Core Module Information
Module title: Music Psychology

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

Module code: MUS10108
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:

This module explores the psychology of musical experience from a variety of perspectives: from that of trained and untrained listeners; from that of the performer, improviser, or composer; and from that of the educator. We discuss how we use music to construct meaning and social validation, and explore motivations for and implications of the inclusion of music in everyday life.
The lecture content addresses a number of different topics including the expression of emotion and the construction of meaning through music, the basics of musical acoustics and their application in an empirical context, the developmental psychology of musical education, and the use of music to act as mood regulator, and structuring function both within personal and commercial contexts. You will reflect on your own musical background and preferences, and relate these to the topics and literature under discussion, and you will devise an experimental protocol to explore an element of the module with which you feel you connect.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect on your own and others' musical experience;

LO2: Extract core issues regarding the psychological effects of music in everyday life from relevant literature, discussion, and your own experience;

LO3: Analyse and anticipate the methodological implications of different forms of research method;

LO4: Analyse data and devise hypotheses in an experimental setting.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, 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:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Seminar 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 174
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 2,4 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Essay 30 1,2 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Project - Written 40 3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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