Music second year modules

Module details

For those students taking 80 credits of Music:

  • Critical Musicology 
  • Analysis

Two modules from the list of optional modules (for module descriptions see second and final year optional modules page).

For those students taking 60 credits of Music (This is the only option available for BA Maths and Music students):

One module from:

  • Critical Musicology
  • Analysis

Two modules from the list of optional modules (for module descriptions see second and final year optional modules page).

For those students taking 40 credits of Music:

One module from: 

  • Critical Musicology
  • Analysis

One module from the list of optional modules (for module descriptions see second and final year optional modules page).

Compulsory modules

Please note that students who take 80 credits in Music in the second year will take both compulsory modules in addition to two optional modules.

Critical Musicology

This module introduces basic critical methodologies, concepts and vocabularies employed in current academic work in the fields of historical musicology, ethnomusicology and popular music studies. Topics may include the history of musicology, music and culture, contrasting approaches to the anthropology of music, the sociology of music, music and postcolonial theory, music and critical theory, sound studies, the ontology of music, musical modernism and postmodernism, music and politics, music and class, music and ideology, music and violence, the ethics of sound recording, critical organology, music and race, music and feminism, music and gender, music and queer theory, theories of performance, and theories of reception.

Analysis

This module introduces basic analytical concepts and skills for the understanding of Western art music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Topics may include mode, word-painting, fugue, the schemata of the gallant style, cadence and themes in the Classical style and thereafter, sonata form, the Romantic fragment, Wagner’s form and harmony, narrative patterns, pitch-class collections and sets, non-Germanic musical syntax, twelve-note technique, analysis of rhythm, texture and gesture.