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Historiography of Music MUSIC4074

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to introduce honours students to the conceptual bases, influential models, and guiding principles of musical historiography.


1x1hr lecture; 1x1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This one of the Honours options in Music which may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Music, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

Historiography & Criticism (MUSIC3001), Historiography & Criticism (Honours) (MUSIC 4018)




Essay (3,000 words) - 60%

Seminar presentation of 15 minutes - 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ introduce honours students to the conceptual bases of music historiography and as represented in selected influential music-historical scholarship.

■ foster a meta-critical perspective on music-historical writing of all kinds, through close study of key traditions, models, and debates.

■ develop a sense of the perspectival nature of history, i.e. its dependence on (often unstated) assumptions and narrative tropes.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ deliver a seminar presentation on a selected work or works of music-historical scholarship, evaluating historiographical models and reflecting critically on scope and content.

■ write an essay that applies a considered historiographical perspective to some musical repertory or current academic trend

■ discuss key historiographical concerns as they impinge on the experience and study of music.

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.