Core Module Information
Module title: Western Art Music 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS07134
Module leader: John Hails
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

On this module you will be introduced to the techniques, characteristics and significant features of European music from the Renaissance to the Late Classical period. You will develop an awareness of musical styles as well as skills in writing functional harmony and counterpoint. In addition to developing an understanding of the context of music in relation to other art forms and social context, you will also study a number of short extracts focusing on the compositional techniques relevant to the idioms.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: identify what is meant by the terms Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical and their relevance to music, and be familiar with some of the major art music genres in these historical periods;
LO2: discern and describe formal, technical, and expressive features of the period;
LO3: describe and interpret the work of some of the principal composers of the period;
LO4: discern and describe textures and harmony in music of the period;
LO5: reproduce specific harmonic and contrapuntal techniques.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Hails
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The delivery of this module is structured in two principal streams:
1. Lectures and seminars are delivered in three three-week blocks followed by the submission of a task. Lectures will introduce you to the principal concepts and idioms of Eurpoean music history from around 1500 to around 1790 (LO1), and to the work of some of the principal composers of the period (LO3). Seminars (around 10 students per seminar) will focus on techniques of harmony and counterpoint that underpin the understanding of the music of the period (LO4) and will include the practical application of this understanding in notated tasks (LO5).
2. An additional hour-long lecture every week will alternate between an essay skills class and an anthology listening class. The class in essay writing skills will allow you to more effectively articulate your understanding of the period and will support your submissions for Component 1 (LO1,2,3,4). The anthology listening class will focus on developing skills in analytical listening through the awareness of textures and expressive features (LO2,3,4).
Revision sessions in the final week of teaching will bring all of these strands together and allow for general advice and feedback to be given in advance of the final summative submission.

Formative Assessment:
For each of the first two blocks of lectures, a formative written assessment of 500 words directly connected to the class content, supported by the anthology listening classes, will be set.
Similarly, for each of the first two blocks of seminars, a formative harmony and counterpoint task directly connected to the class content will be set.
The feedback on these formative elements will then allow you to revise your work prior to their submission in the summative assessment at the end of the module.

Summative Assessment:
A portfolio of writing assignments and a portfolio of harmony and counterpoint assignments are submitted at the end of this module and form the two summative components.
The portfolios will comprise revised versions of the formative assignments already submitted during the course of the trimester with the addition of an extra assignment.
For component 1 (written assignments), this will comprise a 1000 word essay. For component 2 (harmony and counterpoint assignments), this will comprise a more extended task.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Seminar 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 60 1, 2, 3, 4 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Portfolio 40 2, 4, 5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MUS07134 Western Art Music 1