Applied Music Research: Investigating Culture and Creativity
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of methodologies for musical research, including empirical and ethnographic approaches. Seminars will provide you with opportunities to debate and apply these methods to a range of contemporary issues in music and musical culture, providing the basis for investigating your own topic of study in an extended research project. You will be encouraged to explore new areas of study, additional methodologies and approaches to 'real world' research, and to question the ways in which music functions as a social, cultural, and aesthetic text.
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:
Final Year Project
You will work individually, or in small groups (of normally no more than six), devising, managing, delivering and evaluating your project. You will be assigned an individual tutor, to whom the project proposal is submitted for approval and who is responsible for overseeing the assessment of the outcome of the project.
Music On Stage: Opera and Musical Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda 2 (Final Year)
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 (Final Year)
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.
You will build on the experience you have gained previously in composition, production, and/or songwriting modules to produce a sophisticated piece (or small set of pieces) of music based on a set of staff-led options relevant to your compositional practice (examples include multichannel audio composition, instrumental composition, songwriting, music production and audiovisual composition). Tutorial support for this creative work will be provided. You will be introduced to relevant techniques such as spatialisation, the use of complex orchestration/arrangements, advanced studio production, video, interactive or mixed media work. You will develop your ability to work with such techniques creatively.
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 (Final Year)
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 (Final Year)
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 (Final Year)
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.
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
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.
Orchestration (Final Year)
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 (Final Year)
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.
Historical Performance (Final Year)
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.
Composing Music for Film and Videogames B
This practical composition module takes you through the craft of composing original scores for film. 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 enables you to develop the skills to undertake a practical analysis of music for various media: film, television and computer games.
Empirical Musicologies 2: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study (Final Year)
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.