Core Module Information
Module title: Applied Musicology

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08158
Module leader: John Hails
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

HNC in Music accepted as equivalent learning.

Description of module content:

In this module you will examine performance practice across a range of styles and historical periods, and you will further develop your understanding of common practice harmony and counterpoint.
Within this module, the study of performance embraces the fields of ethnomusicology (the study of music in its context in society and culture), organology (the study of musical instruments and their classifications), historical musicology across a range of musical styles, and direct engagement with sound and musical notation.
Pastiche exercises in harmony and counterpoint will enhance your understanding of voice leading and harmonic practice that are indispensable in analytically engaging with many forms of popular and classical music that you will work with during this programme.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Examine specific case studies of performance practice using a core framework and set of research methods;

LO2: Discuss social and technological issues that impact on performance practice in the styles and periods studied;

LO3: Understand, differentiate, and describe various stylistic features of different musical genres and periods based upon aural comprehension, empirical observation of performance, the study of notation (where appropriate), and contextual readings and research;

LO4: Develop insight into the application of specific techniques of harmony and counterpoint.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Hails
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is delivered in two strands: lectures exploring the study of performance practice, and harmony seminars. The lectures (weeks 2-6, 8-12) will outline a framework for understanding diverse performance styles and practices and use this in order to examine carefully selected case studies (LO1). The social and technological influences on performance practice will be explored in tandem to and in combination with this (LO2). The study of notation and familiarity with recordings (both audio and video) will be fundamental to this module as you become more conversant with the performance styles and sonorities that you are introduced to (LO3).
Your study of harmony and counterpoint is supported by a series of workshop-style seminars (delivered in weeks 2-5, 7-10, and 12-13) that will develop your awareness of and analytical skills in specific musical styles (LO3, 4).
Seminars will offer specific support with the development of your assessments.

Formative Assessment:
A formative presentation on a specific case study selected by the student will be followed by feedback and suggestions for further study.
Formative feedback on harmony exercises will be given on a weekly basis in the seminars, but there will be two additional formal opportunites to receive feedback at two submission points.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative submissions for this module. The first is a portfolio of pastiche harmony and counterpoint exercises (totalling 3 exercises each of which is between 10 and 16 bars long) that demonstrate an understanding of specific styles and harmonic practices (LO3,4). The second is a 3000 word essay that explores a specific element of performance practice selected by the student (LO1,2,3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
Face To Face Seminar 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 40 3,4 14/15
Essay 60 1,2,3 13 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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