Aural, Analysis and Improvisation

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Aural, Analysis and Improvisation

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Satisfactory completion of introductory level music study.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will develop a wide range of practical musical skills that are required by
    professional musicians in a variety of contexts; these include aural skills, music analysis,
    and improvisation. A range of analytical techniques will be examined through the study
    of a wide repertoire of classical, popular, and contemporary music.

    Practical workshops will develop improvisation and aural skills. A range of different
    approaches to improvisation will be explored, including Jazz, Soundpainting and free
    improvisation. Analytical techniques to be covered may include structural analysis,
    motivic and harmonic analysis, analysis which informs improvisation, and of non-tonal

    Aural teaching will focus on aural analysis but will also include melodic and harmonic
    recognition, rhythm, texture, comparative performance and formal structure. The
    exploration of improvisation allows the theoretical work in this module to be put into
    practice. Assessment for this module is through a class aural test a folio of analyses, and
    an improvisation.

    Teaching: Lectures and workshops

    ? 2 hour test of aural awareness and understanding (30%)
    ? 1500 word portfolio of written analyses (30%)
    ? Improvisation (40%)
    STUDY OPTION 2 OR STUDY OPTION 3: alternative assessment

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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