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Modules

MUS1096 : The Traditions of These Islands

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To provide an overview of the vocal and instrumental traditions of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
•       To widen the student’s repertoire to include material from areas they might previously have not known
•       To demonstrate the strength of traditional material from all these traditions
•       To introduce students to some of the conventions and disciplines of folk music studies and university undergraduate work

The course provides an overview of the vocal and instrumental traditions of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and seeks to establish a base-line knowledge, with particular reference both to stylistic divergence and the overlap and evolution of repertoire between communities. The module should help students to articulate the differences and common strands found within the traditions of these islands, and to develop their own understanding of what constitutes a “tradition” . It will also provide an introduction to some of the conventions and disciplines of folk music studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module offers a broad-based introduction to the study of musical traditions of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and will focus on:
•       Significant and essential foundation knowledge for folk music studies
•       Technical understanding (for example of modal scales and tune types)
•       The roles of orality and literacy in traditional music
•       Musical instruments and instrumental genres and styles
•       Song genres (for example ballads, ceremonial music and love songs) and singing styles
•       Regionality and diversity in musical traditions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Study skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1158:00158:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of relevant pieces and key texts and ideas, and the fortnightly seminars will focus on topics relevant to portfolio tasks. Much of your learning for this course lies in your private study, which involves listening and reading to build a thorough base - line knowledge of the traditions of these islands and how they sit in relation to the rest of Europe and beyond. Formative and summative study skills tasks are completed by students in conjunction with particular lecture topics (1 formative task prior to summative assessments).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M30Listening test and portfolio of coursework
Essay1A703,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final summative essay will establish the concept of academic engagement with key ideas and the portfolio of coursework allows the student to demonstrate that they are working in an appropriate way, making good notes, doing independent research throughout the semester.

Reading Lists

Timetable