MUS1012 : Understanding Music History

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kirsten Gibson
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To provide an introduction to the academic study of music at UG level;
•       To extend students’ historical knowledge of music;
•       To increase awareness of the issues and methodologies involved in the study of music history;
•       To provide a platform for the study of historical-cultural options later in the UG degree programmes.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will introduce you to the challenges of studying music(s) from the past. You will be introduced to a range of scholarly approaches to music(s) of the past and a range of ideological, epistemological and political orientations in the writing of music histories. This introduction to historical method (sometimes called historiography) will be grounded by looking at a number of specific case studies. In the past, these have included chant and liturgy in pre-modern Europe, music in late Renaissance Italy; music, society and print culture in late Elizabethan England; the rise of the audience in eighteenth-century London; the Enlightenment; Romanticism and nineteenth-century European art; Austro-German Opera at the Long Fin de Siecle; and folk song collecting in the early twentieth century.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:00Guided listening,screenings and opportunity for follow up discussions.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study172:0072:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are given by a team of staff members; each lecture introduces a new area of study (repertory/context/ methodology). Formative study skills tasks are completed by students in conjunction with particular lecture topics: two formative tasks

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50Unseen exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M501,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests how well you have assimilated aspects of the course material, and your ability to communicate this concisely. You will answer two exam questions, which are based on topics introduced during the lectures. The essay tests your ability to undertake a short piece of research based on one of the topics presented in the lectures, and to prepare a piece of written work over the course of several weeks. It gives you the opportunity to do further reading and to explore one of the topics in greater depth. There should be no duplication between the topics you cover in the exam paper and in your essay.

Reading Lists

Timetable

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