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Undergraduate Course: Traditional Music - The Historical Dimension (SCET10023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 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
SummaryThe course falls into two sections. The first focuses on Scotland's "national" instruments and their place in Scotland's musical life up to the turn of the twentieth century, and the second on major composers and collections of traditional music, highlighting selected pieces of repertoire. The place of traditional music in society is emphasised. Students will be assigned one piece of key reading each week, and a study visit will take place as part of the course. Students will be introduced to the discipline of ethnomusicology as a means of studying traditional music. European parallels will be drawn as appropriate.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have a background within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of some the major instruments used for traditional music in Scotland in a historical context and of their place in society;
  2. demonstrate a solid grasp of some of the major collectors and composers of Scottish traditional music up to the turn of the twentieth century;
  3. demonstrate familiarity with a range of key texts which deal with the subject of traditional music;
  4. show awareness of some of the issues connected to traditional music in a historical context, e.g. orality and literacy, transmission, patronage;
  5. show competence in transferable skills, e.g. critical evaluation of source material, independent reading, coherent and clearly structured writing, oral presentation, group discussion, time management.
Reading List
Beech, John et al. (eds) Scottish Life and Society: Oral Literature and Performance Culture (A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, vol. 10). Edinburgh: John Donald in association with the European Ethnological Research Centre, 2007.
[See Part Two: Song and Music]

Collinson, Francis The Traditional and National Music of Scotland. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1966/1970.

Nettl, Bruno The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-One Issues and Concepts. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005.
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Course organiserMs Lucy MacRae
Tel: (0131 6)50 3057
Course secretaryMs Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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