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Unit description

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss the historical development of popular music and the interrelationships between musical styles, technology and the music industryIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
2utilise specific techniques employed in the analysis of contemporary musicIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
3describe and aurally identify prominent stylistic features of a range of popular music genresIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
4engage in effective independent popular music researchIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
5discuss, through academically written argument, musical analyses of stylistically representative repertoire and related literature.Intellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence

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
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. utilise specific techniques employed in the analysis of contemporary music
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. describe and aurally identify prominent stylistic features of a range of popular music genres
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. engage in effective independent popular music research
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. discuss, through academically written argument, musical analyses of stylistically representative repertoire and related literature.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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