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Musicology 101


10 Credit Points

One Term Duration

12 Weeks

Total Hours

6 Hours per week

72 Hours for the term



Unit Description

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.

Unit Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of historical musical developments through the lens of the Western musical tradition.

  2. Define what is meant by cultural continuity and change in reference to music

  3. Recognise distinct as well as appropriated musical styles across time and place

  4. Connect key ideas in musical practice to related developments and issues in other arts, such as literature

  5. Articulate the nature and scope of exclusion in Western musical practice and ways  to develop an inclusive musical culture.

Weekly Topics:

Week 1. Introduction

Week 2. Musical in Oral and Print Culture

Week 3. Improvisation and Baroque

Performance Practice

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

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