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Module

MUS1096 : Traditions of These Islands

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Catriona Macdonald
  • Lecturer: Mr Matt Price, Mrs Sandra Kerr, Mr Alistair Anderson, Ms Emily Portman, Dr Matthew Ord, Ms Kathryn Tickell
  • 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 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

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 materials154:0060:00\\campus\SACS\Admin\1-School-Degree-Programmes\Timetabling\Timetabling_2020_21
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities82:0016:00Asynchronous online academic practice materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops161:0016:00Synchronous weekly online small groups. Timetabled.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Scheduled online tutorial surgeries (2x 30 minute tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1107:00107:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online asynchronous lectures are given by a team of staff members. Weekly synchronous online workshops give students the opportunity to enrich the contents of lectures and to ask the lecturer questions around the previous lecture content. They may have an applied element. 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. Formative and summative study skills tasks are completed by students in conjunction with particular lecture topics (1 formative task prior to summative assessments). 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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Aural Examination902M20Listening test
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A703,000 words
Prof skill assessmnt1A10Ongoing assessment of engagement and professional skills development
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.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable