Core Module Information
Module title: Techniques of Score Analysis 2

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

Module code: MUS09158
Module leader: Katrina Burton
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

You will learn how to apply two techniques of musical analysis to scores from the twentieth century. These techniques will normally comprise set theory analysis and semiological analysis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect on musical structure expressed in notational form;

LO2: Examine the relationship between surface detail and structural features of a score;

LO3: Construct charts and tables in order to demonstrate specific analytical techniques;

LO4: Demonstrate your analytical findings clearly using appropriate terminology and notation.

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:
This module is delivered in a combination of lectures and tutorials. You will learn to analyse pieces of music using two analytical techniques in order to become familiar with the methods used to structure atonal musical works. You will attend a series of five lectures each on the two analytical methods discussed during the module (LO1,2). Following each of these blocks there will be a week of tutorials to allow you to get specific feedback on your work (LO3,4). The module is score-intensive insofar as each week, you will be applying the analytical techniques, from the outset, to pieces, building up a 'portfolio' of analyses carried out formatively and continuously. As you acquire an understanding of each analytical technique through practice, appropriate terminology is introduced to equip you with the necessary 'language' to engage in discourse about your findings in essay form, and class discussions.

Formative Assessment:
Short weekly exercises in analysis will be set to develop your skills. In the two tutorial weeks you will also have the opportunity of bringing drafts of your summative analysis assessments for feedback.

Summative Assessment:
The summative submission for this module is a portfolio of analytical exercises demonstrating your understanding of individual musical details, structural considerations, your familiarity with appropriate notation, and of the style of the period.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 178
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4 14/15 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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