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Free Play New Music Improvisation Ensem (MUSI20164)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUSI20164
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject gives participants the opportunity for an in-depth practical study of musical improvisation techniques by introducing the participant to the marvellous and unique art of improvisation. This performance-based subject introduces the practice of musical improvisation for those musicians who have had little or no experience in the art of real time creative music-making. Open to any instrumental or voice performer, this ‘free play ensemble’ will open your journey to a new musical freedom.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the practice of musical improvisation as real time composition utilising tools such as melody, harmony, rhythm, intensity, texture, intent, emotion, gesture, drama and extended techniques
  • Understand the creation of music from the perspective of ‘play’ where the individual is challenged to create musical expression within the complexity of a group environment
  • Demonstrate some personal approaches to performing improvised music
  • Demonstrate a greater awareness of music as an aural art form acutely linked to site-specific factors such as acoustics and audience
  • Demonstrate a developing sense of musical imagination and musical intuition

Generic skills

On completing this subject students will be able to:

  • exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to the practising musician
  • demonstrate an open and independent attitude towards contemporary cultural developments
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the challenges for the professional musician in the 21st century
  • critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across the broader community
  • work at various levels, both individually and as a team member, in a wide variety of musical environments
  • understand and appreciate how the arts connect with the broader society and culture

Last updated: 11 October 2019