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Music 2: History and Contexts

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Music 2: History and Contexts provides an opportunity to explore a broad range of topics in
a non-linear study of music history. This is a student negotiated course, meaning that
students can choose their own research areas from a range of topics in consultation with
their tutor. Part 1 of the course builds research skills through a range of practical tasks, and
Part 2 prepares students for the historical musicology pathway for Level 6 Body of Work,
including looking at historical approaches to notation and preparing modern editions of
manuscripts. The remaining parts of the course are organised into broad topic areas, and
include Ethnomusicology, Music and Society and Contemporary Music Studies. Currently in
preparation, and being written by Carla Rees and Gavin Wayte, we hope this course will be
ready for enrolments by early 2019.

Designed as an extension of Music 1: From Present to Past, this Unit provides students with the opportunity to explore specific aspects of music from the Renaissance to the present day through a negotiated programme of research. The five essay-based assignments will develop research skills which will support practical work (such as exploring compositional manuscripts) as well as preparing for the dissertation at Level 6.

This unit (or Instruments and Repertoire 2) is a requirement for students planning to undertake their Major Project in Preparing an Edition at Level 6.

Aims

The course aims to help you:

  • A1 develop research skills through the exploration of different aspects of music from the Renaissance to the present day
  • A2 develop independent learning through a negotiated programme of study
  • A3 develop an ability to organise, implement, evaluate and reflect critically on individual work
  • A4 gain an awareness the wider context of music through its place in society and the study of individual practitioners

Outcomes

On successful completion of the course you will:

  • LO1 use research skills such as referencing, bibliographies and iconography to explore a broad range of musical topics (A1)
  • LO2 demonstrate knowledge of aspects of music through a negotiated portfolio of written work (A2)
  • LO3 reflect on your learning process from planning and research through to the communication of the concepts you have chosen to explore (A3)
  • LO4 understand the context of music through its place in society and the study of individual practitioners (A4)

Course content

  • Research skills – iconography, accessing manuscripts, developing bibliographies and referencing
  • Possible areas for research include:
  • music and society
  • the development of musical forms (eg Symphony, Sonata etc.) or styles
  • the history of the orchestra
  • biography – the study of individual composers or performers
  • the development of notation
  • the history of recording
  • the history of Opera

Course sample

Coming Soon

This unit will be removed as an elective unit from the BA Hons Creative Arts degree pathway from 28 February 2019

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