Diss.: Music in the Community
Run by School of Music and Media
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Gwawr Ifan
Overall aims and purpose
The dissertation is an independent piece of writing, for 20 credits of 6000-8000 words on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff and approved by the Board of Examiners. This selection and approval takes place in the Summer term immediately preceding Year 3. The writing should take account of previous relevant research but demonstrate originality of mind in approach and argument. Credit will be given for quality of ideas, clarity and logic of argument, suitability of bibliography, and elegance of presentation.
The dissertation in Music in the Community is an independent piece of writing focusing on some area of music in the community. It may be the only dissertation you are writing, or it may be a second dissertation in a contrasting area to your longer main dissertation. The dissertation in Music in the Community may be a self-contained study focusing on a set topic (such as an aspect of music therapy), or it may involve a practical element, such as market research undertaken on behalf of an Arts Centre or Festival, with a view to producing a series of recommendations on policy. In many cases the project will follow on from skills learned or small-scale projects undertaken during one of the pre-requisite modules (Arts Administration and/or Music in the Community). The topic will be selected by the student in consultation with a member of staff and approved by the Board of Examiners in the normal manner. This selection and approval takes place in the summer term immediately preceding Year 3. The writing should take account of previous and current relevant research but demonstrate originality of mind in approach and argument. Credit will be given for quality of ideas, clarity and logic of argument and presentation, suitability of bibliography, and elegance of presentation.
Work which displays basic, restricted knowledge of the subject, with simple ability at conceptual thought, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair expression
The work should display a sound grasp of the subject, a good level of conceptual thought, awareness of the main issues, with evidence of intellectual acumen and good expression
Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written skills
On completing the module students will be able to demonstrate mature powers of sustained independent enquiry.
On completing the module students will be able to critically analyse some aspect of music in the community, or issues related to it.
On completing the module students will be able to apply research skills in the search for and use of primary and secondary scholarly material.
On completing the module students will be able to demonstrate enhanced communication skills.
Full details are provided in the module handbook.
Full details of the presentation requirements are provided in the module handbook.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Each student will be assigned a supervisor who will arrange supervisions as appropriate amounting to a minimum total duration of 4 hours; these are customarily more frequent at the beginning and end of the period of study. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange supervisions. Students taking only the Dissertation in Music in the Community are also encouraged to attend the group seminars arranged for other dissertation students taking WXM3276 and WXM3277
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)
Resource implications for students
If applicable (in terms of the project), the student will be responsible for - arranging their own DBS check; - travel expenses to/from project location.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/wxm-3275.html
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- W3P3: BA Astudiaethau'r Cyfr & Cherdd year 3 (BA/ACC)
- WW93: BA Creative Studies and Music year 3 (BA/CSTMUS)
- 32N6: BA English Literature and Music year 3 (BA/ELM)
- VW23: BA Hanes Cymru a Cherddoriaeth year 3 (BA/HCAC)
- VW13: BA History and Music year 3 (BA/HMU)
- W3H6: BA Music and Electronic Engineering year 3 (BA/MEE)
- WV33: Music & Hist & Welsh Hist (IE) year 4 (BA/MHIE)
- W303: BA Music (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/MIE)
- PW33: BA Media Studies and Music year 3 (BA/MSMUS)
- RW13: BA Music/French year 4 (BA/MUFR)
- WR32: BA Music/German year 4 (BA/MUGE)
- WR33: BA Music/Italian year 4 (BA/MUIT)
- W300: BA Music year 3 (BA/MUS)
- WW38: BA Music and Creative Writing year 3 (BA/MUSCW)
- WW36: BA Music and Film Studies year 3 (BA/MUSFS)
- WR34: BA Music/Spanish year 4 (BA/MUSP)
- VVW3: BA Philosophy and Religion and Music year 3 (BA/PRM)
- QW53: BA Cymraeg/Music year 3 (BA/WMU)
- W304: BMus Music (with International Experience) year 4 (BMUS/MIE)
- W302: BMUS Music year 3 (BMUS/MUS)