MUS3026 : Music in Early Modern England

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


• To develop an understanding of the place of music in early modern England
• To introduce and explore a range of musical repertoires from the period – both sacred and secular, popular and art music, instrumental and vocal
• To place musical practice during the period in its wider social, cultural, political and religious contexts
• To develop research skills for dealing with relevant primary source materials
• To develop an understanding of the scholarly field of early modern studies, and musicological studies and methodologies within this field

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is be split into units of study. Across these units, topics typically covered will include the place of music in early modern thought, attitudes to music and gender, the use of music in court politics, music and the Reformation, the impact of print technology on musical practice and transmission and the music making activities of both professional and amateur musicians in early modern England. Through these topics a range of repertoire will be introduced from court songs, instrumental music and sacred music to popular ballads and metrical psalms. All topics will be introduced through lectures and enriched by close studies of relevant primary sources and current scholarship in the field in the seminars.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0024:00Preparation for seminars or work set after seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery20:150:3015 minute slots
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity43:0012:00Seminar presentation preparation work
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1127:30127:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce overarching topics, themes, music, musicians and sources while seminars allow for more detailed explorations of primary sources and secondary scholarship in small groups. Source-based seminar activities include workshops, discussion and presentations.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A201000 words. Focuses on primary materials to develop the skills required for the final essay.
Essay2A803000 words, research question developed by student and approved by module leader.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essay 1 is set and directed by the module leader to develop primary source research skills and to provide the student with mid-semester feedback. The research question for the final essay is developed by the student and agreed by the module leader. It will give the student the opportunity to focus in detail with a particular aspect of the module, and they will be required to engage directly with primary sources and relevant secondary literature that has been introduced during the module.

Reading Lists