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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Scottish Ethnology

Postgraduate Course: Traditional Music - Topics and Issues (SCET11027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary This course looks at traditional music from a 'topics and issues' perspective. It will be research-based, having class discussion and the interests of students at its heart. Students will be expected to complete reading in preparation for each class (with the exception of week 1). Recordings from the School of Scottish Studies Archives will be emphasised and will complement discussion topics. Both historical and contemporary aspects of the tradition will be examined. Fieldwork will be stressed throughout and will be encouraged in terms of the students' essay submissions.
Course description The syllabus will take account of traditional music holdings in the School of Scottish Studies Archives and will concentrate on undertaking fieldwork within the Scottish context. Concepts to be covered include music and community, transmission, repertoire, change and stability, style and musical transcription.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
The ability to engage in high-level discussion within the class
The ability to critically examine secondary sources
Engagement with current research issues within the field
Knowledge of fieldwork and archiving practices and procedures.
Reading List
Theory and methods
G. Barz and T. Cooley (eds), Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (OUP 1997).
J. Blacking, How Musical is Man? (University of Washington Press 1973).
P. Bohlman, The Study of Folk Music in the Modern World (Indiana University Press 1988).
H. Myers (ed.), Ethnomusicology: An Introduction (Norton 1992).
B. Nettl, The Study of Ethnomusicology (University of Illinois Press 1983/2005).
Regional and Analytical Studies
M. A. Alburger and I. Russell (eds) Play it Like it Is (University of Aberdeen 2006).
J. Beech et al. (eds) Scottish Life and Society: Oral Literature and Performance Culture (A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, vol. 10) (John Donald 2007).
P. Cooke, The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles (Cambridge UP 1986).
J. Dickson, When Piping Was Strong (John Donald 2006).
J. Ling, A History of European Folk Music (University of Rochester Press 1997).
G. W. Lockhart, Fiddles and Folk (Luath 1998).
N. MacKinnon, The British Folk Scene: Musical Performance and Social Identity (Open University Press 1994).
A. Munro, The Democratic Muse: Folk Music Revival in Scotland (Scottish Cultural Press 1996).
H. Myers (ed.), Ethnomusicology: Historical and Regional Studies (Macmillan 1993).
B. Nettl, Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents (Prentice-Hall 1965/1973).
J. Purser, Scotland┐s Music (Mainstream 1992).

Related Ethnomusicological Studies
R. Finnegan, The Hidden Musicians: Music-Making in an English Town (Cambridge University Press 1986).
J. C. Post, Ethnomusicology: A Guide to Research (Routledge, 2003).
K. K. Shelemay, Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World (W.W. Norton 2006).
M. Stokes (ed.), Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place (Berg 1994).
M. Stokes and P. Bohlman (eds), Celtic Modern: Music at the Global Fringe (Scarecrow Press 2003).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Katherine Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3057
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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