Module WXM-2009:
20th Century Women Composers

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Rhiannon Mathias

Overall aims and purpose

  1. generate an awareness of the cultural, gender and social issues inherent in twentieth-century Western music

  2. introduce outstanding pieces by professional women composers of the twentieth century

  3. examine the ways in which these composers and their works have been received in their own time and in subsequent periods

  4. provide and develop methodological tools for a critical and differentiated understanding of music historiography

Course content

Musicology has in recent years been enriched by research that highlights the contribution made by women to Music & Music History.This module forms an introduction to some of the most important women musicians of the twentieth century, including:

a. British: Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-83), Grace Williams (1906-77) and Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-94).

b. Europe: Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944), Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), Nadia (1887-1979) and Lili Boulanger (1893-1918).

c. American: Amy Beach (1867-1944), Marion Bauer (1882-1955), Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-53) and Louise Talma (1906-96).

d. Established Contemporary Voices: Thea Musgrave (1928-), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), Kaija Saariaho (1952-) and Chen Yi (1953-).

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Work which displays basic knowledge of the subject, with limited ability at conceptual thought and musical analysis at Level 5, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair expression

good

Work which displays a sound grasp of the subject, adequate control of music-analytical and critical tools and conceptual engagement at Level 5, expressed intelligibly and interestingly

excellent

Work which demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject and mastery of music-analytical and critical tools, with evidence of further study, outstanding intellectual engagement and originality of approach and/or insight as appropriate to work at Level 5, expressed convincingly and compellingly

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to apply to specific examples the knowledge gained about the contributions made to twentieth-century music by important women composers and teachers.

  2. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to evaluate scholarly literature concerning cultural, gender and social issues inherent in twentieth-century Western music.

  3. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to analyse formal procedures and structural techniques used in key pieces by relevant composers.

  4. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate an engagement with methodological tools for a critical and differentiated understanding of music historiography.

  5. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate skills in communication.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay

Essay questions given in the module handbook, distributed at the start of the module.

75
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Presentation

Topics to be arranged with module tutor; typically delivered in class on a week agreed in advance with the tutor.

25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

Eleven weekly lectures (2 hours each x 11 weeks)

22
Private study

Including preparation for classes and assessments.

78
Tutorial

One individual tutorial in preparation for student presentation (15 minutes) One individual consultation in preparation for student essay (15 minutes)

1

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • 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
  • 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
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • 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.

Resources

Resource implications for students

None.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/wxm-2009.html

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: