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Creative and Critical Practice 2 - MUS00103M

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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 increasingly sophisticated creative work and critical reflection.

Module will run

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

Module aims

The focus of the ‘Creative and Critical Practice’ modules is your individual compositional work. Building on your work in CCP1, in CCP2 you will develop more sophisticated compositions demonstrating a critical, reflective and informed practice. 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 deepen your 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. By arrangement, you may also develop work in partnership with students on the MA Performance programmes taking the ‘Collaborative Project’ module.

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Produce compositions showing increasingly sophisticated and original ideas achieved through both creative and academic exploration.

  • Contextualise and critically assess your practice in increasingly sophisticated ways.

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

  • Engage sophisticatedly 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 in line with standard University turnaroud 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.