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MUSC6002 - Music History: Perspectives

Title:Music History: Perspectives
Long Title:Music History: Perspectives
Module Code:MUSC6002
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: SUSAN O REGAN
Module Description: This course explores the broad outlines of music in Western culture, and explores key points in the development of the classical tradition in Europe from the 9th to the 21st centuries.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Recognise and describe characteristics of the principal historical styles of Western art music
LO2 Explain the relationship of music to specific contexts in Western history.
LO3 Describe change and evolution of concepts of musical expression.
LO4 Define key terms relating to musical styles and contexts within the Western tradition.
LO5 Structure and present information in written form.
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.

This module is part of a restricted access course. Students should have passed the BMus Degree entrance test or equivalent.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Music in Christian worship
Plainchant and the development of sacred polyphony.
Music and expression
Music and poetry: courtly traditions, the Lied. Programme music; Music and drama
Musical style
Aesthetics; Elements of style; Influence of patronage; Influence of public taste
Music and the marketplace
The commercialisation of music: Italian opera of the seventeenth century to the publishing houses of the 19th century.
Music and Ideology
Nationalism in 19th and 20th centuries;
20th century developments
Modernism and post-modernism; Music in 20th century Ireland; Cross-influences of popular and commercial music in 20th century
Academic writing
The basics of scholarly writing style and use of citation.
Project writing
Structuring a research project.
Bibliography skills
How to access relevant and appropriate sources for a research project.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Terminology, chronology, definition of key concepts 4 20.0 Week 7
Project Music and European culture: a written research project on an approved topic (2,000-2,500 words) 1,2,3,5 40.0 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 40.0 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 Music History: perspectives 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study, research 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Tutorial Writing skills, research skills 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • J.Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, Claude V. Palisca 2014, A History of Western Music, 9th Ed., Norton New York [ISBN: 9780393918298]
  • J.Peter Burkholder, J.L. Hund-King 2009, Study and Listening Guide for a History of Western Music and Norton Anthology of Western Music, 6th Ed., Norton New York [ISBN: 9780393932591]
  • Blanning, T.C.W. 2009, The Triumph of Music: Composer, Musicians and their Audiences, 1700 to the Present, Dorling Kindersley [ISBN: 9780141038957]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Joseph Machilis, Kristine Forney 1995, The Enjoyment of Music: an Introduction to perceptive listening, Norton New York [ISBN: 03939668]
  • Henry Raynor 1972, A Social History of Music; from the Middle Ages to Beethoven, Barrie and Jenkins London [ISBN: 0214657833]
  • K.Marie Stolba 1998, The Development of Western Music - A History, McGraw-Hill Boston [ISBN: 0697293793]
  • Karin Pendle 1991, Women and Music: A History, Indiana University Press [ISBN: 0585023980]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 1 Mandatory

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