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Module

MUS2088 : Folk Music Studies: Resources and Research Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Ord
  • 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

The aims of this course are:

• To develop students’ knowledge of traditional music in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
• To introduce the historiography of folk and traditional music in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the commonalities and differences between them.
• To develop students’ understanding of the key sources of traditional and folk music in the modern period and their analytical approach to understanding authenticity and performance.
• To develop an overview of the formation of the traditional vocal and instrumental repertoires of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
• To develop students’ bibliographical and discographic skills in relation to traditional music.
• To provide an understanding of how social and technological changes in the modern period have been reflected in the changes in construction of authenticity and meaning in traditional and folk music in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Outline Of Syllabus

This course moves chronologically through the historiography of traditional and folk music in the modern period, with an indicitave list of lectures covering topics such as:

• Key concepts and terminology in the musicology of traditional and folk music.

• Resources available for the study of traditional music and appropriate tools for their investigation.

• Chronological history of traditional musics.

• Roles of orality and literacy in the transmission of traditional music.

• Cultural history of musical instruments and instrumental genres and styles.

• Increased insight into song genres (for example ballads, ceremonial music and love songs) and singing styles

• An improved understanding of how recording technologies and the processes of globalization and digitalization are changing the presentation and reception of traditional music.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion321:0032:00Research for portfolio and essay
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials113:0033:00Online, non-synchronous
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading801:0080:00Readings for seminars/workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Online synchronous workshops in alternative weeks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Drop-in surgery hours in weeks immediately preceding examination period.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online lecture materials introduce key module topics and readings as well as relevant musical collections, texts and resources.

Online seminar/workshops enrich and deepen student comprehension of key concepts and issues in traditional and folk music and significantly enhance teamwork, communication, and critical skills through small group discussions with staff and other students.

Student independent learning for this course, which involves listening, reading and reflecting on key sources and texts, helps to develop and enrich knowledge of the musical traditions and scholarly historiography of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and how these relate to the sociological and musicological understanding of traditional and folk music.

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
Portfolio1A50Portfolio of three short research tasks
Essay2A50Essay of 2500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The investigative portfolio requires students to use ideas, understanding, knowledge and techniques gained through study of the module’s key themes to a particular set of short prescribed assignments, developing their independent research skills. This gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of musical traditions, idioms and techniques through direct reference to recorded examples, archives and reading. The portfolio is marked in the semester 1 assessment period. The first two tasks are 500 word exercises. The third task is an MP3 file of a creative arrangement plus 500 word commentary or alternatively a 1000 word essay.


The final essay of 2500 words tests students knowledge of a particular aspect of folk and traditional music historiography and is marked in the semester 2 assessment period.

Reading Lists

Timetable