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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MUSS2420 Notation and Editing
20 creditsClass Size: 33
Module manager: Dr Bryan White
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
Pre-requisite qualificationsNormally MUSS1020 (students must read notation and have a good understanding of tonal music theory)
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryIn 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.
ObjectivesTo 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.
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.
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.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study4 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 FeedbackPractice 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
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||transcription 1 equivalent to c. 1000 words||20.00|
|Project||edition equivalent to c. 2000 words||40.00|
|Assignment||transcription 2 equivalent to c. 1000 words||20.00|
|Assignment||transcription 3 equivalent to c. 1000 words||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 03/07/2018
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