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Undergraduate Course: Screen Music History: texts and contexts (MUSI10099)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents will be introduced to a series of audiovisual texts (such as films, television shows, music videos), as case studies. The music for these texts will be examined in terms of its relationship with the components of sound, image and narrative and in the context of wider social, technological and economic developments.
Course description This course seeks to introduce students to the key concepts and historical issues that these texts (whether films, television series, music videos) raise via in-depth study. The focus might be on the musical (and other sonic) practices heard during the so-called "silent era" of film history, for example, or the period of transition to synchronized sound in European cinemas, Chinese cinema of the twenty-first century, or contemporary television serials. In all cases, the conceptual framework will be the same: an introduction to audiovisual texts understood in relation to the particular social, technological and economic situation(s) - thus, via a particular historical, and geographical lens; an introduction to relevant subject-specific theories and concepts through which our understanding of these texts may be deepened, such as theories of national identity and/or of race and ethnicity, or of gender and sexuality; the development of critical skills in audiovisual analysis. Where feasible students will be introduced to primary (document) sources.

The course is organised around a weekly seminar and screening. The focus for 2021-22 is on the "silent era".
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Understanding Music History 1: Critical Approaches to Art Music in Europe, c800-1800 (MUSI08084) OR Understanding Music History 2: The Idea of Western Art Music from Romanticism to the Late Twentieth Century (MUSI08082)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have reached Grade V Theory (or equivalent), i.e. have a reasonable level of understanding of functional harmony. Students from outwith the Reid School of Music's Degree Programmes should contact the Course Organiser before applying.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents from outwith the Reid School of Music's Degree Programmes should contact the Course Organiser before applying, as students will be expected to have a knowledge of music theory at least up to an equivalent of ABRSM Grade V Theory.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course
  2. demonstrate an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship
  3. discuss and analyse the use of music in films in a critically-informed manner
  4. understand, evaluate and utilise relevant primary source material
  5. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form utilising relevant evidence
Reading List
Robert C. Allen, Douglas Gomery (1985) *Film History: theory and practice*. New York: Knopf.
James Buhler, David Neumeyer and Rob Deemer (2016) *Hearing the Movies: music and sound in film history*. New York: Oxford University Press.
Michel Chion (1994) *Audiovision: Sound on Screen*. New York: Columbia University Press.
William Guynn, ed. (2010) *The Routledge Companion to Film History*. New York: Routledge.
Julie Hubbert (2011) *Celluloid Symphonies: texts and contexts in film music history*. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices, and thinking in a subject area. (Generic Cognitive Skills, level 10); Communicate using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences, with different levels of knowledge or expertise (Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills, level 10).
Keywordsfilm music,music for screen,history
Course organiserDr Annette Davison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2426
Course secretaryMr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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