Core Module Information
Module title: Music and Modernisms 1890 - 1945

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS09153
Module leader: Katrina Burton
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

HND Music

Description of module content:

The module is designed to take you through a number of important developments in the music of the late 19th/early 20th Century, most importantly addressing the advancement in the harmonic language of late Romanticism through to the expressionism of the atonal period. You will be guided in your listening to pieces and features in order that you develop and enhance your responsiveness to harmonic and stylistic characteristics. You will become, through practice, conversant with the harmonic language of the periods in question. The pastiche composition exercise will further develop your harmonic insight into the music of these periods. Building upon the harmonic skills learned in level 7 modules, here you will develop and apply these skills into a more creative compositional thinking. You will thus develop a keener insight into the harmonic language and stylistic techniques of these periods. This module allows for the study of musical evolution in terms of the development of particular genres. Additionally the module will consider the importance of issues that reach beyond the purely musical, across other art forms, social and scientific contexts. These issues include the birth of modernism, the First World War and the Second World War. Genres to be covered include expressionism, serialism, futurism and neo-classicism.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: critically reflect on repertoire from the late 19th/early 20th Century using appropriate terminology and demonstrating an awareness of performance practices of the time
LO2: demonstrate independent, structured thought and objectivity in researching key topics and preparing research findings in both written and oral form
LO3: construct pastiche compositions that use complex harmonic structures and harmonic language appropriate to the period
LO4: contextualise key musical works from the period studied, with consideration to the social, political and artistic culture

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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: Katrina Burton
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 40 1,2,3,4 10 HOURS= 00.03, WORDS= 500
Essay 60 1,2,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MUS09153 Music and Modernisms 1890-1945