Undergraduate Course: History of Instruments (MUSI10013)
|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||The main families of wind, string and keyboard instruments are discussed in detail. Aspects studied include the design, playing techniques, social background and use of different instruments. There is an emphasis on relating instrument models to their repertoire.
The course looks at different types of musical instrument, examining their history and their roles within musical culture. It will look at how the objects developed as different demands were required by composers, and how technical issues were overcome. It will also address whether instruments have necessarily 'improved' by these changes, or just been altered so that - in at least some cases - the instruments are almost totally re-invented by their various changes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Music courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 3000 word essay (45%).
Presentations (10%) to be scheduled by Course Organiser.
One 2 hour degree examination in the May examination diet (45%).
||All students will receive detailed feedback for the 3000 word essay (within 15 working days of the submission date) and further feedback for the presentation.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- This course gives an overall knowledge of the history of musical instruments with a particular regard to the instruments of Western art music.
- The course will enable to students to use musical instruments as a source of primary information to make informed opinions about musicological problems.
|The most up-to-date publications concerning the instruments as a whole is the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (1984 edition), (Macmillan, London). |
In most instances the bibliography for each instrument will provide ample further reading. The student is also advised to look at the Galpin Society Journal for more recent articles on specific instruments.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Seminars in Weeks 1-5 and 7-11 in the Museum of Instruments, St Cecilia's Hall.
|Course organiser||Dr Darryl Martin
Tel: (0131 6)50 2123
|Course secretary||Miss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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