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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Musicology (MUSI11051)

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 is designed to introduce students to the main approaches and methodologies practiced by musicologists in the past and up to the present, as well as some of the issues involved in using them. It also develops knowledge of the historical and critical philosophies associated with the variety of approaches to music research. Weekly seminars, led by staff and students, are organised around critical readings of selected musicological texts. Topics covered include historiography, the study of documents and musical institutions, critiquing the canon, the interaction between musicology and performance, and editing.
Course description Topics covered in the course may include:
- Introduction to Musicology
- Musicology and Recording
- Constructing and Critiquing the Canon
- Audio/Visual media
- Documents and the historian
- Musical Institutions
- Musicology and the perfomer
- Music and Politics
- Music Historiography
- Music and Post-colonialism
This course involves developing students┐ knowledge of the historical and critical philosophies associated with a variety of approaches to music research. Classes will normally take place weekly, and will comprise staff- and student-led seminars organised around critical readings of selected musicological texts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 3,000-word essay, worth 50% of total course mark, due in Week 7 of the course.

One 3,000-word essay, worth 50% of total course mark, due at the beginning of Semester 2.
Feedback Formative written feedback will be provided on the first essay. An individual meeting will be arranged with the course organiser or one of the tutors to discuss that feedback and to plan the second essay. Written summative feedback will be provided on the second essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evidence a critical understanding of key concepts, theories and methodologies used in both historical and contemporary musicology.
  2. Address specific issues in musicology through reading, classroom presentations and written assignments.
  3. Exercise a substantial level of initiative and independent thinking as applied to issues and problems in musicology.
  4. Inform their learning in musicology through debate with peers and tutors. This will, in turn, inform their own research and prepare them for dissertation writing.
Reading List
Indicative bibliography:

D. Kern Holoman and Claude Palisca,
Musicology in the 1980s (New York, 1982)
Carl Dahlhaus, Foundations of Music History
(Cambridge, 1983)
James W. Pruett and Thomas P. Stavens,
Research Guide to Musicology (Chicago,
Joseph Kerman Musicology (London, 1985)
Katherine Bergeron and Philip Bohlmann,
Disciplining Music: Musicology and its
canons (Chicago, 1992)
Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist, Rethinking
Music (Oxford, 1999)
Nicholas Cook, Music: A Very Short
Introduction (Oxford, 2000)
Alastair Williams, Constructing Musicology
(Aldershot, 2001)
Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert and Richard
Middleton eds., The Cultural Study of
Music: a Critical Introduction (New York
and London, 2003)
Eric Clarke and Nicholas Cook eds., Empirical
Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects
(Oxford, 2004)
David Beard and Kenneth Gloag, Musicology:
the Key Concepts (London/New York,
Tim Crawford and Lorna Gibson eds.,
Modern Methods for Musicology:
Prospects, Proposals and Realities
(Aldershot, 2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is delivered in weekly two-hour seminars. In week 6 there is no class as this is a reading week.
KeywordsMusicology,historical musicology,canon,musical documents
Course organiserDr Morag Grant
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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