Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Areas of Study in Musicology and Ethnomusicology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce students to a wide range of academic interests in the disciplines of musicology and ethnomusicology. It will provide students with a broad perspective of these two fields of study which will then take different paths in subsequent study-units within the same programme.

It considers the contemporary situation of music academism with references to folk, or different aspects of popular music, for example, alongside interests in aspects of the Western art music tradition. It will introduce students to a number of concepts, such as poststructuralism and postmodernism and their relation to contemporary inquiries in musicology and ethnomusicology.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at introducing students to the main approaches and methodologies practiced by musicologists and ethnomusicologists in the past and up to the present, as well as some of the issues involved in using them. It also develops knowledge of the historical and critical philosophies associated with the variety of approaches to music research. Topics covered include historiography, aesthetics, criticism, the study of documents and musical institutions, the relation between musicology and performance, editing, and historical ethnomusicology.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) evaluate key concepts, theories and methodologies used in musicological research;
(b) address specific issues in musicology through reading, classroom presentations and written assignments;
(c) demonstrate a good level of initiative and independent thinking as applied to issues and problems in the academic study of music;
(d) inform their learning in musicology and ethnomusicology through debates with peers and tutors.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) apply concepts and issues discussed during the course to hands-on music research;
(b) write and think about music more holistically;
(c) apply critical thinking skills to a range of research situations;
(d) reflect on the diversity of musical experiences and interests, which also reflect the contemporary situation of both music and musicology.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Beard, David and Gloag Kenneth. 2016. Musicology: The Key Concepts (2nd ed.) (New York: Routledge).
- Pruett, J. W, and T. Slavens. 1985. Research Guide to Musicology (Chicago: ALA).

Supplementary Readings

- Clarke, Eric, and Nicholas Cook (eds.). 2004. Empirical Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects (New York: OUP).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

Jeremy Coleman

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