Writing and Performing or Composing

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writing and Performing or Composing

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    For the performing element, grade 8 ABRSM or equivalent
    For Semester 2 entry, suitable for study abroad students with a good grasp of academic
    writing skills and referencing.

  • 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 will enable creative music technology students to develop their skills in
    performance or composition supported by acquiring the necessary skills in research and
    academic writing to underpin university level studies.

    All students will be introduced to a range of contemporary issues in music and music
    technology. Through listening to and analysis of a wide range of musical styles, students
    will enhance their critical skills and musical vocabulary, whilst developing fundamental
    skills in academic writing and research.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Exploration of a range of techniques in composition and performance.
    ? Discussion of composition and performance in studio produced music.
    ? Development of effective performance techniques.
    ? Structural aspects of music in performance or composition.
    ? Issues of notation in composition and interpretation of music.
    ? Relationships between words and music.
    ? Working creatively with sound through rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic
    ? Bibliographies and referencing.

    Those specialising in performance will receive 6 hours of specialist individual tuition on
    their instrument or voice in addition to lectures. Composers will receive small-group
    tuition. The assessment in this module is through a varied portfolio of work including
    creative work (performances and/or compositions) and written assignments.

    Teaching: Lectures, seminars and workshops

    Folio of written work to include:
    ? CV (10%)
    ? Critical Review (15%)
    ? Essay (25%)
    Performers will also complete:
    ? A portfolio of practical work consisting of a performance exam including
    technical exercises (30%)
    ? Completion of a performers? diary (10%)
    ? Attendance at a staff-led performing ensemble (10%)
    Composers will also complete:
    ? A folio of technical exercises (20%)
    ? A summative free composition (30%)
    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.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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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