During their second year on the BA (Hons) Music programme, students continue to study the history of music with a focus on relating style and performance to culture. The study of composition and performance continues, but here students may opt to study 100% performance, 100% composition or 50/50 of each. Students choose two from four offered modules in musical styles and techniques (for close familiarization with key styles of Western music), interactive technology & sound art, music journalism or the analysis of music & media.
Modules generally comprise weekly lectures or workshops. Tutorials are offered at which students can discuss the progress of their independent and group work with tutors.
MUS2057 Music & Culture
The module is designed to examine the relationship between music and culture, exploring its nature, meanings, forms and implications. Drawing on a range of theoretical frameworks and research methodologies (e.g. cultural studies, gender theory), students examine key domains of cultural music production to understand the ways in which these have been constructed, and to develop the skills necessary to analyze those forms.
MUS2060 Collaborative Performance & Composition 1
This module is designed to enable the student to develop composition and/or performance work with collaboration as a central focus. Composition students engage directly with performers, both individually and in ensembles. Performers work with composers: both having the opportunity to engage with a number of forms and media, as a means of developing their individual creative practice and artistic voice.
MUS2062 Musical Styles and Techniques
This is a module about how to write in classical styles as well as how to write using the techniques of Claude Debussy and dodecaphonic composers such as Shönberg, Webern and Berg. It’s a key module to take for students needing in the future to be able to write convincingly in former musical styles, e.g. for historical films and documentaries, theatre etc. The module is also relevant for those interested in music analysis (see below).
MUS2059 Interactive Technology & Sound Art
For students who enjoyed MUS1059 Music Technology & Production, this is the continuation module. Advanced aspects of electronic sound art aesthetics and psychoacoustics are covered to extend the imagination. The work is project-based, and students are normally asked to work on programming pieces for live electroacoustic performance using open-source software such as PureData (Pd).
MUS2058 Music Journalism
This is a module about how to develop the skills of the music journalist. How music is written about, is covered, as well as projects such as writing reviews for album releases, concerts and festivals, magazine articles etc. – Useful for students directed at becoming writers on music for television, radio and music festivals.
MUS2063 Analyzing Music & Media
This is a music analysis module which explores the different ‘toolboxes’ which can be used thoroughly to understand music and its use in media. Example topics might include: Schenkerian analysis (turning tonal music into layers that can be peeled away to see sub-structures), Reti & Meyer and semiotic analysis (exploring music and meaning). This module helps students to develop an ‘x-ray’ understanding of musical structure.