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Module

MUS1012 : Understanding Music History

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kirsten Gibson
  • Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Southey, Dr Larry Zazzo, Professor Magnus Williamson, Mr Eric Doughney, Dr Richard Elliott, Dr Christopher Tarrant, Dr Julia Partington, Dr Paul Attinello
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

• To provide an introduction to the academic study of music at UG level;
• To extend students’ knowledge of European music histories;
• To increase awareness of the issues and methodologies involved in the study of music history;
• To provide a platform for the study of historical-cultural options later in the UG degree programmes.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will introduce you to the challenges of studying music(s) from the past. You will be introduced to a range of scholarly approaches to European music(s) of the past. This introduction to historical method (sometimes called historiography) will be grounded by looking at a number of specific case studies. In the past, these have included chant and liturgy in pre-modern Europe, music in late Renaissance Italy; music in early modern England; the rise of the audience in the eighteenth -century London; the Enlightenment; Romanticism and nineteenth-century European art music; Austro-German Opera at the Long Fin de Siecle; popular music in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the invention of phonography and its reach beyond the European context and twentieth-century modernism and postmodernism.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials154:0060:00Non-synchronous online lecture materials
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities82:0016:00Asynchronous online academic practice materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops161:0016:00Synchronous weekly online small groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Scheduled online tutorial surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1104:00104:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online asynchronous lectures are given by a team of staff members; each lecture topic introduces a new area of study (repertory/context/methodology). Weekly synchronous online workshops give students the opportunity to enrich the contents of lectures and to ask the lecturer questions around the topic. The workshops include primary source work, seminar discussions and Q&As. Academic skills activities provide online materials and activities in semester 1 to develop students’ academic practice for music studies. These skills are tested in the summative assessments

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A601000 word
Essay1A302500 words
Prof skill assessmnt2A10Ongoing assessment of engagement and professional skills development
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The professional skills development component tests your engagement with the Academic Practice for Music Studies online materials alongside engagement with course materials across the module.

Essay 1 tests your ability to produce a piece of written work dealing directly with primary sources and incorporating some additional self-directed research.

Essay 2 tests your ability to undertake a piece of research based on one of the topics presented in the lectures, and to prepare a piece of written work over the course of several weeks. It gives you the opportunity to do further reading and to explore one of the topics in greater depth.

Reading Lists

Timetable