Undergraduate Course: Music and Human Communication (MUSI10067)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||How valuable is music for human communication? Given that words and speech can provide such a rich and specific mode of human interaction, what is music=s role? In some cases where social acts of communication prove to be very difficult (e.g. autism, behavioural problems, dyslexia), the work of music therapists and community music practitioners appears to alleviate difficulties. What makes music special?
By focusing on musical action and performance - studying music as something that people do - this course introduces students to aspects of the relationship between music and human communication. During the course, students consider such questions as: What are the materials of musical communication? How can we examine the relationship between music and language? Does music have a social, communicative function?
Ethnomusicology, music psychology and social interaction research have all contributed to the study of music and human communication. Reading material for the course includes contributions to the topic from these various disciplines, offering an introduction to the application of social science methods in music research.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting Student pre-requisites: Open to Music students who have taken prior courses with a humanities or social science approach (focus on writing, not practical). Open to students with a social sciences background by permission
of Course Organiser.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| - Skills for interdisciplinary study - critical reading, reflection and synthesis.
- Knowledge of key contributions to the study of music and language from ethnomusicology.
- Knowledge of key contributions to the study of music and communication from the field of music psychology.
- Familiarity with specific cases of communicative disorder where music appears to be an effective intervention.
- Students with Music in the Community experience will gain theoretical grounding for their applied practice.
1. Course Reader (available in first class)
2. Miell, D. E., MacDonald, R., & Hargreaves, D. J. (Eds.). (2005). Musical Communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Skills in critical reading, reflection and synthesis.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Lectures in weeks 1-5 and 7-11.
|Course organiser||Dr Nikki Moran
Tel: (0131 6)50 2423
|Course secretary||Mr Brad Herbert
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422