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
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: Katrina Burton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Weekly lectures will take a historical view as well as an issue-based approach to learning. There will be regular reflective class discussion (LO1,2,4). Students will further develop research skills acquired in the pre-requisite module, with more of an emphasis in this module based on independent structured research (LO2). Regular group work will allow students to demonstrate their research findings individually and collectively (LO2). This group work brings important issues into relief and students will experience at close hand the detail of pieces through active analysis based on directed research, individually and collectively (LO1,2,3,4). These student-centred, formative activities will be guided by the lecturer, with an emphasis on students’ self-reflection, peer feedback and personal development. VLE will be important in the delivery of the module.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment regularly occurs in class. In the two tutorial weeks you will also have the opportunity of bringing drafts of your summative assessments for feedback.

Summative Assessment:
Students will undertake two assessments. For the first assessment the student will complete a portfolio comprising a pastiche composition (2-3 minutes) appropriate to the period (LO1,2,3) with a short written document (500 words) outlining the techniques employed and how they relate to the model used (LO4). The second assessment will be a written assessment of 3,000 words. For this the student must choose from a range of topics which will have been covered in the weekly lectures with assessment based on an extended essay on one of these (LO1,2,4). Throughout the module students will receive feedback (from lecturer and peers) on regular formative group work/analysis undertaken.

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