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MUS8168 : Studies in Western Art Music

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To deepen students’ knowledge of topics and issues related to the study of Western Art Music, broadly conceived
• To develop students’ critical thinking skills
• To expand students’ experience in working with a variety of primary and secondary sources
• To provide a supported environment to enable students to develop original research projects
• To guide students in the production and effective presentation of their work

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will take the form of two 5-week ‘projects’, led by different ICMuS academics, on topics related to their research specialisms. The topics offered will allow students to engage in depth with issues and techniques in the study of western art musics, broadly conceived; they will encourage students to interrogate contemporary and/or historical scholarly approaches and to think critically about western art music as a repertoire, as well as its associated ideas and practices.

Students will work closely with a variety of relevant primary and secondary materials in small-group teaching and independent study. They will go on to develop their own research question related to one or, if appropriate, both projects, through discussion with a supervisor. The projects on offer may include: studies in symphonic analysis; thinking globally about music history; issues in the notation of early music; musical culture and society in Early Modern England; and debates in the philosophy and theory of music.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion381:0038:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading104:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1001:00100:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module requires the bulk of the work to be carried out through independent study. Small-group sessions offer the opportunity for students to share ideas, while supervisions offer guidance, feedback and monitoring of progress.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100An essay of 4,000 words, or an equivalent project, to be devised through discussion with the module leaders.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will submit a written research project of 4,000 words which, in some cases, may include extensive analytical graphs, transcriptions, or other non-textual material. The assessment allows students to develop their research and writing skills in relation to the fields explored during the module.

Reading Lists