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Practical & Ensemble Studies I - MUS00111C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Miss Lynette Quek
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module consists of practical ensemble activity and exploration of key musical works in a weekly lecture series.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

Practical & Ensemble Studies I develops practical ensemble skills and critical reflection upon a variety of key musical works and the ways in which these works are recorded. Over the year, students will develop team-working ensemble skills that reinforce the skills required across the degree as a whole. They will also be exposed to a wide variety of music, across musical genres and from different historical periods, through the weekly ‘Music in context’ lectures given by a wide range of academic staff. These will present a number of works which individual staff consider central to their understanding of music and their own academic practice. In each case the work will be placed into its historical and cultural context, and issues of status and of canon formation will also be introduced.

Module learning outcomes

Ensemble Participation:

After participating regularly in an ensemble, students should acquire and develop these abilities and attributes in ever-increasing degrees:

  • a broader knowledge of relevant repertoire or techniques
  • an increased awareness of performance and technical practice
  • punctuality, preparation, focus and attention
  • an understanding of rehearsal or session organisation
  • technical solutions for performance or recording challenges
  • an awareness of balance, blend, and foreground-background relationships through attentive listening
  • an awareness of the social dynamic of collaboration within a collective
  • the individual responsibility that is needed for effective team work

Critical Listening:

By the end of the module students will have:

  • widened their knowledge of music through history
  • become familiar with both standard classics and rarer items, from across the whole gamut of available musics;
  • engaged critically with processes of musical perception
  • gained insight into a number of key works
  • become aware of the many different ways in which music can be studied
  • developed their written responses to a variety of musical experience


Task Length % of module mark
Record of participation & folio
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Students are encouraged to participate in departmental music ensembles, but they must participate in Recording Collective 1 for Stage 1 MASR students for assessment purposes. They must also attend all 'Music in Context' teaching sessions in order to complete the assessment successfully.

There are two parts to the assessment:

1) a 1500-word critical reflection on your response to any music with the 'Music in Context' series that was unfamiliar to you. You may also wish to reflect on the ways in which the music you write about was captured through recording.

2) one listening test related to recording techniques (details will be available from the module leader).


Task Length % of module mark
Record of participation & folio
N/A 100

Module feedback

Confirmation of Pass / Fail within 4 weeks of submission of folio.

Indicative reading

Readings will be suggested by individual staff members in the Music in Context lectures.

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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