This unit introduces students to the world of musicological research and familiarises them with methods and sources within Music and the Creative Arts. The unit examines how musicology and creative arts, in particular, approach research and inquiry. Students are encouraged to question the intentions and validity of information from a variety of sources as they come to understand important theoretical and ethical challenges in the research and production of musical works. Students also develop an understanding of the connection between musicological contexts and the language and practice of music. Students are encouraged to contemplate the foci and result of musicological inquiries in the arrangement, practice and performance of musical works.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and analyse basic musicological research methods in a range of musical context;  
  2. Locate and review appropriate musicological sources in an academic context;  
  3. Identify and consider a range of musical sources and themes in a creative context;  
  4. Exhibit foundation interpretative skills and overall musicianship;  
  5. Develop and produce musical works underpinned by a framework of musicological inquiry.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Research methods in music analysis 25%
Report Music inquiry task 25%
Presentation Musicology presentation 25%
Creative Works Production of musical works 25%

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