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Creative and Critical Practice 1 - MUS00102M

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Martin Suckling
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

Developing your compositional practice through creative work and critical reflection.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25
B Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The focus of the ‘Creative and Critical Practice’ modules is your individual compositional work. With the support of your supervisor you will set your own artistic goals and create a portfolio of music to achieve these. Regardless of the creative direction you choose, you will develop skills of critical reflection, articulating your compositional approach within the context of wider contemporary practice. To cultivate these skills you will actively engage with other compositional practices – of peers and also professionals – through listening and discussion and workshops via the weekly Contemporary Music Research Group seminars and fortnightly ‘Composers’ Club’ seminars.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Display a developing independent artistic voice through the creation of one or more compositions.

  • Where appropriate, produce notated materials to a professional standard.

  • Articulate the relationship between their personal artistic practice and relevant approaches within contemporary music.

  • Engage actively and constructively with peers and professionals in the discussion of contemporary music in workshop and seminar situations.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Critical commentary
N/A 10
Essay : Portfolio of Compositions
N/A 90

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Portfolio of compositions of total duration 7-12 minutes (90%)
Critical commentary of c.1500 words contextualising the aesthetic and technical approach taken (10%)


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Critical commentary
N/A 10
Essay : Portfolio of Compositions
N/A 90

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback inline with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Reading and listening suggestions will be made by your supervisor, tailored to your own interests and needs.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.