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Postgraduate Course: Organology of Wind and Percussion Instruments (MUSI11028)

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 an introduction to historical and contemporary issues in the organology of wind and percussion instruments, using the resources of the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (EUCHMI).

Aspects studied will include the design, manufacture, playing techniques, repertoire and the social position and background of the instrument makers and customers. The organological literature, iconographic sources and surviving historical musical instruments will be studied and evaluated.
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.

Weekly two-hour tutorials will be held in the Collection galleries at the Reid Concert Hall Museum 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.
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 1
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. Become familiar with the design, manufacture, playing techniques and repertoire oppropriate to the various types of wind and percussion instruments. They will have been introduced to a selection of instruments in the Edinburgh University Collection, and will have gained an understanding of their design and historical importance.
  2. Gain an understanding of the various different types of early instruments of the wind and percussion families and how they relate to each of the family types.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of earlier hand-working techniques and how these techniques affect the final output from different workshops, giving an insight into acceptable variations in seemingly identical objects.
  4. Gain a thorough understanding of the design approach (pitch, range etc) found in different instrument-making schools, and how this approach was followed during the construction phase.
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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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