This unit introduces students to musicology, i.e. the academic discourse of music in practical and theoretical contexts. Students develop an understanding of the function and value of music in our world. Students are introduced to the importance of text, language and meaning in music, and of representing these in performance and technological environments. Students explore popular and contemporary musical discourses from both academic and musical perspectives. Students apply musicological and theoretical knowledge in instrumental workshops where they develop skills in choosing, negotiating and preparing repertoire. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate basic musicological concepts in a range of musical contexts;  
  2. Apply knowledge of the function and value of music in academic and social settings;  
  3. Articulate basic musical nomenclature in relation to the practice and production of musical texts;  
  4. Exhibit foundation interpretative skills and overall musicianship;  
  5. Develop and produce musical works that attempt to convey meaning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Applied exercises in theory, nomenclature and interpretation 25%
Report Critical evaluation of musical texts 25%
Exercise Analysis of music production tools applications 25%
Creative Works Production of musical works 25%

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