Notation MUSIC4077

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

An introduction to the use of music notation in a variety of periods and styles, and to techniques of music editing.


12 x 1hr lectures over both semesters as scheduled in MyCampus; 4x1hr seminars and 4x1hr tutorials 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

Notation and Performance Practice (MUSIC4058)




Portfolio of transcriptions, submitted in two equally-weighted parts - 60% 

Essay (2,000 words) - 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

■ study issues concerning the notation of music from the Middle Ages up to the present from a historical perspective

■ develop an awareness of stylistic differences in notational practice across musical genres and historical contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ assess the differences between notational practices in the present and at various points in the past

■ analyse the relationships between notation and contemporary performance, improvisation, non-western music and historically-informed performance

■ transcribe and edit scores from various periods and traditions with an awareness of the purpose of the notation in each case

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.