Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Musicology (MUSI11051)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evidence a critical understanding of key concepts, theories and methodologies used in both historical and contemporary musicology.
- Address specific issues in musicology through reading, classroom presentations and written assignments.
- Exercise a substantial level of initiative and independent thinking as applied to issues and problems in musicology.
- 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.
D. Kern Holoman and Claude Palisca,
Musicology in the 1980s (New York, 1982)
Carl Dahlhaus, Foundations of Music History
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
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
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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|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.
|Keywords||Musicology,historical musicology,canon,musical documents
|Course organiser||Dr Morag Grant
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740