UNIVERSITY MODULAR FRAMEWORK -MODULE SPECIFICATION
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SCHOOL * School of The Arts
DIVISION * ART Performance Studies Division
MODULE TITLE* Music in Context
MODULE CODE * LEVEL* CREDIT VALUE* CO-ORDINATOR
4 20 Mark Thursby
DELIVERY MODE(S)* Standard
HND Music Production and HND Music Practice courses only
This module has no supplementary regulations
The purpose of this module is to provide a contextual framework upon which
music production and practice can be investigated. The module will look at the
key historical events that have affected, informed and influenced current music
trends and cultures. The study will involve focus on examples drawn from a
broad cross section of music genres.
OVERALL AIM(S) FOR THE MODULE* (Max 2 bullet points)
To develop the ability to think critically and apply reasoning to an area of
academic music research
To develop an understanding of several areas of current research in music
and music technology.
LEARNING OUTCOMES*: (Max of 10)
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
a) Develop the ability to debate the influences on a variety of works.
b) Develop contextual knowledge of a range of artists and practitioners in the
music production and practice.
c) Describe the relationship between musical style, performance and or
d) Describe the relationship between audience/markets and the work.
Subject - specific Skills
e) Critically assess the demands on the artist/producer.
f) Evaluate the relationship between the artist, work, genre and relevant socio
g) Describe a range of recordings/performances and justify their label of
h) Examine the impact of technological advancements upon productions and
i) Think critically and challenge received opinion, applying own judgement.
j) Write clearly about complex subjects in a form appropriate to the subject.
The main content will be the emerging technologies and salient
performances/practices of the late 19th and 20th Centuries, and the impact that
they had upon the music industry, the artistic genres, methods of working and
the cross fertilisation of ideas. A study of the broad historical framework, the
formation of music charts, musical movements and festivals, followed by a more
specific investigation into the technologies, artists, performers, genres,
producers and works will facilitate the analysis and critical evaluation of the
issues and practitioners involved. Such key concepts range from musical
instrument technology through to the impact that performances and music
genres have had on contemporary culture.
The module will also explore a range of 'landmark' recordings and show the
justification for the claim that they are landmark. The exploration of musical
analysis, timbre, melody, harmony, texture, mix, syncopation and the effect that
these elements have on the finished product will also be a key feature of the
work carried out during this element of the course. It provides the opportunity
to examine examples from a range of musical styles, indeed the student will be
expected to 'step outside the box' and embrace new styles and genres of
production and practice that they have previously not encountered or used as
part of their studies.
JUSTIFICATION OF TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT
TEACHING, LEARNING + ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES STUDY HOURS
Lectures 37.5 hours
Assessments 50 hours
Independent study and research 112.5hours
Total 200 hours
This module is taught by Northampton College staff to student cohort(s) on
Assessment Items Units Weighting Learning
AS1- Written Assessment 2 40 a, b, c, d, i, j
AS2- Written Assessment 2 40 e, f, g, h
PS1- Presentation 1 20 a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j
Written assessment 1
Students to offer a well written, structured and properly researched report or
essay detailing a key historical issue surrounding the development of music
during the last 150 years (for example Punk, or the advent of the Compact disc).
This will be set in broader context of historically significant events as well as the
salient contemporary socio-economic factors that have effected or influenced
current trends. The students will detail the key issues surrounding the timbre,
texture, structure, rhythms, technology, production techniques and styles of a
variety of music genre productions.
Written assessment 2
Students to offer a well written, structured and properly research report or essay
about a specific landmark recording. Analyse and evaluate the key cultural,
technological, commercial and artistic influence and factors that have impacted
upon the chosen recording.The recording will be landmark technologically or
musically speaking, and will be agreed in advance with the module leader.The
minimum requirement is 2,000 words.
Include the following in your report:
• What in your view constitutes a landmark album?
• Consider musical, technological and social/political elements.
• Illustrate your answer in detail with reference to a number of albums (at least
The student will identify and communicate the key concepts surrounding a
specified area of music analysis. Present a key historical issue surrounding the
emergence of a specific area of music during the last 150 years. This will be set
in the broader context of historically significant events as well as the salient
contemporary socio-economic factors that have effected or influenced current
trends. The presentation should be around 15 minutes in duration and may be
an amalgamation of the first two assessments.
APPROVAL/ REVIEW DATES:
Date of approval:
Date of revision: September 2011
Section: All sections reviewed for PSR April 2012
Type A changes effective from September 2011