Module WXM-1002:
The Study of Music (jt-hnrs)

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Prof Chris Collins

Overall aims and purpose

  • To acclimatise students to the demands of the Music degree course in Bangor.
  • To equip students with the skills required for musicological study and related endeavours at degree level.
  • To ensure that students have a good basic knowledge of the work of the most important composers, styles, genres and repertories during the period from around 1000 AD to the present day
  • To ensure that students have a sound understanding of compositional process, historical context and cultural significance of a selective body of works composed during the period in question.
  • To enable students to develop and expand aptitude for constructive listening, score-reading and research.
  • To introduce students to important issues in current musicology.

Course content

The module surveys the history of Western music from around 1000 AD to the present day. Selected works in a range of art music and popular styles will be studied in detail, and changes and developments in musical style will be set in their historical, cultural, social, geographical and aesthetic contexts. Furthermore, the module will encourage the development of a range of skills required for the study of music at degree level, and will form the foundation for musicological study carried out in Years 2 and 3 and beyond.

Assessment Criteria


Work which demonstrates a limited knowledge of the subject, with restricted ability at conceptual thought, little evidence of a truly intellectual approach, but nevertheless expressed understandably.


Work which demonstrates a competent grasp of the subject, with good conceptual thought, evidence of intellectual acumen, and expressed clearly and interestingly.


Work which demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study and deeper conceptual thought, with some originality of approach and/or insight, and expressed coherently and convincingly.

Learning outcomes

  1. developed an awareness of the stylistic range and formal principles of Western music during the period from around 1000 AD to the present day;

  2. developed an awareness of contexts surrounding the composition and performance of music during this period

  3. developed a secure understanding of the chronology and geography of music during this period;

  4. developed an awareness of key concepts and issues in current musicology

  5. developed listening skills and aural aptitude

  6. developed written and presentational skills in relation to the history of music

  7. developed skills of individual research

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay 2 30
CLASS TEST Repertoire test 2 10
ESSAY Essay 3 30
CLASS TEST Repertoire test 3 10
CLASS TEST Repertoire test 4 10
ESSAY Essay 1 (unassessed) 0
CLASS TEST Repertoire test 1 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy


2 lectures of 1 hour's duration per week (11 weeks per semester)


1 study skills seminar of 1 hour's duration in selected weeks (5 per semester)

Private study 146

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Technological skills – digital capture, digital expression, digital innovation
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.
  • Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module