Genres and Composers C
Genres and Composers C 2024-25
School of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
This module offers students the opportunity to explore an area of music related to staff research interests in detail. Students will participate in a weekly lecture and seminar, as well as a student-led study group designed to build your confidence in understanding the topic and the associated reading making you better prepared for classroom discussions. The topic offered in this module changes each year and arise from staff research expertise and interests. Some topics deal with specific composers and / or genres (such as 'Beethoven and the String Quartet' or 'The Beatles'), while others look across several genres – classical and popular (such as 'Music and Censorship'). Taking this module you will learn a variety of skills in critical thinking and analysis, debate, communication, research and collaboration. There are two assessments. The first is a presentation (which may be on a single topic or as part of a themed debate), the second is a short essay (which may be presented as a podcast script).
The choice of topic(s) varies from year to year. The following list is indicative of the variety of options that may be available across Genres & Composers A and C. It is not exhaustive. Typically one option is available each year.
• Beethoven and the String Quartet • From Dufay to Josquin • Ligeti • Michael Nyman • Minimalism / Postminimalism • Mozart • Music and Censorship • Music Revivals • Opera: Monteverdi to Mozart • Stockhausen • The 19th-Century Symphony / The 20th-Century Symphony • The Beatles • The Violin in World Culture • Three Contemporary Welsh Composers: Metcalfe, Samuel and Barrett • Tonality Today
Third Class: D- to D+ (40%–49%) The crucial achievement is demonstration of a basic grasp of what the topic is about, and the sort of material involved. However, the mark will be limited to this level by such things as: mere repetition of information without demonstration of real understanding; confusion of argument which indicates a failure to properly understand the material; inability to distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant; inability to grasp ideas; inclusion of factual errors; seriously defective bibliographical or footnoting skills; poor expression; oral reticence; scrappy presentation.
Lower Second Class: C- to C+ (50%–59%) The main quality which warrants marks in this category is the amassing of a reasonable body of relevant material drawn from a fairly wide range of reading or other forms of information retrieval, sorted into a coherent order and expressed intelligibly. Qualities which limit the mark to this level are: incoherent arguments, or argument which is defective in some way; limited or defective bibliography or footnotes; limited understanding of ideas or argument; limited evidence of a broad knowledge and understanding of the topic; limited engagement with negotiating and renegotiating ideas in oral discussion; limited evidence of serious thought, as opposed to straightforward diligence.
Upper Second Class: B- to B+ (60%–69%) The distinguishing quality is the ability to construct focused argument which is properly evidenced. The work will therefore probably demonstrate the ability to understand the discussion of a work of art and to apply that knowledge to different works; the conveyance of a general knowledge and understanding of the topic as a whole, and of a more detailed knowledge and understanding of specific areas; competent bibliographical and footnoting skills; effective communication of ideas and argument; ability to see problems and contradictions within source reading; thoughtful contribution to oral discussion; skills in observation and analysis. Upper Second Class work may contain many of the same qualities which apply in First Class work, but they will be demonstrated at a less independent level, or the work may be outstanding in one First-class characteristic but significantly deficient in another.
First Class: A- and A (70%–83%) The distinguishing quality is evidence of real intellectual and independent thought in a sustained discussion. Work at this level will probably demonstrate initiative in carrying out research beyond the obvious sources; ability to evaluate critically sources used; sustained and coherent discussion; articulate expression in speaking and writing; ability to bring together material from disparate sources; observational and analytical skills of a high order; the ability to employ knowledge to illuminate musical texts; indications of wide knowledge beyond the narrow confines of the topic addressed; the ability to lead oral discussion; ability to identify and rigorously confront problems in the topic, contradictions in texts, or lacunae in available evidence.
First Class: A+ to A** (84%–100%) Work at this level is highly original and of a standard that attains or closely approaches professional standards. The work will demonstrate in a consistent manner all of the features listed in the A-/A (70%-83%) category, and will be of such a quality that it either stands up to publication or broadcast in its submitted state or has the potential for publication or broadcast with presentational amendments.
- Analyse ideas and concepts arising from scholarly literature relating to specific subjects in music history and culture, and be able to evaluate this in relation to wider knowledge.
- Apply advanced skills of musical analysis, source-based research, critical thinking, and conceptual thinking in relation to the music studied.
- Communicate ideas about the music studied in a manner commensurate with professional musicological protocols.
Presentation: these are to be given during the semester in the seminars on a date agreed with the module tutor. Typically a list of topics will be provided at the start of the module.
Essay: a list of topics will be given in the module handbook, available from the start of the semester