MUSICOL 1000B - Musicology Foundations Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course surveys a range of concepts, techniques, and methods of music research as encountered in the co-disciplines of musicology and ethnomusicology, including music analysis. Theoretical material is linked to examples of research pertaining both to Western music (classical and popular forms) and non-Western music.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSICOL 1000B
    Course Musicology Foundations Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSICOL 1000A
    Assumed Knowledge Ability to read music notation
    Assessment Short essay 1500 words 30%, music transcription/analysis exercises 25%, Oral presentation on assigned readings 20%, end of semester open book exam 80 min 25%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff

    Course Workshops are taken by:
    Steven knopoff (
    Assoc Prof Kimi Coaldrake (
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Understanding of varied approaches to music research through consideration of case studies of Western and non-Western, notated and oral, and traditional and contemporary music practices.

    2. Development of aural and analytical skills through assessed work in written critiques of music and in transcription and analysis of recorded music.

    3. Development of music research skills related to planning essays and confidence in written and oral communication.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Cook, Nicholas. 1998. Music: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Harper-Scott, J P E and Jim Sampson, eds. 2009. An Introduction to Music Studies. Cambridge:
    Cambridge University Press. Available for purchase at UniBooks

    Course Reader

    In addition to the two course textbooks, this semester we will also be making use of a smaller set of
    readings contained in the Musicology Foundations Course Reader, which is available for purchase at
    Image and Copy Centre (Level 1 Hughes Bldg).
    Recommended Resources
    The electronic Music Resources Guide ( ) contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library.

    Music Online is a portal that enables searching in Grove Music Online and other Oxford reference content in the one location. Students can access Oxford Music Online which houses Grove Music Online through the link on the Elder Music Library website at:
    Grove music online [electronic resource] can also be located as a title search through the library catalogue. The 29-volume print copy is available from the Elder Music Library's reserve collection.
    Online Learning
    Course documents, assignment instructions and other information will be available in the MyUni course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Workshops will address the information and aims set out in the Course Description. Workshops will be structured to allow students to develop analytical and written/oral presentational skills through in-class discussion and formal presentations.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to the 2 contact hours per week, it is anticipated that students would spend 3-4 hours per week in reviewing in-class notes, preparing the readings and other assignments, and revising for the end-of-semester exam.
    Learning Activities Summary

    The following schedule is indicative. Some specific topics and ordering of topics may vary
    Week 1 World Music
    Week 2 Music and Musical Instruments as Culture
    Week 3 Music in/as Culture
    Week 4 Two Models of Art and Music
    Week 5 Music and Media
    Week 6 A Case Study of Music and Media: Hindi Film Music
    Week 7 The Economics and Business of Music
    Week 8 A State of Crisis? 'Pure Music' Meets a World of Technology and Commerce
    Week 9 Musical Performance
    Week 10 Reflections on Key Terms Used in the Study of Music and Culture
    Week 11 Student Presentations
    Week 12 Student Presentations
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting Date Learning Outcome
    Brief Oral
    Presentation (4-6 mins)
    Eeach student to lead a brief portion of an assigned reading
    10% Week 6 1, 2, 3
    1,500-word Essay on an assigned topic 30% Set in Week 3

    DUE in Week 7
    1, 2, 3
    Major Oral Presentation on an assigned topic 30% Weeks 11 & 12 1, 2, 3
    End-of-semester Open-book Exam 30% Examination period 1, 2, 3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Active and positive participation in 100% of workshops is expected, excluding certified absence approved by coordinator.
    Assessment Detail
    BRIEF ORAL PRESENTATION (10% weighting)
    In Week 2 each Student will be assigned a portion of one of the two Week 6 readings to
    prepare an in-class summary to present in Week 6. The summaries should be timed to
    run 4-6 minutes. Assessment will be based on the summary itself (did
    it capture all of the main points of the reading portion, were these points explained in a
    clear manner) and on the presentation in terms of vocal clarity and pacing. No research
    of literature needs to be done for this presentation apart from the assigned reading itself.

    ESSAY (30% weighting)
    Students will write a 1,500-word essay based on an assigned topic, to be set in class in
    Week 3 and due in Week 7. The essay topic will invite students to reference concepts, topics, and readings used in this course.

    In weeks 11-12 each student will give a 15 minute presentation comparing the use of
    music in two Hindi films. Detailed instructions and a schedule for the presentations will
    be distributed in class in Week 6. Research materials for this presentation
    will include the two Week 6 assigned readings, several additional readings and internet
    urls assembled by the course coordinator, and a number of Hindi films available for
    viewing/short-term loan from the Elder Music Library.

    The exam will require students to answer several questions (or sets of related
    questions). Depending on the nature of the question, written answers should run
    between 100-400 words. This is an open-book exam, allowing for text books and any
    notes the student may have prepared. Answers will be marked both on clarity of writing
    and on demonstration of an understanding of relevant concepts and ideas presented in
    the course. A set of practice questions will be distributed in class in Week 10.
    The essay assignment is to be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. on the due date via the Assignments folder of the MyUni course. PDF is the required format for all assignment submissions. For
    assistance in converting your assignment file to PDF please see:

    You can also scan to PDF in the Library from the Library printers. Please note that submission must be via MyUni, not via email.

    Extensions are only granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be
    granted under any other circumstance. Assessed work that is submitted late (after the due date and
    time) will not be examined for assessment or feedback. In the case of illness this will require a medical
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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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