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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Explores the fundamental elements involved in the historical development of contemporary music styles and introduces foundation concepts of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. This unit will develop the student's ability to identify key musical and cultural features of different musical genres.

Unit content

Modes of listening to music
Fundamentals of music cognition
Terminology of music analysis
Basic principles of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Historical musical contexts
Selected case studies of Contemporary Music Styles

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 discuss the historical development of popular music and the interrelationships between musical styles, technology and the music industry
2 utilise specific techniques employed in the analysis of contemporary music
3 describe and aurally identify prominent stylistic features of a range of popular music genres
4 engage in effective independent popular music research
5 discuss, through academically written argument, musical analyses of stylistically representative repertoire and related literature.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the historical development of popular music and the interrelationships between musical styles, technology and the music industry
  2. utilise specific techniques employed in the analysis of contemporary music
  3. describe and aurally identify prominent stylistic features of a range of popular music genres
  4. engage in effective independent popular music research
  5. discuss, through academically written argument, musical analyses of stylistically representative repertoire and related literature.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.