Module Overview

Composition and Analysis

This is an elective module aimed at students with a strong aptitude for music theory that wish to deepen their understanding of advanced theory concepts, and further develop their composition and arrangement skills through song analysis and practical application.

This module will consolidate, and develop on, the concepts covered in the BA3 module DN/MM701 ‘Advanced Music Theory and Arrangement’ in a project-based environment, through their application on DAWs and notational software, using sample libraries and industry standard notatio

Module Code

MUSG 4012

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Analysis of harmony, melody, rhythm, timbre and structure in popular music


Advanced reharmonisation techniques


Tonal, mixed modal, polytonal and atonal compositional techniques


Using DAWs and notational software as compositional tools


Creating mock-ups using sample libraries and DAWs


Application of notational conforms, articulations, dynamics and other aspects of notation necessary to articulate performance instructions to musicians


This module will be delivered using a range of methods including formal lectures with audio/visual support, small group work, coursework, in class exercises, tutor demonstration, e-learning through the BIMM VLE and independent study and research.

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