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MUSC8065 - Women in Music

Title:Women in Music
Long Title:Women in Music
Module Code:MUSC8065
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: ROISIN MAHER
Module Description: This module explores the musical achievements of women in Western art music from the middle ages to the present day. The module examines women's participation in music, primarily focussing on women as composers but also considering women as performers, teachers and patrons. The module also includes an introduction to issues relating to gender and culture.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse and evaluate the main contributions of women to the field of music from the middle ages to the present.
LO2 Demonstrate a critical understanding of representative works by women composers.
LO3 Explain the key concepts relating to gender and music.
LO4 Research and present a specialised topic relating to women and music.
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.
No incompatible modules listed
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
Specialised topic
Medium length (4,500-5,000 word) essay on an approved topic related to the course OR preparation and presentation of musical work(s) by a woman composer or women composers in the form of a lecture/recital with accompanying programme notes
Gender and music
Introduction to gender studies; gender and the musical canon: introduction to feminist musicology; genre and women composers
Women and music: middle ages to 18th century
Women making music in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras; Hildegard von Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi and Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Women and music: 19th century
The role of women in the Romantic era; women and the lied; Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Pauline Garcia-Viardot; women and orchestral music
Women and music: 20th century to present day
Women composers in the early twentieth century; gender and music technology; Irish women composers; women in film and video game music; women conductors
Women in jazz and popular music
Women and jazz music; female jazz singers; all-girl bands and girl groups; women in early rock and roll; women singer-songwriters; sexism and the music industry
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Responses to reading, listening and practical assignments 1,2,3 25.0 Every Second Week
Short Answer Questions Biography, chronology, definition of key concepts, aural identification 1,2,3 25.0 Week 7
Other Essay or lecture/recital 1,2,4 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

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 Women in music from the middle ages to the present 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Engaging with women in music 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reading, listening, research, study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Briscoe, James R. (ed.) 2004, New Historical Anthology of Music by Women, Indiana University Press [ISBN: 0253216834]
  • Hamer, Laura (ed.) 2021, The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9781108556491]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bowers, Jane M. and Judith Tick (eds.) 1987, Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition 1150-1950, University of Illinois Press Champaign, Illinois [ISBN: 0252014707]
  • Citron, Marcia 1993, Gender and the Musical Canon, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 052144974X]
  • Fuller, Sophie 1995, The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States 1629-present, Pandora London [ISBN: 0044409362]
  • Green, Lucy 1997, Music, Gender, Education, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780521555227]
  • Leonard, Marion 2007, Gender in the Music Industry: Rock, Discourse and Girl Power, Routledge Oxford [ISBN: 9780754638629]
  • Macarthur, Sally 2013, Towards a Twenty-First-Century Feminist Politics of Music, Ashgate Surrey [ISBN: 9781409418252]
  • McClary, Susan 2002, Feminine Endings: Music, Gender and Sexuality, University of Minnesota Press Minneapolis [ISBN: 9780816641895]
  • O'Brien, Lucy 2012, She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music, 3rd Ed., Jawbone Press London [ISBN: 9781908279279]
  • Pendle, Karin 2001, Women and Music: A History, 2nd Ed., Indiana University Press Bloomington, Indiana [ISBN: 025321422X]
  • Sadie, Julie Ann & Rhian Samuel (eds.) 1995, The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, Norton London & New York [ISBN: 0393034879]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 5 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 7 Elective

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