Writing and Repertoire

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writing and Repertoire

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing, Music

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    An ability to read music fluently, identify key signatures and rhythmic notation and an
    understanding of the rudiments of functional tonal harmony.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    In this module, writing and research skills will be developed including CV writing and
    employability skills. The development of musical ideas through the study of a range of
    topics spanning the history of Western music from the Medieval to the present day. The
    evolution of music history and compositional philosophies will be explored focusing on
    the analysis of specific compositions and examining current issues in musicology.

    AUTUMN SEMESTER: Introducing writing skills for music + development of music to
    Classical period

    SPRING SEMESTER: Writing skills continued + development of music from classical to 20th
    Century music.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Why we write about music.
    ? The historical and cultural context of music and music-making.
    ? Academic writing style and research skills.
    ? Different styles of writing including CV writing skills
    ? The development of musical form in western art music
    ? The evolution of selected musical genres and concepts from Medieval to
    present day which might include: cantus firmus, counterpoint, canon,
    sonata form, modality, tonality, atonality, serialism, postmodernism.
    ? The analysis of musical structures with a focus on tonal music.
    ? The development of students? aural perception.
    ? The development of texture and style in music.
    ? The relationship between the past and the present and an examination of
    postmodern thought.

    Teaching: Lectures and discussion-based seminars

    Folio which may consist of:
    ? A short analytical case study
    ? 2500 word (approx) Essay
    ? Online Quiz
    STUDY OPTION 2 OR STUDY OPTION 3: alternative assessment

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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