THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Traditional Music in the Gàidhealtachd (P01933)
The course explores 1) the histories of Scotland's so-called "national" instruments and their relationships to the Highlands, 2) some of the major collections and composers associated with the Highlands, and 3) some of the contemporary developments regarding music in the Highlands, including education. Material will be drawn from the School of Scottish Studies Archives as appropriate. Students will be assigned one piece of key reading each week, and a study visit will take place as part of the course. Students will be introduced to the discipline of ethnomusicology as a means of studying the music of the Highlands.
? Pre-requisites : Students undertaking this course are normally expected to have basic aural skills and at least some knowledge of musical notation. Entry to the MScT Highland Studies.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 1 hour(s) 50 minutes per week for 11 weeks
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have:
- gained increased knowledge of some of the major instruments used for traditional music in the Highlands along with a broad overview of the major collectors and composers common to the area
- gained awareness of some of the contemporary issues impacting on traditional music, e.g. educational policy
- engaged with a range of key texts which deal with the subject of Highland music
- obtained a greater awareness of some of the issues connected to traditional music, e.g. orality and literacy, transmission, and revival
- obtained first-hand acquaintance with selected material in the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive.
An essay of 2,500 words, counting as 100% of the final course mark.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Ms Christine Lennie
Dr Katherine Campbell
School Website : http://www.llc.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/