Music

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Learn more about the modules study abroad students can take at the School of Music.

Module codeMU1107
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

(Note that this module is a prerequisite for MU1208 Composition 1B, which is required for the study of composition and studio techniques in following years. It (or MU1125 Elements of Tonal Music II) is also a prerequisite for MU3164 20th-Century Contrapuntal Practice)

This module is designed to introduce and employ a fundamental set of compositional tools (techniques, materials, structures and skills) to allow students to establish a confident basic compositional technique.

It also aims to

  • encourage musical creativity and imagination;

  • introduce and develop key compositional techniques and skills;

  • teach students how to notate ideas effectively and correctly;

  • introduce students to a number of important early 20th-century composers, their musical languages, techniques and styles;

  • introduce students to a range of instruments and their technical capabilities;

  • encourage a habit of active, analytical listening.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 20%
  • Written assessment: 30%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeMU1124
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

(Note that this module is a prerequisite for all ethnomusicology modules in following years)

This module offers an introduction to ethnomusicology through regional and thematic studies of music as a unique expression of the human condition. Students will study examples of music-making from an anthropological perspective and will examine the development of ethnomusicology in Europe and North America.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Examination - autumn semester: 60%
Module codeMU1208
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

(MU1107 Composition 1A is a pre-requisite for this module. Note that this module is a prerequisite for the study of studio techniques and composition modules in following years)

This module is designed to further develop and extend the set of compositional tools (techniques, materials, structures and skills) introduced in MU1107 Composition 1a to enable young composers to express themselves effectively in small-scale works for 2–3 players.

It also aims to

  • encourage musical creativity and imagination;

  • develop notational skills further, with greater focus on using notation software correctly and neatly;

  • further enhance and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of early 20th-century composers, their musical language, techniques and style;

  • introduce students to more instruments and their technical capabilities;

  • continue to encourage a habit of active, analytical listening.

Assessment

  • Portfolio: 25%
  • Portfolio: 25%
  • Portfolio: 50%
Module codeMU1217
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module is designed for musicians to give insight into the physical processes involved in the production of sound from musical instruments, the acoustical environment of music making and our physiological and psychological response to musical sounds.

It aims to

  • introduce concepts relating to the production, transmission and reception of musical sounds;

  • provide an objective basis for the understanding of pitch, loudness and timbre of musical sounds and of musical scales and harmony;

  • demonstrate the mechanical and acoustical principles involved in sound production in the various families of orchestral instruments and in the human voice;

  • provide an opportunity to undertake some practical laboratory work.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Written assessment: 40%
Module codeMU1226
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module provides a survey of popular music of the twentieth century, It covers many of the genres of Anglo-American popular music including blues, ‘roots’ country, rock ’n’ roll, 1960s folk, British ‘beat’, psychedelia, progressive rock, punk, new wave, rap and Britpop. In all instances the music is contextualized in its broader social and political contexts.

It aims

  • to foster an appreciation of the current scholarly and musical debates involved in the historical study of music, and in particular Anglo-American popular music of the twentieth century;
  • to explore in detail the music and the historical and cultural contexts appropriate to the topic;
  • to enhance the student experience of learning based on research-led teaching.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
Module codeMU1230
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

A study of the way in which a play is adapted to the musical and theatrical conventions of the genres of opera and musical theatre to create effective dramaturgy. The module focuses on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and its adaptations Roméo et Juliette (Charles Gounod, 1867) and West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein, 1957). Thus the individual historical and aesthetic contexts for the creation of these two works also come under study.

The module aims to

  • foster an appreciation of the current scholarly and musical debates involved in the historical study of music;
  • explore in detail the music and the historical and cultural contexts appropriate to the topic;
  • enhance the student experience of learning based on research-led teaching.

Assessment

  • Presentation: 20%
  • Written assessment: 20%
  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
Module codeMU2114
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

(Note that MU1227 The Full Works is a pre-requisite for this module)

This module aims

  • to introduce students to the main principles of harmonic grammar, syntax and style in the music of the classical and romantic periods as exemplified in the works of four core composers – Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Wagner;
  • to encourage confidence in the analysis of harmonic progressions in the works of the four core composers;
  • to develop idiomatic skills in writing for piano and voice.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Written assessment: 60%
Module codeMU2152
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

(Note that this module OR MU2157 (OR MU2257) is a prerequisite for students wishing to undertake MU3343 Project in Music Analysis in their final year)

This module provides an introduction to elementary techniques of analysing a range of 20th-century music, from Stravinsky and Webern to Pärt and Reich. In particular it aims to

  • introduce analytical approaches to twentieth-century music through case studies of specific works;
  • equip students to undertake their own analyses of twentieth-century music using appropriate methodology;
  • foster the students’ ability to represent and argue their findings coherently, through score annotation, graphic representation, oral presentation, prose writing or a combination of these methods;
  • encourage the critical evaluation of analytical approaches and their success in capturing the heard experience of the music.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 100%
Module codeMU2157
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

(BMus students must take this module OR MU2356 Music Sounded Out.  Note that this module OR MU2152 Analysing 20th-Century Music OR MU2257 Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis [rested in 2015-2016] is a prerequisite for students wishing to undertake MU3343 Project in Music Analysis in their final year)

This module aims

  • to familiarise students with standard musical forms and their functional components in tonal repertoire of the common-practice period (c1700–1830);

  • to examine the transformation, expansion and ‘deformation’ of those types and models during the 19th and 20th centuries;

  • to equip students to undertake their own analyses of music from this period using appropriate methodology;

  • to foster the students’ ability to represent clearly and substantiate convincingly an analytical reading of a piece of music, using score annotation, graphic representation, prose writing or a combination of these methods.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 60%
  • Written assessment: 20%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeMU2161
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module offers a detailed study of the instruments of the orchestra, including their sounds, ranges and typical combinations. It aims to

  • introduce students to the families and individual instruments of the symphony orchestra;

  • familiarise students with the sounds, colours, registers and possible combinations of instruments in an orchestral context;

  • study Classical and early Romantic stylistic features such as the difference in approach to writing for natural and valved brass;

  • encourage the presentation of performance-standard scores in a clear and coherent way.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Examination - autumn semester: 60%
Module codeMU2164
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

While most musicians see music as their ‘business’ in the broadest sense, still the ‘music business’ can seem alienating and remote.  This module and its successor (The Business of Music II) seek to bridge that gap in terms of your knowledge and experience, providing first a historical overview of various aspects of the music profession and then (in the Spring semester) the opportunity to complete and report on a short placement, offering you first-hand knowledge and experience of a professional area of your choice and enhancing your employability in the process.  The Spring module integrates the Careers in Music talks (open to all students) as a mandatory element, while the final essay assignment encourages you to evaluate your experience in terms of historical and contextual knowledge gained in the Autumn semester.

Students are required to enrol initially on both this module and The Business of Music II.  Progression to the latter is conditional on having a placement confirmed (and with relevant paperwork completed) by the December deadline.      

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 100%
Module codeMU2165
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Class test: 60%
Module codeMU2180
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module aims to

  • enable students to develop appropriate techniques in order to compose to a high standard at an intermediate level;
  • encourage musical creativity and imagination;
  • develop a technical and contextual understanding of a number of compositional procedures;
  • familiarise students with the compositional possibilities of instruments and ensembles;
  • develop and improve notational skills for conventional and unconventional musical ideas;
  • encourage a habit of active listening in students.

Assessment

  • Oral/aural assessment: 50%
  • Oral/aural assessment: 50%
Module codeMU2224
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

(MU1125 Elements of Tonal Music II is a pre-requisite for this module. Note that this module is a pre-requisite for MU3330 Fugue)

This module introduces students to the more advanced procedures in counterpoint, according to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century common practice. The course will enable students to derive elaborate counterpoint from simple harmony (and vice versa) and to use the techniques discussed creatively in specific musical contexts.

Assessment

  • Portfolio: 100%
Module codeMU2271
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

(MU1124 Ethnomusicology I is a pre-requisite for this module. Note that this module is a pre-requisite for MU3346 Project in Ethnomusicology)

This module aims to

  • introduce students to unfamiliar musics, studying in depth a number of musical traditions in Africa, the African diaspora, and the Celtic World and Mediterranean worlds, in cross-cultural perspective;

  • train students to watch and listen critically to diverse traditions and to develop a vocabulary of ethnomusicological terms for understanding music in their cultural contexts;

  • instruct students in the analytical techniques employed by ethnomusicologists including musical and linguistic transcription and ethnographic analysis;

  • introduce students to the theoretical concepts and language that non-Western musicians apply to their own traditions.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
Module codeMU2274
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

(Note that you cannot also take MU2277)

This module provides an introduction to the study of music and sound in film. While we will be following a roughly chronological trajectory (spanning from early film to contemporary cinema), the emphasis will be on key ‘issues’. Individual films and genres will serve to bring into focus broader themes in the study of film sound, such as: the narrative function (and place) of music in film; the cinematic appropriation of pre-existing classical music; the synergies between popular music and the film industries; the growing role of sound design in contemporary cinema; the role of listening in cinematic spectatorship.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 0%
  • Examination - spring semester: 100%
Module codeMU2275
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

Thinking about genre and form in oral and recorded music poses particular challenges.  The music may lack a detailed notated representation (such as a score) or indeed any notated representation at all.  While it might originate in a genre with clear sociocultural origins, it might also display features of other genres and hence a kind of hybrid identity.  And while the music might appear to strongly invite a particular interpretation, such meanings are often culturally contingent and hence contestable.  Even recordings themselves can be viewed as anything from transient historical documents to carefully crafted (and perhaps commercially targeted) sonic products.

 

This module will help you develop the formal and critical concepts and vocabulary useful to the study of popular music and other oral traditions.  It aims, in particular,

  • To familiarize students with a selection of genres from the popular and world music traditions
  • To develop style awareness through specific case studies
  • To foster the critical evaluation of music through attentive listening to recordings and to develop confidence in articulating views of that music both orally and in writing. 

 

This module is designed to complement existing modules in popular music and ethnomusicology.  It will be ideal preparation for anyone wishing to pursue a final-year project (Ethnomusicology, Analysis or Dissertation) on music outside the Western Classical tradition.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 0%
  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Written assessment: 60%
Module codeMU2276
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10
  • provide instruction in instrumental/vocal performance and enable students to develop the practical study of their chosen instrument or voice (through regular lessons) to a performance standard appropriate for a second-year closed recital;
  • cultivate in students the ability to demonstrate in performance (vocal or instrumental) both proficiency of technique and an understanding of musical style and interpretation appropriate to his/her instrument or voice

Assessment

  • Practical-based assessment: 100%
Module codeMU2280
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module aims to

  • enable students to develop appropriate techniques in order to compose to a high standard at an intermediate level;
  • encourage musical creativity and imagination;
  • develop a technical and contextual understanding of a number of compositional procedures;
  • familiarise students with the compositional possibilities of instruments and ensembles;
  • develop and improve notational skills for conventional and unconventional musical ideas;
  • encourage a habit of active listening in students.

Assessment

  • Oral/aural assessment: 50%
  • Oral/aural assessment: 50%
Module codeMU2320
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module aims to

  • enable students to develop appropriate techniques in order to compose to a high standard at an intermediate level;
  • encourage musical creativity and imagination;
  • develop a technical and contextual understanding of a number of compositional procedures;
  • familiarise students with the compositional possibilities of instruments and ensembles;
  • develop and improve notational skills for conventional and unconventional musical ideas;
  • encourage a habit of active listening in students.

Assessment

  • Portfolio: 25%
  • Portfolio: 25%
  • Portfolio: 25%
  • Portfolio: 25%
Module codeMU2356
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

(BMus students must take this module or MU2157 Formal Functions in the Classical Tradition)

Thinking about genre and form in oral and recorded music poses particular challenges.  The music may lack a detailed notated representation (such as a score) or indeed any notated representation at all.  While it might originate in a genre with clear sociocultural origins, it might also display features of other genres and hence a kind of hybrid identity.  And while the music might appear to strongly invite a particular interpretation, such meanings are often culturally contingent and hence contestable.  Even recordings themselves can be viewed as anything from transient historical documents to carefully crafted (and perhaps commercially targeted) sonic products.

This module will help you develop the formal and critical concepts and vocabulary useful to the study of popular music and other oral traditions.  It aims, in particular:

  • To familiarize students with a selection of genres from the popular and world music traditions;

  • To develop style awareness through specific case studies;

  • To foster the critical evaluation of music through attentive listening to recordings and to develop confidence in articulating views of that music both orally and in writing. 

This module is core for BMus students and is designed to complement existing modules in jazz, popular music and ethnomusicology.  It will be ideal preparation for anyone wishing to pursue a final-year project (Ethnomusicology, Analysis or Dissertation) on music outside the Western Classical tradition. 

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
Module codeMU3149
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

(Note that you cannot also take MU3165)

This module aims to

  • introduce students to a range of styles and practices in music and the other arts between 1890 and 1920;
  • explore the work of, among others, Debussy, Bartók, Mahler, Strauss, Schoenberg and Stravinsky;
  • consider modernism as a dialectic between an extension of Romantic ideals and aesthetic concerns and a more radical desire to break with the past through a new concern with the strange and the primitive.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 100%
Module codeMU3154
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

(Note that you cannot also take MU3158)

This module involves the application of the technical, interpretative and other issues that need to be addressed in connection with the preparation and execution of historically informed performances of selected works from c1600 to c1900. It aims to

  • expand upon the technical, theoretical, organological and interpretative information about performance practice gleaned in MU2269;
  • familiarise students with important historical treatises on performance practice relating to singing, string, wind, brass and keyboard instruments (such as those by Zarlino, Caccini, Bovicelli, Tosi, Muffat, Quantz, CPE Bach, Tromlitz, Monzani etc.) and demonstrate the application of their key precepts to selected repertoire c1600–c1900 ranging from Palestrina and Monteverdi through to Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner;
  • encourage students to apply, where possible, certain key principles of historical performance practices to their own practical musical activities;
  • demonstrate the fundamental concept of the ‘historically informed’ performance, through a series of case studies c.1600-c.1900;
  • extend the students’ transferable skills through assessment by presentation of a paper either as an individual or as part of a group.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 100%
Module codeMU3158
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

(Note that you cannot also take MU3154)

This module involves the application of the technical, interpretative and other issues that need to be addressed in connection with the preparation and execution of historically informed performances of selected works from c1600 to c1900. It aims to

  • expand upon the technical, theoretical, organological and interpretative information about performance practice gleaned in MU2269;
  • demonstrate the application of that information to selected works c1600–c1950 with historical performance in view;
  • familiarise students with the numerous unwritten performing conventions and the various aspects of style and technique that combine to make up well-grounded, period performances;
  • extend the students’ transferable skills through assessment by presentation of a paper either as an individual or as part of a group.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Examination - autumn semester: 50%
Module codeMU3164
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

(Either MU1107 Composition 1A is a pre-requisite for this module)

A detailed stylistic study of some of the main contrapuntal practices in the works of key twentieth century composers. Students will compose style-based exercises and develop an awareness of the compositional and structural aspects of the key scores by the selected composers through analytical exercises.

The module aims to

  • advance students’ skills in contrapuntal practice;
  • familiarise students with the contrapuntal practices of selected twentieth-century composers;
  • develop students’ awareness of the compositional, stylistic and structural aspects of key scores by the selected composers.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Portfolio: 60%
Module codeMU3165
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

(Note that you cannot also take MU3149)

This module aims to

  • introduce students to a range of styles and practices in music and the other arts between 1890 and 1920;
  • explore the work of, among others, Debussy, Bartók, Mahler, Strauss, Schoenberg and Stravinsky;
  • consider modernism as a dialectic between an extension of Romantic ideals and aesthetic concerns and a more radical desire to break with the past through a new concern with the strange and the primitive.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeMU3273
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

(MU1125 Elements of Tonal Music I is a pre-requisite for this module)

This module aims to

  • introduce students to a range of notational practices in music from the 16th to the 18th centuries in order to broaden the students’ concept of their function and purpose;
  • develop basic transcription skills and provide a thorough grounding in the principles of editing music of the period from original sources, whether printed or manuscript;
  • encourage an actively thoughtful approach to music of the period, the way in which it is notated, edited and performed;
  • familiarise students with some of the characteristics and principal technical developments in music printing during the above period;
  • promote greater discernment in the use of editions (both historical and modern) of music from the relevant period.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Written assessment: 60%
Module codeMU3274
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

(Note that you cannot also take MU3275)

This module aims to

  • To encourage a critical and analytical approach to the study of Romantic opera.
  • To foster an awareness of the historical, cultural and philosophical context of Wagner’s works, and his significance to both 19th and 20th century music.
  • To offer the opportunity for in-depth study of Wagner’s stage dramas from Das Rheingold to Parsifal.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 100%
Module codeMU3275
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

(Note that you cannot also take MU3274)

  • To encourage a critical and analytical approach to the study of Romantic opera.
  • To foster an awareness of the historical, cultural and philosophical context of Wagner’s works, and his significance to both 19th and 20th century music.
  • To offer the opportunity for in-depth study of Wagner’s stage dramas from Das Rheingold to Parsifal.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
Module codeMU3330
LevelL6
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

(MU2224 Contrapuntal Practice is a pre-requisite for this module.)

This module describes and demonstrates fugal procedures in logical sequence, enabling students to develop gradually and systematically their abilities in fugal composition. It aims to

  • introduce students to the fundamental terminology and principles of fugue;
  • encourage an awareness of fugal style through the study of 18th-century keyboard examples including J.S. Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues and the work of other relevant composers;
  • train students in the writing of separate sections of fugal structures and in the writing of complete fugues.

Assessment

  • Portfolio: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%