Composition 2

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Composition 2

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Satisfactory completion of MU4004, MU4005, MU4010 or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    This module provides the opportunity for students to further develop compositional skills
    and refine their personal voice, with an emphasis on contemporary techniques and

    Engagement with a wide range of musical styles in order to broaden understanding of
    more complex compositional issues is encouraged, this may include: alternative methods
    of notation; large-scale structuring principles; interactivity and conceptual models in
    composition. Technical, aesthetic and stylistic aspects of compositional work will be
    developed alongside an awareness of context both historical and philosophical. A direct
    collaboration with a performer to produce a new bespoke piece will be a feature of one
    of the projects.

    Topics covered include:
    ? critical evaluation and analysis of contemporary and Twentieth Century
    ? advanced techniques for the development of musical material;
    ? approaches to harmony and formal structuring;
    ? methods of notation, including graphic and unconventional notation;
    composition seminars on a range of contemporary music-based topics;
    ? lectures on specific contemporary techniques and their contexts;
    ? collaborative workshops and presentations.

    Teaching: Lectures, seminars and workshops

    ? Portfolio showcasing a number of musical works of approximately 15 minutes
    duration in a chosen contemporary style.
    ? Students will also work on a joint compositional project with performers, which
    is performed publicly.
    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

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