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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Music History and Culture A
Module Code MC225
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sean Doherty
Semester 2: Sean Doherty
Autumn: Sean Doherty
Module TeachersSean Doherty
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Students will assimilate important concepts, periods, and styles in Western Art Music from the medieval, Baroque and Classical eras through the study of selected works. Skills and understanding in historical musicology will be developed through active-listening tasks, score analysis, and contextual study. Key issues in contemporary scholarly discourse will be addressed, such as the under-representation of women in music history, historically informed performance, and colonialism and the canon.

Learning Outcomes

1. Distinguish between and analytically discuss music from various stylistic periods in Western Art Music (focusing on medieval, Baroque, and Classical), while appreciating the failings of this conventional periodisation.
2. Use appropriate primary and secondary sources to situate works within their historical context
3. Reflect on key issues in discourse of historical musicology, its performance and pedagogy
4. Demonstrate deep engagement with this repertoire via active-listening tasks, analysis, and performance
5. Understand the educational significance of music history and analysis consistent with the requirements of the post-primary music curriculum.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Active listening, discussion, performance
Assignment Completion50Essay and Critical Listening Task
Independent Study51Reading, listening, performing, analysis
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Periodisation, narratives and representation in music history, colonialism and the canon; historically informed performance

Styles and Genres
The medieval era, Gregorian chant and Hildegard of Bingen; Church polyphony, Palestrina; the Baroque, Barbara Strozzi; the Italian concerto style, Vivaldi; opera seria and oratorio, Handel; the cantata, Bach; the Classical style, Haydn and Mozart; the emergence of Romanticism, Beethoven.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayEssay on a topic in historical musicology from medieval, Baroque, or Classical eras60%n/a
Practical/skills evaluationCritical listening task40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • J.P.E. Harper-Scott: 2009, An introduction to music studies, CUP,
  • R. J. Stove: 0, Student's Guide to Music History, ISI,
  • J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, Claude V. Palisca: 2010, A history of western music, 8th, W. W. Norton & Company,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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