Creating Music for Performers - CMAT3140

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) TIM HOWLE checkmark-circle


Students are provided with an introduction to some fundamental principles of music composition, such as rhythm, time, line, texture and form. They are guided to consider how these elements work in key pieces by recent composers in a variety of styles. Practical sessions and group work will provide opportunities for students to explore their own musical ideas, leading to a greater understanding of the relationship between music composition and performance.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

Composition Portfolio (approx 3 minutes) – 80%
Commentary (500 words) – 20%

Reassessment Methods
- Like-for-like

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Adler, S. (2002). The Study of Orchestration. New York: Norton.
Cole, B. (2006). The Composer's Handbook. London: Schott.
Cox, C. (ed.) (2016). Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. London: Bloomsbury.
Nyman, M. (2011). Experimental Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wilkins, M. L. (2006). Creative Music Composition. New York: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Explore and develop music composition techniques, using a range of instruments and resources;
2 Display an awareness and appreciation of the music of other composers through the creation of their own compositions;
3 Conceive musical ideas and begin to manipulate them in an inventive and individual way;
4 Use appropriate technologies for producing music.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Be self-critical of work in progress, responding to the critical insights of others and investigating and assessing alternative methods and techniques;
2 Prioritise tasks and work efficiently on a project over a period of time;
3 Demonstrate flexibility of thought and an openness to new thinking.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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