BA Music and Drama / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Introduction to Participatory Music

Unit code MUSC20802
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit aims to give students a basic grounding in the field of participatory music practice.

 

The unit provides a theoretical grounding in key areas such as group process, behaviour management and ethical practice in social contexts. Highly skilled and well-respected practitioners share their expertise and insight from their work in a range a settings, providing practical experiences and first-hand insights for students.

 

The weekly sessions will challenge as well as inform. Assessment is undertaken through a group presentation (with written submission) in which students are asked to pitch their ideas for a project, and an individual essay.

Aims

  • To provide a foundation of knowledge upon which students can develop their skills in participatory practice
  • To broaden the range of ways and settings in which students are able to apply their skills and learning in further study and upon graduation
  • To contribute to society through the development of people-centred practice

Syllabus

The following are representative examples of topics to be included in the weekly class schedule. These may change depending upon current trends and contexts and the availability of guest speakers.

 

  1. Introduction to participatory practice: who, what and where? Introduction to TiPP and expectations of students
  2. Music as a transformative experience: theories of change, aims and intended outcomes. Critical thinking and reflective practice.
  3. Music in Healthcare settings (guest)
  4. Music in Prisons (guest)
  5. Assessment guidance (essays and presentations). Allocation of groups and responding to a brief. 2-minute thesis exercise.
  6. READING WEEK
  7. Behaviour management and group process
  8. Homelessness (guest)
  9. Adult SEN (guest)
  10. Values, ethics and ethos. Presentation and essay preparation
  11. Group presentations
  12. Transferrable skills. Debrief and essay workshop

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures

Seminars

Workshops

Directed reading

Blackboard

e-learning

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

 

  • Describe a range of settings in which participatory music can be applied
  • Understand some of the key issues of participatory music practice and its social, economic and political contexts
  • Draw upon a range of experiences and resources to inform their writing, thinking and/or own practice

Intellectual skills

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

 

  • Develop and apply critical interrogation skills to issues relating to participatory music practices
  • Synthesise a wide range of theoretical materials relating to the topic
  • Evaluate critically the relationships between theory and practice in participatory music

Practical skills

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

 

  • Demonstrate group-work and presentation skills
  • Show experience in workshop design and delivery
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of the intersections of theory and practice relating to participatory music

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

 

  • Demonstrate a developing understanding of employment opportunities in which participatory music skills can be utilised, and skills that are directly transferable to that employment market
  • Produce high-quality work independently, showing evidence of critical engagement with relevant source materials
  • Articulate, discuss and support findings coherently in both written and verbal form, and in both individual and group-work contexts

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Surveying institutional and policy contexts in relation to participatory music; identifying needs of particular constituent groups and considering ethical imperatives.
Group/team working
Team-work: developing an idea for a participatory music project in collaboration with others
Innovation/creativity
Initiative: developing ideas for a project brief
Leadership
Leadership skills: leading activities and understanding group process
Project management
Time management: setting and achieving goals, working to deadlines
Oral communication
Presentation skills: personal communication and use of technology
Problem solving
Creative problem-solving: responding to the challenges of a set task with limited resources and complex needs
Other
Self-awareness: developing good practice through critical interrogation

Assessment methods

 

Assessment task

Formative or Summative

Length

Weighting within unit (if summative)

Group presentation  (group mark)

Formative and summative

15-minute oral presentation supported by a 1500-word written commentary

40%

Essay

Summative

3000

60%

 

Feedback methods

 

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on group presentation using SALC presentations feedback form

Formative and summative

Written feedback on essay using Turnitin

Formative and summative

One to one oral feedback available by appointment at any time during the course.

Formative

 

Recommended reading

Ledwith, M., & Springett, J., (2010) Participatory Practice. Bristol: The Policy Press.

 

Matarasso, F., (1998) Use or Ornament? The social impact of participation in the arts. [Online] Comedia. Available from http://www.deveron-arts.com/site_media/old-site/wb/media/pdfs/ornamentmatarasso.pdf.

 

Booth, E., (2009) The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Stephenson, M., Adams, M., Tarling,R., (2014) The Art of Engagement. Norwich: Unitas.

 

Ockelford, A. (2008). Music for children and young people with complex needs. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Roderick Hawkins Unit coordinator
Rachel Graham Unit coordinator

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