Introduction to Music Studies (W3056)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: