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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Musicology (MUSI11051)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 are organised around critical readings of selected musicological texts. Topics covered include historiography, music analysis, critiquing the canon, the cultural history of music, and contemporary approaches in music psychology and sociology.
Course description This course involves developing students' knowledge of the historical and critical philosophies associated with a variety of approaches to music research. Each week is organised around critical reading of selected representative texts; teaching comprises a combination of class discussion and other activities hosted through the Learn virtual learning environment.
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
Not being delivered
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 past and present musicology.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to engage critically with writings in the field of musicology
  3. Identify relevant research fields and approaches for a range of musicological questions.
  4. Effectively communicate knowledge at a professional level both orally and in wrtiting.
Reading List
General bibliography (readings for discussion will be distributed ahead of each class):

David Beard and Kenneth Gloag, Musicology: the key concepts (London/New York: Routledge, 2005).

Katherine Bergeron and Philip Bohlmann (eds.), Disciplining music: Musicology and its canons (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992).

Olivia Bloechl, Melanie Low & Jeffrey Kallberg (eds.), Rethinking difference in music scholarship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Georgina Born & David Hesmondhalgh (eds.), Western music and its others: Difference, representation, and appropriation in music (Berkeley/London: University of California Press, 2000).

Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert and Richard Middleton (eds.), The cultural study of music: A critical introduction (Second edition; New York/Abingdon/London, 2012).

Eric Clarke and Nicholas Cook (eds.), Empirical musicology: Aims, methods, prospects (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist (eds.), Rethinking music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Jane F. Fulcher (ed.), The Oxford handbook of the new cultural history of music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Susan Hallam, Ian Cross & Michael Thaut (eds.), The Oxford handbook of music psychology (Second edition; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Bruno Nettl, The study of ethnomusicology: Thirty-three discussions (Third edition; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015).

John Shepherd and Kyle Devine (eds.), The Routledge reader on the sociology of music (New York/Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).

Sampsel, Laurie J. Music research: A handbook (Second edition; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduates will demonstrate the ability to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline/sector.
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,history of musicology,methodology
Course organiserDr Yvonne Liao
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
Course secretaryMrs Carrie Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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