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Postgraduate Course: Keyboard Organology (MUSI11012)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide a review of historical and contemporary issues in Keyboard Organology, using the resources of the Russell Collection of early keyboard instruments as well as the city of Edinburgh's historical and contemporary organs. Principles of design and manufacture, playing techniques, social background and repertoire will be studied with the help of relevant literature and by studying the instruments themselves.
Course description The historical, technical, social, and musical factors which have shaped instrument design since the Middle Ages are examined in relation to some of the most important developments in the instruments belonging to the main families. Students will look closely at surviving instruments where possible and use the primary and secondary literature to gain an understanding of the invention and evolution of instruments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Relevant undergraduate degree. This does not need to be in Music as other topics (particularly in the science fields) can be equally relevant.
Additional Costs n/a
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two pieces of coursework (3000 word essays) each worth 50% of the total mark.
Feedback Each essay will get detailed written feedback from the markers following submission of the coursework. It is also possible for verbal feedback to be given in addition.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evidence familiarity with the principles of design and manufacture of historical keyboard instruments, as well as the relationship of this to keyboard repertoire and playing techniques. They will have been introduced in some detail to a selection of instruments in the University of Edinburgh's early keyboard collection and will have gained an understanding of their design and historical importance.
  2. Gain an understanding of the different types of early keyboard instruments and how they relate to each other historically, musically, and technically.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of earlier hand-working techniques and how these techniques affect the final output from different workshops.
  4. Gain a thorough understanding of the design approach (pitch, compass etc) found in different instrument-making schools, and how this approach was followed during the construction phase.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Jennifer Nex
Tel: (0131 6)50 3025
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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