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Miskin Music Assignment Sept/Oct 2013

Assignment Cover Sheet Assignment Reference: Title: Principle Units: Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) Without Words Unit 13- Exploring Musical Improvisation GC1, GC2, GC3 (All Criteria)

Date Set: Timing within Course: Time Span: Submission Deadline:

Friday 13th September 2013 Term 1 3 weeks Performance is on Thursday 3rd October 2013 Tumblr Diary in Monday 1st October 2013 Extensions (to be agreed) 15th October 2013 Debrief Friday AM 4th October 2013 Tutorials Friday 4th & Friday 18th October 2013 As well as working with directors and other company members, independent study is essential. Research is necessary, proof of which will be in your Tumblr diary. Rehearsals and performances will be observed as evidence. Notebooks and correct clothing will be required. Your Tumblr diary will form essential evidence, and this includes blogged entries, director notes, comments and evaluations.

Special Considerations: Resources:

Directors in charge of Assignment: Dave Mackinnon/Antony Cochrane Level 2 Diploma in Music Brief IV’d by Marc Morrison on 8th July 2013 David Mackinnon

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Relevant Departmental Notes: Assessment throughout this course is essentially formative, company members can re-visit criteria to arrive at their final assessment grades. Evidence: This will be in the form of blogs/logs, observed participation, director observation, video recordings and research notes
This project is inextricably linked to all other performances

Grading Criteria: Pass, Merit or Distinction are attainable. English and Maths: This project will include functional skills in English and Maths. Please bear in mind your industry requires eloquent use of English and accurate use of figures, to which end, the continuing development of these skills are firmly embedded inside all your work. Note on copyright and plagiarism: This process will require independent research. Copying from the internet and additional sources is not appropriate and violates copyright and will be classed as plagiarism unless fully annotated and credited. You must make your work your own. We need to see that you have an understanding of the areas that you have researched. Copying work directly from ANY source will not be tolerated. If you quote ANY existing material you must put it in quotation marks and in brackets, attribute the source / author. For example: “Copying is cheating” (Robbie McGovan, 2013, Miskin Theatre)

On completion of this project you should

Be able to respond musically to others Be able to improvise effectively Be able to manipulate and develop musical material spontaneously.

Level 2 Diploma in Music Brief IV’d by Marc Morrison on 8th July 2013

David Mackinnon

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Miskin Music Assignment Sept/Oct 2013

THE BRIEF
As an artist it is important that you are able to look beyond the obvious and fully explore any given stimulus. This process will give you the opportunity to work as part of a Musical ensemble and improvise musical ideas, producing a piece of music using an image selected by the directors as a stimulus. Inspired by this picture, you will produce a slide show and devise a piece of music lasting between four to eight minutes. The piece will be highly visual, however words are not appropriate. The entire company is expected to contribute to the research, devising and development of the final performance. You will take part in a variety of group discussions, blogging and sharing and this will contribute to your functional skills and individual course requirements. Professional Practice: Please be aware that you will be putting professional practice into action within The Miskin Theatre, which is a publicly licensed professional environment in which you are effectively an intern being given the opportunity to publicly test your skills and gain creditable industrial experience.

Level 2 Diploma in Music Brief IV’d by Marc Morrison on 8th July 2013

David Mackinnon

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Miskin Music Assignment Sept/Oct 2013

What you need to do Task 1 (13-GC1)) Evidence- Tumblr, Obs, Video recording In your groups you will write and perform a piece of music that describes a picture given to you at the briefing. You need to arrive at the session with at least one musical idea to show your group. The resulting music will be recorded and documented in your Tumblr diary. After the session we will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the workshop, which also need to be documented on your tumblr site. Task 2 (13-GC2) Evidence- Tumblr, Obs, Video recording After individually finding high-resolution images to represent your groups theme. The group will present their images to each other in order to create the finished slide show to be projected at the performance. It is important that the pictures represent a dynamic journey or narrative that will have a dramatic effect upon the audience. With this in mind we recommend that your piece have at least three sections (beginning, middle and end) Task 3 (13-GC2) Evidence- Tumblr, Obs, Video recording You will take part in several workshops in which the group will use composing/Improvising techniques, working together to produce live music. You will need to include in your tumblr diary details on improving rehearsal strategies, improvements in your ability to perform as a musical ensemble and how to communicate effectively as a group Task 4 (13-GC3) Evidence- Tumblr, Obs, Video recording You will give a performance consisting of the repertoire you have prepared in rehearsal to a live audience lasting between 4 and 8 minutes Write notes throughout rehearsals and submit these on the blogs and your musicians Tumblr diary, ensuring you record detailed peer and director feedback and annotate research. You will be expected to include the following: Daily accounts Detailed weekly evaluations, including your views on your personal development, what you have learnt in workshops and rehearsals Strengths, Weaknesses, Plan of action, Overall Evaluation
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Miskin Music Assignment Sept/Oct 2013

PLEASE NOTE IN THIS UNIT YOU CAN ACHIEVE PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (music) Name:

Project: Without Words Unit Title: Exploring Musical Improvisation (Unit 13) Aim and Purpose: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the concept and realisation of improvisational techniques in music.
Learners will do this by exploring the possibilities when responding to others.

Criteria: All

Initials: DM

IV: MM

Overall Grade Achieved:
To achieve a distinction grade the evidence must show that the actor is able to: D1 improvise in a group,

Date:
Evidence Grade

To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the actor is able to: P1 improvise in a group,

To achieve a merit grade the evidence must show that the actor is able to: M1 improvise in a group,

demonstrating an ability to listen to others and respond musically

demonstrating an ability to listen to others and respond musically with confidence
M2 improvise effectively within

demonstrating an ability to listen to others and respond musically, with some originality
D2 improvise effectively within three

Observation Tumblr Video Observation Tumblr Video Observation Tumblr Video

P2 improvise effectively within

three distinct musical templates
P3 perform spontaneously, from

three distinct musical templates with confidence
M3 perform spontaneously, from

distinct musical templates, with some Creativity
D3 perform spontaneously, from an

an agreed musical idea, to develop and manipulate musical content.

an agreed musical idea, to develop and manipulate musical content with confidence.

agreed musical idea, to develop and manipulate musical content, showing creativity.

Level 2 Diploma in Music Brief IV’d by Marc Morrison on 8th July 2013

David Mackinnon

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Feedback:

Targets:

Date:

Musician:

Director:

Level 2 Diploma in Music Brief IV’d by Marc Morrison on 8th July 2013

David Mackinnon

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