Contemporary Voices - MUS00054C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Roger Marsh
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

This module will study a range of innovative vocal music of the 20th and 21st century.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

The project will look at innovative vocal music of the 20th and 21st century from the radical works of Stravinsky, through the experiments of Dada and Futurism, the theatre of Brecht, Artaud and Beckett, to the works of the post war avant-garde and the current diversity found in vocal ensembles and music theatre groups around the world. Students will be required to take on individual or group research, leading to a seminar presentation during the project. There will also be practical workshops (everyone has a voice), and a post project performance to which everyone will be required to contribute as performer or composer (or both).

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the taught part of the project all students should:

  • have gained an insight into the development of contemporary vocal music through analysis and discussion of key 20th and 21st century works.
  • have acquired a critical vocabulary appropriate to the discussion of such works.
  • have developed familiarity with contemporary vocal notation
  • have acquired familiarity with the skills needed to participate effectively in contemporary vocal workshop
  • have gained experience of performing and composing new vocal music.

First years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate learning outcomes A1-10

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Practical
Practical and/or compositional work for final performance
N/A 90
University - project
Written documentation on performance / compositional work
N/A 10

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Assessment will be by performance and / or composition (90%), alongside a written commentary contextualising the work (10%).

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Practical
Practical and/or compositional work for final performance
N/A 90
University - project
Written documentation on performance / compositional work
N/A 10

Module feedback

Report form with marks to student no later than 6 weeks from submission of assessment.

Indicative reading

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