Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Musical Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century MUSIC2021

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Through the study of key works and/or key moments in music of the nineteenth-century, this course will introduce students to the social and cultural history of European music during 'the long nineteenth century' - from the French Revolution to WWI.


1 x 2hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

A grade D3 or above in 40 credits of Level 1 Music Courses or be enrolled in the first year of a BMus.

Excluded Courses



Blog (1,500 words) - 33%

Essay (2,500 words) - 67%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ combine a traditional work-centred approach to music-historical thought with a social and cultural history of music.

■ offer a secure grounding in music history as well as providing fresh perspectives and challenging received opinions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ understand key issues in the musical history of the long nineteenth century

■ read and evaluate musical scores and scholarly literature

■ write critical essays

■ reflect on their own learning process

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.