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MUSC7026 - Histo-Cultural Perspectives

Title:Histo-Cultural Perspectives
Long Title:Histo-Cultural Perspectives
Module Code:MUSC7026
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: JOHN O CONNOR
Module Description: This module provides an historical overview of Western Art Music from 1600 to the present day and also a contextual study of Irish Traditional Music
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Articulate the timeline of Western Art Music from 1600 to the present day
LO2 Delineate the historical context of the principal musical genres and cultural movements
LO3 Explain the evolution of Irish Traditional dance and vocal music
LO4 Analyse and elucidate the musical structures of Irish Traditional Music
LO5 Place both Western Art Music and Irish Traditional Music in a contemporary cultural context
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Music and Expression
Courtly traditions; the rise of Opera; Civic, Religious and Public Music
Musical Style
The genesis and evolution of the principal musical forms; the rise of the orchestra; the piano; dissemination
Music and Ideology
Nationalism expressed in the music of the 19th and 20th centuries; aesthetics; serialism and other trends
The Irish Tradition
The history of Traditional Irish Music; the principal instruments of the Tradition; solo and ensemble playing; sean-nós singing
Dance Music and Airs
The principal genres and forms of traditional instrumental music; regional styles of performance; contemporary trends
Cultural Context
The place of music in society; the living tradition; performance practice; crossing the boundaries
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Essay on a theme from Western Art Music 1,2,5 25.0 Week 10
Project A project portfolio based on an Irish Traditional Music topic. This may be text-based, creative, or a recorded folkloric work. 3,4,5 25.0 Sem End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture History of Western Art Music 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Irish Traditional Music Perspectives 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial small group project mentoring 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent Learning Individual study and practice 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Total Hours 7.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Richard Taruskin 2014, Oxford History of Western Music, college Edition Ed., OUP London [ISBN: 0195097629]
  • Paul Griffiths 2009, A Concise History of Western Music, First Ed., Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521133661]
  • Fintan Vallely 2011, Companion to Irish Traditional Music, 2nd Ed., Cork University Press [ISBN: 1859184502]
  • William H. Grattan Flood 2008, A History of Irish Music, Dodo Press [ISBN: 140992436X]
  • Ó Canainn, Tomás 2003, Seán Ó Riada: His Life and Work, Collins Press
  • Seán Ó Riada; edited by Thomas Kinsella; music editor: Tomás Ó Canainn 1982, Our musical heritage, Fundúireacht an Riadaigh, Dublin [ISBN: ISBN:ISBN 0-85105-389-0]
  • Ó Canainn, Tomás 1993, Traditional music in Ireland,, Ossian Cork [ISBN: 10: 0946005737]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 8 Elective
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 4 Elective
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 6 Elective

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