Music Improvisation - CMAT5130

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Richard Perks checkmark-circle


This module will explore a variety of approaches to improvisation including Western idiomatic conventions, music(s) from other cultures, part-composed/part-improvised material, and contemporary and 'free' methodologies. Throughout the weekly workshops, students will improvise in an array of settings and will experiment with different exercises, both as soloists and as part of an ensemble. Students will perform with and/or direct groups of improvisatory musicians throughout, and will be presented with various assessed practical tasks, designed to develop the wide range of skills necessary to perform and improvise in the twenty-first century.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private Study hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

Solo Improvisation (5 min) - 25%
Group Improvisation (12 min) - 50%
Reflective Critique (1000 words) - 25%

Reassessment Methods
- Like-for-like.

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Bohlman, Phillip V. (2002). World Music – A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Clayton, Hernert & Middleton (2003). The Cultural Study of Music – A Critical Introduction. Routledge
Freeman, Phil (2001). New York is Now! - The New Wave of Free Jazz. The Telegraph Company.
Nyman, Michael (1999). Experimental Music. Cambridge University Press.
Stevens, John (2007). Search & Reflect – A Music Workshop Handbook. Community Music Ltd.

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. exhibit an in-depth understanding of marketing disciplines within the Music Industry and wider context;
2. critically evaluate the value of marketing, consumer demand, and its impact on culture and commerce;
3. create a marketing plan complete with defined goals and milestones;
4. demonstrate an awareness of marketing and brand strategies and their effectiveness.

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

1. utilise relevant skills in information communication technologies and use of electronic information sources.
2. work independently, to understand one's own learning style and work regime;
3. use time management effectively to include the ability to plan and set priorities;
4. analyse data and to formulate and express relevant arguments and hypotheses;
5. assimilate different theoretical and aesthetic systems of thought and to relate theory to practice;
6. examine assumptions, concepts and hypotheses critically in the light of evidence, to make informed choices and to apply insights from one area of study to another.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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