Introduction to Music Studies

Module code: W3056
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Introduction to Music Studies relates repertoires and areas of study in music to compositions and performances across many styles and periods, connecting contemporary insights with historical studies. You will discover and develop a command of issues in contemporary musicology. You will also learn to evaluate and compare sources and texts. Many questions relevant to musicians working today are opened up and debated during our seminars. You will be taught how to interpret and connect examples of music ranging from the 12th century to today. You will demonstrate your command of the ideas and techniques inscribed in these examples through practical exercises and an essay.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of essential features of western and non-western musical practices to inform critical perspectives on music.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of approaches to the analysis of music.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of historiographical and contextual approaches to the study of music.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate texts (including musical scores).