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MUSS1815 The Guitar and its Musics

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Stan Erraught
Email: s.erraught@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module traces the development of the guitar, focusing on both its musical and iconographical role in music. The classical, acoustic and electric guitar will all be examined and explored. The importance of the guitar in popular music will be considered through a series of chronological lectures tracing the history of the instrument. The key players, stylistic developments, repertoire and techniques will be illustrated through recorded work and numerous guest performers.Guitarists for analysis will include: John Williams, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Etheridge and Allan Holdsworth.

Objectives

This module aims to explore the various types of guitar. It will consider the classical, acoustic and electric instruments and their respective repertoire. The elective will provide an historical overview of the development of each instrument and the key players often associated with innovation.

The module aims to examine some of the musical language associated with the guitar and its idiomatic framework. It will consider the technological developments and the impact they have made upon the performer and the instrument. The elective will have a series of guest performers who will discuss and demonstrate music on their chosen instrument.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the various types of guitar
- demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of the guitar
- show an appreciation of the different musical genres associated with the three types of guitar that will be studied
- reveal insights into the relationship between the different musical language associated with the instruments.

Skills outcomes
- basic research techniques
- listening skills
- basic analytical skills
- organisational and time management skills.


Syllabus

This module traces the development of the guitar, focusing on both its musical and iconographical role in music. The diverse styles of the classical, acoustic and electric guitar will all be examined and explored.

The syllabus will include development of the instrument, instrument makers, modes, styles and idiomatic writing.

The repertoire of the classical, acoustic and electric guitar will also be considered. Guitar techniques will be studied and illustrated through recordings and live performance.

Musical styles for analysis will include: classical, folk, jazz and rock.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Private study hours89.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Background reading and listening in preparation for lectures: 74 hours
- Revision for the exam: 15 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Class discussion and e-mail contact.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2250-2750 words100.00
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: 16/09/2019

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