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Module

MUS2051 : Case Studies in Early Music

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kirsten Gibson
  • Lecturer: Dr Larry Zazzo
  • 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 study of European early music, with an emphasis on music in Britain;
• To extend students’ historical knowledge of music – including composers, genres, institutions, writings about music and the broader contexts in which music was produced and consumed – before 1750;
• To increase awareness of the issues and methodologies involved in the study of early music;
• To provide a platform for the study of specialist historical-cultural options at finalist stage and for those wanting to pursue specialist study dissertations and projects in the field of early music.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is split into two ‘case study’ units typically covering the period from the Renaissance to the mid-eighteenth century. Each unit enables students to engage in depth with discrete musical case studies over this period. The units are not exhaustive, but rather allow for detailed explorations of specific repertoires, historical moments, institutions, sources, musicians or contexts. Collectively they span from the late Renaissance to the mid-eighteenth century and range across a variety of topics and approaches: sacred and secular music; professional and amateur activity; production and consumption; close readings and wider contextual approaches.

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 materials123:0036:00Online lecture material with associated tasks
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Introductory online video/lecture and materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00Synchronous and online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery42:008:00Online tutorial surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1139:00139:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is organized into two case study units, each unit typically consisting of 6 online non-synchronous lectures (and related activities), 4 synchronous workshops and a tutorial surgery. There is one case study per semester, and 8 teaching weeks in each semester. Remaining teaching weeks will be used for assessment prep. Lectures (and associated online activities) introduce overarching topics, themes, music, musicians and sources while workshops allow for more detailed explorations of primary sources and secondary scholarship in small groups (using breakout rooms and group activities). Source-based workshop activities include collaborative work on primary sources, discussion and group presentations. The tutorial surgeries allow students to come and discuss the development of their work prior to submission for each unit of study for formative feedback.

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
Essay1M502000 words
Essay2A502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Each unit culminates in a piece of assessed work relating to the topic. This will usually be in the form of a 2000-word essay, but may also be in the form of a notated transcription task to the equivalent substance of 2000 words. Both assessments will require you to engage with primary source materials – both textual and musical – as well as relevant secondary source research. These essays test your ability to undertake a piece of research based on the topics explored in each unit, 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 an aspect of each of the units in greater depth.

Reading Lists

Timetable