Module WXM-3282:
Edition

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr John Cunningham

Overall aims and purpose

  1. to build on and enhance the skills acquired in the year 2 module "Notation and Editing"
  2. enable the student to engage in a sustained independent scholarly enquiry in the field of musical editing
  3. enable the student to communicate the results of this enquiry in an adequate fashion

Course content

Participants of this module will prepare a critical edition of a suitable work from original sources or photographic reproductions of such sources. The work concerned will be selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff; the selection approved by the Board of Examiners, during the summer term of Year 2. The length of the work will depend upon various factors, including scoring, the number and complexity of sources, and the extent and degree of editorial intervention the materials demand; but in every instance full editorial apparatus will be required, including a detailed textual commentary. The edition should show awareness of previous editions of relevant music, but also demonstrate a capacity for solving specific editorial problems. Credit will be given for the quality of presentation as well as of editorial work. The project will be accompanied by seminars on the research, bibliography and methodology skills required for preparing the edition.

PLEASE NOTE: A single source project (unless that source is highly corrupt and/or incomplete and thus requiring an extended amount of editorial intervention or reconstruction) is a transcription. A transcription is not a critical edition in and of itself. Thus, most single-source projects are not suitable for an Edition project. An extended transcription plus commentary is better addressed (in terms of learning outcomes) under the Dissertation module. You thus typically need at least two sources; the more complex the relationship the better. It is essential to discuss any concerns you may have with the module coordinator in the first instance.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Please consult the Explicit marking criteria for Editing (available on my.bangor and in the module handbook) for more specific guidance on assessment criteria.

Work which displays basic, restricted knowledge of the subject, with simple ability at conceptual thought, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair written and notational skills

good

Please consult the Explicit marking criteria for Editing (available on my.bangor and in the module handbook) for more specific guidance on assessment criteria.

The work should display a sound grasp of the subject, a good level of conceptual thought, awareness of the main issues, with evidence of intellectual acumen and good written and notaitonal skills

excellent

Please consult the Explicit marking criteria for Editing (available on my.bangor and in the module handbook) for more specific guidance on assessment criteria.

Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written and notational skills

Learning outcomes

  1. developed a sophisticated level of editing based on the latest editorial practice

  2. developed powers of sustained independent enquiry in the field of musical editing

  3. enhanced their originality and depth of thought

  4. been able to solve complex problems of transcription and editing

  5. enhanced their skills in the search for and the use of primary and secondary scholarly material

  6. refined their skills in argument, writing and presentation

  7. if appropriate to the topic, reached a position which will enable them to deal with problems of reconstruction

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Presentation

Each student will be asked to give a 15-minute oral presentation (+5 minutes of discussion time) on their dissertation topic. The presentation should contain: • a summary of the project, its aims and its methods • a progress report • a more detailed presentation of one or more aspects, which deserve special philological attention (including problems and challenges as yet unresolved) • what you have left to do: next stages

10
ESSAY Methodology Essay

Short essay on editorial methodology; a question is given in week 5 (module booklet)

10
Written assignment, including essay Edition

See module handbook for more details.

While written submissions can be measured easily in words, there is no simple yardstick that suits editions of all kinds. As a rule of thumb, 10 credits are normally equivalent to 100 bars of a work of ‘average’ complexity.

PLEASE NOTE: A single source project (unless that source is highly corrupt and/or incomplete and thus requiring an extended amount of editorial intervention or reconstruction) is a transcription. A transcription is not a critical edition in and of itself. Thus, most single-source projects are not suitable for an Edition project. An extended transcription plus commentary is better addressed (in terms of learning outcomes) under the Dissertation module. You thus typically need at least two sources; the more complex the relationship the better. It is essential to discuss any concerns you may have with the module coordinator in the first instance.

80

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Individual Project

Individual supervisions with an allocated supervisor, amounting to a minimum total duration of 6 hours. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange supervisions.

6
Private study

Including preparation for seminars and all assessments.

289
Seminar

Five seminars (four during Semester 1 - weeks 2, 4, 6, 9; one in semester 2, tbc).

In addition, one or more peer-review sessions may be held in semester 2.

5

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • 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.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • 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

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • 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-3282.html

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: