MU4001 - Millennium of Music (Part I)

What will I learn on this module?

This module will open your ears to a wide range of repertoire from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century with a primary focus on Western art music. The notions of ‘Classical’ or ‘Western Art Music’ are problematic, not least because they encompass music composed over more than a millennium. You will be exposed to a broad range of music, much of which will be new to you. In part one of Millennium of Music you will explore some of the principal musical developments from about 900 AD to the eighteenth century, looking at how music was created and preserved through notation, and how its techniques, styles and theoretical underpinnings differ from music today. Although much of the repertoire you will be studying is now heard in concert hall and recital, you will discover the contexts for which it was originally intended, and the function that it played in society at large. This module will give you a clear and broad grasp of the shape of musical, cultural and intellectual history alongside more detailed studies of individual pieces whilst engaging with questions of how histories of music are constructed. You will gain a framework into which you will be able to relate more detailed and specialist studies of music, and develop your skills and confidence in reading critically, writing about and analysing music from a historical perspective.

How will I learn on this module?

During the module you will be given guided reading and listening each week which will give you an overview of a particular topic.
Lectures will provide an introduction to each topic and give you practice in listening skills, developing a facility for absorbing information delivered orally. Seminars will provide a flexible time for student presentations, group work and discussion. You will be given individual advice on your essay in a short tutorial, and the opportunity to receive oral feedback on your written work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors, and programme leaders. Academic support is provided through seminar discussions and optional essay tutorials which allow specific issues to be addressed and to promote progress in academic development. The module tutor will be accessible within publicised office hours and via email. Your peers will provide you will a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the academic literature, lectures, and resources available on the eLearning Portal. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar activities and through a formative draft essay plan in preparation for the first summative essay.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will demonstrate knowledge of a wide repertoire of music from different periods, an understanding of some of the main stylistic developments and an awareness of the function played by music in various contexts.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will be able to make effective use of written and aural sources of information in the construction of an argument, making appropriate acknowledgement of them.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

3. You will demonstrate curiosity through an open-minded engagement with unfamiliar musical sounds, concepts, repertoires and practices.

4. You will demonstrate a capacity to monitor and assess your own progress and an ability to respond positively to feedback of others.

5. You will demonstrate an ability to manage your time, and to work effectively with others and on your own.

How will I be assessed?

1. FORMATIVE: you will submit a draft essay plan and indicative bibliography in preparation for your first summative assessment

2. Participation in weekly learning tasks (10%): Short assignments that will vary by topic and may include quizzes, contributions to wikis or discussions, short text submissions, reflective listening responses, or pre/post reading circle notes. Feedback will depend on the individual assignments, and may include quiz scores, brief written feedback, oral feedback to cohort, or a combination of these. MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

3. Essay 1 of 2,000 words (40%), submitted in the middle of Semester 1. A 2000-word essay that tests students’ ability to make use of what they have learned in lectures and seminars, and to undertake their own research on a topic. MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

4. Essay 2 of 2,000 words (50%), submitted at end of Semester 1. A 2000-word essay that tests students’ ability to make use of what they have learned in lectures and seminars, and to undertake their own research on a topic. MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback on essays comprises annotations to the script and a short report, plus an opportunity to disuss your work in an individual tutorial.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module will open your ears to a vast range of music from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, much of which will be new to you. We will look at how music was created and preserved through notation, and how its styles, techniques and theoretical underpinnings changed over time. Although you may think of this music as belonging to the concert hall, you will discover the contexts for which it was originally intended, and the functions that it played in society at large. In conjunction with Millennium of Music (Part II), this module is intended to give you a broad knowledge of music history as a framework into which you will be able to slot more specialist studies later in the degree and to develop your skills and confidence in writing about and analysing music from a historical perspective.

Course info

UCAS Code W320

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021 or September 2022

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