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Undergraduate Course: History of Instruments (MUSI10013)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 45 %, Practical Exam 10 %
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%).
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. This course gives an overall knowledge of the history of musical instruments with a particular regard to the instruments of Western art music.
  2. The course will enable to students to use musical instruments as a source of primary information to make informed opinions about musicological problems.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Course URL
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminars in Weeks 1-5 and 7-11 in the Museum of Instruments, St Cecilia's Hall.
Course organiserDr Darryl Martin
Tel: (0131 6)50 2123
Course secretaryMiss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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