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Solo Project I - MUS00002H

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

A Solo Project is an ISM: a substantial piece of work devised and researched during the 3rd year. It gives students the experience of real research planning, establishing a scholarly or creative project and seeing it through to a finished piece of work which will be presented to professional standards. Topics are approved by BoS at the end of the 2nd year, and students are allocated a Solo Project Supervisor, who oversees and guides the development of the project. All solo projects include a written element; the project usually takes the form of one of the following scholarly and/or creative possibilities;

  • an extended essay
  • an piece of analytical work
  • a music theatre production
  • technical production of an original album
  • performance art
  • organising and evaluating a themed event
  • classroom and community-based Projects
  • transcription and editing
  • ethnomusicological fieldwork
  • electroacoustic installation
  • writing and putting on a musical
  • composition-based projects
  • albums (some forms of popular music and jazz)

Because the solo project springs directly from the student's own interests, it often develops skills appropriate to, or even acts as direct preparation for, a number of graduate career routes.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

At the end of the module, students should:

  • Be aware of current research / practice in their chosen field, and be able to situate their own outputs within that context;
  • Have developed responses which extend or complement existing research / practice;
  • Be able to articulate the new ground that their approach investigates, and to evaluate its effectiveness;
  • Have developed specific musical / musicological / music-administrative skills in relation to their chosen area (compositional, performance, project-management, recording, etc.).

Academic and graduate skills

At the end of the module, students should:

  • Have developed experience in devising original research projects, monitoring their progress, and carrying them through to a successful conclusion.
  • Have developed successful strategies of time management in the production of the project over an extended timeframe;
  • Have developed skills in recognising a professional level of achievement, and in self-evaluation of the effectiveness of their project.


Task Length % of module mark
University - project
Individual Project
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - project
Individual Project
N/A 100

Module feedback

Report form, with marks to student no later than 4 weeks from submission of assessment

Indicative reading

These will vary according to the project.

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