10 Credit Points
One Term Duration
6 Hours per week
72 Hours for the term
This unit provides a foundation for the critical study of music through themes including musical form, style and idea. Students will interrogate the many reasons why music was composed including through topics such as nationalism and exoticism, The unit analyses how new generations of listeners have re-imagined or politicised such music-making over time.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of historical musical developments through the lens of the Western musical tradition.
Define what is meant by cultural continuity and change in reference to music
Recognise distinct as well as appropriated musical styles across time and place
Connect key ideas in musical practice to related developments and issues in other arts, such as literature
Articulate the nature and scope of exclusion in Western musical practice and ways to develop an inclusive musical culture.
Week 1. Introduction
Week 2. Musical in Oral and Print Culture
Week 3. Improvisation and Baroque
Week 4. Form, Style, and Idea
Week 5. Programme Music
Week 6. Virtuosa
Week 7. Exoticism
Week 8. Nationalism
Week 9. Western Music and Minority
Week 10. Fusion Music
Week 11. Classical Music Futures
Week 12. Summary and Review