Module Catalogue 2021/22

MUS1096 : Traditions of These Islands

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Catriona Macdonald
  • Lecturer: Mr Alistair Anderson, Ms Nancy Kerr Elliott, Dr Matthew Ord, Ms Kathryn Tickell, Mr Matt Price, Mrs Sandra Kerr, Mr Niles Krieger
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

None

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

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 ornamentation 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

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students will have knowledge of all the vocal and instrumental traditions of these islands with particular reference both to stylistic divergence and the overlap and evolution of repertoire between communities.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to articulate the features which define common strands found within the traditions of these islands and those elements which make traditions distinct.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture132:0026:00Present in Person Lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials20:301:00Bookable online Essay tutorial surgeries (2x 30 minute tutorials)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials73:0021:00Asynchronous lecture materials, in conjunction with PiP seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:007:00Present in Person or online small group seminars.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1145:00145:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A mixture of Present in Person and Online asynchronous lectures are given by a team of staff members. Present in Person or synchronous online seminar given in conjunction with asynchronous lecture materials give students the opportunity to enrich the contents of lectures and to ask the lecturer questions around the previous lecture content. The seminars may also have an applied element such as tune and song learning, dancing. 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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Aural Examination901A30Listening test
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A703,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final summative essay will establish the concept of academic engagement with key ideas and the listening test will engage the student with stylistic elements contained within regional styles within the aural tradition.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

The assessment has changed slightly due to APMS (Study skills) coming out of all stage 1 H&C modules e.g.MUS1012, 1014. Therefore the Listening Test element has a new weighting of 30% instead of 20%.

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.