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Undergraduate Course: Style Studies 2 (MUSI08029)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course embraces the analysis and imitation of a number of historical styles of composition, particularly 16th-century counterpoint, Baroque fugue and early Romantic song and string quartet writing.
Course description While primarily concerned with learning technical skills, creativity in finding appropriate solutions will also be encouraged. Students will be asked to carry out compositional exercises in various styles, using the works of past composers as models. The course builds on and deepens the knowledge and skills imparted in Composition 1. Particular attention will be given to fugal writing and to the chromatic harmony used in the early nineteenth century.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Composition 1 (MUSI08067)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least one semester in Music Theory and one semester in Composition. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A portfolio of two pieces of work (50%); a take-away examination (25%) and a 2-hour degree examination (25%) both held in the December Exam Diet.
Feedback Students will receive formative feedback throughout the semester in weekly tutorials. Weekly exercises are set by the course lecturer, submitted by the student and marked by tutors ahead of tutorials, with suggestions for improvement. They will be discussed, with verbal feedback from both tutor and fellow students, in tutorials.
The lectures will include practice sessions on doing assignments.
Summative feedback will be given on submitted portfolios.
Students will also be provided with the opportunity to view examination scripts in a specially-arranged session.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Style Studies 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Style Studies 22:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Engage with a variety of musical styles through technical exercises and projects
  2. Have acquired the technical skills necessary to reproduce a number of past musical styles, particularly those of Palestrina, J.S. Bach, Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn.
  3. Have developed an understanding of the relationship between words and music in the compositions of Palestrina and of early Romantic song writers.
  4. Have analysed and understood the compositional processes involved in Baroque Fugues.
Reading List
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Weekly seminars and tutorials in Weeks 1-5 and 7-11.
Project in Week 6 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00 - 13.00.
KeywordsMusic Composition Harmony Counterpoint Style Studies
Course organiserDr James Cook
Tel: (0131 6)50 2432
Course secretaryMiss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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