Module WXM-3222:
Music in the Community

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Guto Puw

Overall aims and purpose

This module will enable a student:

  1. To gain an insight into how music may benefit the well-being of individuals in two contrasting areas of the community.
  2. To relate their own ideas and experience to the two community areas involved, and to make an active contribution through music.
  3. To develop an appropriate sense of personal and social responsibility while working within that context.
  4. To analyse and evaluate the contribution made.
  5. To master new skills relating to written and oral presentation, as appropriate for this level of study.

Course content

The module requires you to plan and undertake two community-based projects or placements, within the Bangor area or elsewhere. It enables you to observe, experience and gain insight into the activities of an identified area of the local community in some way associated with music, and to make an active contribution to the chosen host institution. This may involve working in conjunction with members of staff within that institution, but should involve a considerable degree of independent work which is your own specific responsibility. Students are not normally allowed to undertake School-based projects (e.g. Music Society Orchestra) which already form part of the usual routine.

Examples of community-based projects might be:

• coordinating and performing a series of concerts for a local church, youth club or old people’s home;

• running a series of themed workshops;

• assisting with music provision in a school;

• working with children or adults with a learning disability;

• observing and assisting the work of a figure within the community, such as a music therapist;

• assisting with the work of an Arts Centre, music publishing company or local Music Festival.

The module may (depending on group size) also involve group discussion of various aspects of community music with appropriate guest-speakers. Placement Planning

You will be required to identify the two general areas where you wish to work (e.g. Junior School/Arts Centre) well in advance and submit a proposal for each one. You will normally undertake two distinct placements, one in each semester, though – exceptionally – a student may apply to continue the same placement over the whole year, providing that the responsibilities are sufficiently distinct in each semester.

You are expected to utilize your own existing community contacts (often in your home area) in setting up your two projects. It is rarely possible for the course coordinator to set up a placement on behalf of a student. Projects may be shared by more than one student, but the role of each person within the pair or group must be clearly defined and stated within the proposal.

Assessment Criteria


Work which demonstrates a limited knowledge of the subject, with restricted ability at conceptual thought, little evidence of a truly intellectual approach, but nevertheless expressed in a comprehensible way.


Work which demonstrates a competent grasp of the subject, with good conceptual thought, evidence of intellectual acumen, and expressed clearly and interestingly.


Work which demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study and deeper conceptual thought, with some originality of approach and/or insight, all expressed coherently and convincingly.

Learning outcomes

  1. Surveyed at close range the activities of two independent identified areas of a community in some way associated with music and gained a thorough understanding of them.

  2. Made an active and independent contribution to the two communities concerned.

  3. Developed a profound and critical sense of personal and social responsibility within that community context.

  4. Produced a detailed analysis of the placements, identifying the challenges and overall achievement (both for you and for the community) in each case.

  5. Mastered a range of new skills relating to written and oral presentation, as appropriate for this level of study, and shown that you can use them effectively.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ORAL Presentation 5
REPORT Report 1 45
REPORT Report 2 45
COURSEWORK Project Proposal 5

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Individual Project

The module is timetabled officially in the spring semester, but most students opt to spread the two placements over both semesters, or even to undertake one or both projects during the preceding summer vacation. In addition to your project placements, you will also attend some sessions with the rest of the group (some with outside speakers). You are always welcome to consult the course coordinator at other specified times for advice.

The module as a whole is worth 100 hours, and you are required to spend a minimum of 35 hours on each project (including writing the report). All hours spent on the placement itself (including preparation and planning) must be logged, and a log or diary submitted with the report.

Each placement may consist of a regular weekly visit to the host institution, or several shorter sessions, or one or more intensive blocks (such as two weekends). Projects may also be undertaken in the preceding summer vacation.

You will be required to submit a provisional project proposal to the module coordinator by Week 4 of Semester 1, indicating the aims and objectives of each project and an outline timetable.

Project reports must be submitted in Week 8 and Week 13 of Semester 2. In exceptional circumstances where a project needs to run later than expected (perhaps because you are planning a concert), a short extension for the report may be granted (see below), providing that a satisfactory project plan has been submitted in advance.


1 lecture at the end of the previous academic year

1 meeting (1 hour) at the beginning of the current academic year in Semester 1

11 lectures or guest speakers during Semester 2


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: