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MUS1019 : Introduction to Musical Analysis (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


- generate insights into the material and workings of Western tonal music, through analytical and theoretical investigation, and associated development of listening skills
- acquire confidence and fluency in basic empirical and analytical technique, including harmonic and tonal analysis, thematic and motivic analysis, and reference to relevant formal archetypes
- develop a knowledge and appreciation of the Western classical repertory through examination of selected individual works.

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Outline Of Syllabus

Analysis consists of looking at and listening to music to deepen our understanding of how it works. In this module we will develop our responses to Western tonal music of the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries, inverstigating in particular how musical processes, such as structural, harmonic and melodic functions, operate in a dynamic rather than a merely static way.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading601:0060:00Seminar and workshop preparation time
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1041:00104:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures deliver relevant models and concepts. Seminars enable students to test these out and discuss issues arising from them. Private study necessary for assimilation of ideas and personal application of them to weekly assignments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M30Portfolio of coursework assignments (selection) set weekly
Written exercise2A70Project of 2500-2800 words or equivalent set at the end of the module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Paper requires analysis of a medium-length piece, applying skills acquired in module. Take-away format allows students access to recordings and keyboard so as to be able to familiarise themselves fully with piece in question. Also allows suifficient time to reflect upon material.

Reading Lists