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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2420 Notation and Editing

20 creditsClass Size: 33

Module manager: Dr Bryan White
Email: b.white@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally MUSS1020 (students must read notation and have a good understanding of tonal music theory)

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module students explore theories underlying the notation of music, and their practical application in a range of historical periods. The module introduces basic theories of editing and offers students the opportunity to transcribe and edit music from different historical periods using a variety of notational practices.

Objectives

To broaden the student's concept of what notation is and how it works; and to give practice in interpreting and using unfamiliar notations. To introduce the basic theory and practices of editing music and texts.

On completion of this module, students should have broadened their understanding of notation and gained knowledge through specific historical case studies. They should also have understood the concept of an edition (of music or text) and should have a basic understanding of editorial method. They should be able to demonstrate this knowledge through practical exercises (eg transcription and editing assignments) and essays, presenting their work in an appropriately clear and organised fashion.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have broadened their understanding of notation and gained knowledge through specific historical case studies. They will also have understood the concept of an edition (of music or text) and have a basic understanding of editorial method. They will be able to demonstrate this knowledge through practical exercises (e.g. transcription and editing assignments) and essays, presenting their work in an appropriately clear and organised fashion.


Syllabus

An examination of the principles of notation; the use of unfamiliar staves, clefs, note-values, accidentals, etc; tablatures for various instruments; thorough bass realization; a series of case studies on notation from a variety of historical periods; basic principles of editions and editing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar201.0020.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

4 hours preparation/follow-up work per class = 80 hours
Preparation of assessed work = 100 hours (20 hours for each task; 40 hours for the project)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Practice transcriptions set weekly or biweekly.. Students check their work against sample solutions provided by the lecturer, and discuss their work in class. The assignments are designed to give students practical experience in the skills required for assessed tasks. Assessed tasks submitted over the duration of the course receive feedback that informs the approach to the final project.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignmenttranscription 1 equivalent to c. 1000 words20.00
Projectedition equivalent to c. 2000 words40.00
Assignmenttranscription 2 equivalent to c. 1000 words20.00
Assignmenttranscription 3 equivalent to c. 1000 words20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/07/2018

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