Module Overview

Styles 1

In this module musicians will take part in genre-based performance workshops designed to increase knowledge of the sounds and development of the skills associated with different styles of music. This expertise is invaluable for anyone wishing to become a working touring or studio musician. Topics include principal exponents, historical context, instrumentation, harmony, improvisation, aural perception, song structure, and associated techniques as used by the world’s most influential artists.

Module Code

MUSG 1001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Early performance styles, including Blues and Gospel


Performance styles of the 1950s and 60s

Styles covered include electric Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul and R&B

Performance styles of the Seventies to the present day

Classic Rock, Metal genres, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Dance, mainstream Rock, and Indie

Creative part writing

Composition and performance of effective deadline-driven instrumental parts

Stylistic technical development

Extending the range of technical development with respect to the effective performance of different musical styles

This module will be delivered utilising a range of methods including practical workshops and demonstrations, small group work, tutor led discussion, student led discussion and audio-visual resources.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100