis and pitch-class set theory. Classes involve the exploration of the theory behind these approaches and its practical application to examples. The module is assessed through coursework, which consists of analyses of two pieces of piano or chamber music.
Explorations in World Musics 2
This module will introduce you to styles of music popular around the world in the past and in the present, such as Vietnamese Pop, Baltic folk music and Aboriginal country music. It will also have a local focus, and one piece of assessment will ask you to work with musical group in the Huddersfield area, whether through musical collaboration, ethnographic research, or recording them. This course will also introduce analytical tools that will help you conceptualise these styles of music and place them within their cultural and political contexts. It will draw on a wide range of disciplines, including ethno-musicology, musicology, anthropology, popular music studies, post-colonial studies and history.
Empirical Musicologies 2: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study
You'll be introduced to a range of approaches in empirical musicology – a branch of musicology concerned more with objective knowledge and evidence than with subjective judgement. The module will help you to develop understanding and skills in handling empirical data systematically – in such fields as music analysis, music psychology, musical creativity research and music data encoding/storage/retrieval, among others – in order to address music-related questions. It will also help you to understand the nature and range of music-related research-problems which can be addressed by empirical approaches.
Solo Performance 3 (Minor)
This module allows you to pursue solo performance and is available to all students who have received a sufficiently high mark in their solo recital in the second year. You will work closely with an individual instrumental/vocal tutor, receiving 11 hours of individual tuition, to develop your technical skills and musical insight. Assessment is entirely practical and tuition is tailored to prepare you for two solo recitals. You will also attend a supporting programme of master classes and workshops which will develop your understanding of a range of issues relating to musical performance.
Studies in Performance
This module is designed to support your solo performance work if you are enrolled on one of the two solo performance modules in the third year. You will be introduced to a variety of issues confronting performers, such as authenticity, analysis, notation and editions, and you will consider ways in which these topics may be applied to your own practice as a performer. You will also be encouraged to make constructive criticism of your own and of others’ performances through regular performance classes. Assessment is through coursework designed to develop your understanding of essential performance practice issues.
Performance Skills 3 (Major)
In this module, which is the Honours Level equivalent to Performance Skills 2, you will be able to select two areas of study from a list of performance areas, such as chamber music, directed ensembles or conducting. You will be assessed by practical examinations and coursework assignments. The course provides opportunities for you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of performance areas, guided and coached by our team of expert full and part-time performance and instrumental staff.
Performance Skills 3 (Minor)
In this module, which is the Honours Level equivalent to Performance Skills 2, you will be able to select one area of study from a list of performance areas, such as chamber music, directed ensembles or conducting. You will be assessed by practical examinations and coursework assignments. The module provides opportunities for you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of performance areas, guided and coached by our team of expert full and part-time performance and instrumental staff.
This module examines a range of approaches to orchestration from the Baroque to the present day, focusing on the characteristics of individual instruments, their ranges and tone colours, as well as strategies for the combinations of instruments, including issues of balance, voicing, doubling, and effective control of orchestral textures. Assessment is through coursework.
Music in Vienna 1770-1830
The module will examine the music and musicians of Vienna during the period 1770¬–1830 in the context of the social, cultural, aesthetic, technical, political, philosophical, economic, and religious life of that centre in order to understand how music functions in the complex environment of a major population centre.
You will explore concepts such as performing music with regard to the original performing conditions, changing performance trends, changes to instruments, and changes to music notation, and understanding a range of source materials. This module has relevance to performers and musicologists, creating a greater breadth of context to the performance of historical music. You will learn, through this, a range of skills working with and integrating archival materials. Music performance can be included in the assessment process.
Solo Performance 3 (Major)
You will have the opportunity to work closely with an individual instrumental/vocal tutor to help develop your technical skills and musical insight and prepare you for two solo recitals demonstrating a high standard of musicianship and technical facility.
Composing Music for Film and Videogames B
This practical composition module takes you through the craft of composing original scores for film. Following on from AIM2505 Music and the Moving Image, it provides tuition in the technical practices of soundtrack composition: spotting cues, creating live soundtracks for film, arranging and orchestrating cues provided, and working with technology to create realistic soundtracks. This gives you the opportunity to develop the skills to undertake a practical analysis of music for various media: film, television and computer games.