Composition Project

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 60-minute lesson per session
Total contact hours
3 hours
Study load
25 hours

Form / content / level

Students who can be admitted to the second year.
See Competencies Matrix.
Developing composition skills.
Relation to other modules
Related to the theory modules.
The Composition Projects comprise a composition laboratory for those students whose main subject is not Composition. By applying an extremely direct methodology to a mini-project (i.e.: writing a piece), the aim here is to gain familiarity and experience with developing an idea, coming up with the notes, arranging, notating correctly, rehearsing and performing. Hence, in these projects, the participant is always actively involved in the steps between writing down the initial ideas and the piece’s dress rehearsal and performance on stage. Not a lot of formal theory is entailed here; the main concern is the student’s idea. Therefore, the student exclusively discovers or is given answers to the questions that are directly generated by his or her piece, which in turn results in an extremely efficient learning process.
The composition assignments can be based on a particular orchestration or the student comes up with his or her own line-up, and can be instrumental or comprise vocals. Therefore, the participant’s objective is to write a piece for the relevant orchestration such as for a percussion ensemble, brass ensemble, rock band, a capella group or a saxophone quartet. The teacher will coach participants right up to the performance.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual coaching and instruction.
Material & Tools
Student activity
Preparing a performance.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the instructor at the end of the spring semester.
Students should have mastered the elements described under Contents.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
Examination procedure
Students are assessed at the end of the spring semester. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the lessons and assignments.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

The Composition Projects comprise a composition laboratory for those students whose main subject is not Composition.