Independent Music Project - CMAT6090

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Richard Perks checkmark-circle
Spring Term 6 30 (15) Richard Perks checkmark-circle


In this module, students bring the expert knowledge they accumulated during their studies in one final project, which takes the form of an individual study in one practical area relating to music or music technology. The project can be (but is not restricted to) a large-scale composition, a songwriting project, sound design and foley, audio-visual work, sound installation, audio programming, sound spatialisation, or performance. Students will choose an area of study in conjunction with a tutor, who will oversee the development of their project. Expertise gained through the undergraduate course will be enhanced and strengthened in this final work.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 16
Independent Study Hours: 284
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Project (70%) (this can take a variety of forms)
plus a critical, contextualising document (1200 words) (30%)

Reassessment methods
100% project

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Tutors will guide each student to relevant resources for their chosen topic.

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) demonstrate a specialist, working knowledge of one practical area relating to music or music technology;
2) formulate and articulate a practical project relating to music or music technology;
3) select and employ appropriate research methods to gather information;
4) analyse and critically evaluate research findings, placing the student's own work in context;
5) produce a substantial piece of practical work which utilises advanced and appropriate software, techniques and/or technology.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) work independently, and understand one's own learning style and work regime;
2) engage in critical self-reflection and evaluation of work in progress and respond positively to the critical insights of others;
3) deploy appropriate theoretical and aesthetic systems of thought, and relate theory to practice;
4) plan and set priorities, demonstrate resilience and manage time and resources effectively.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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