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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MUSS3440 Editing and Source Studies
40 creditsClass Size: 20
Module manager: Dr Bryan White
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
|MUSS2420||Notation and Editing|
Module replacesMUSI3520 Minor Editing and Source StudiesMUSI3540 Major Editing and Source Studies
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThis module introduces students to finding and using musical and textual sources (manuscripts, printed books, letters and other documents) in the study of music.
The handling, transcribing and understanding of source material is used to inform and develop more advanced studies in music editing. Students will be exposed to a range of musicological methodologies, and will take an interdisciplinary approach to interpreting source material, calling upon, for example, historical, literary, sociological and cultural studies in interpreting sources.
On completion students will demonstrate a range of editorial practices for dealing with music and text, and will demonstrate ability to find and assess a range of primary and secondary sources. They should be able to demonstrate this knowledge through practical exercises and essays (e.g. editing assignments, biographical writing, source description and interpretation), presenting their work in an appropriately clear and organised fashion.
The practice of editing (both text and music), taking appropriate examples from a range of historical periods:
- description of manuscripts, including introductions to paper studies, book production and the study of bindings;
- the techniques needed for the evaluation of the repertoires of particular manuscripts, including the making of inventories and the tracing of concordances;
- analysis of musical handwriting, and the techniques needed for the identification of the copyists of particular manuscripts;
- the techniques needed for the investigation of the historical context of manuscripts, including research into the biographies of particular copyists;
- the more advanced study of printed music, including an introduction to the analysis of musical typography and engraving, the dating of undated prints, the bibliographical problems surrounding variant editions, and the study of music publishers and their output;
- the more advanced techniques needed to edit music from several sources, and from corrupt or difficult sources;
- the introduction of a range of approaches to source studies (eg literary, cultural, sociological and ethnomusicological methods).
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||378.50|
|Total Contact hours||21.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||400.00|
Private study8 hours preparation per seminar (80 hours)
5 hours preparation per tutorial (15 hours)
Research and preparation of editorial tasks (35 hours each)
Research and preparation of final project (114.5 hours)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackIndividual tasks set weekly or biweekly often supported by the VLE and online resources. These assignments will be discussed in seminars to provide formative feedback; students submit tasks that test this knowledge in the portfolio, which will be returned with feedback and marks before the submission of the final project. Tutorials for students to receive personalized feedback and to explore issues addressed in seminars and coursework.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Editorial task 1 - equivalent c. 1500 words||13.00|
|Project||Editing Project (equivalent to 6,000-7000 words).||60.00|
|Assignment||Editorial task 2 - equivalent c. 1500 words||13.00|
|Assignment||Editorial task 3 - equivalent c. 1500 words||14.00|
|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: 02/05/2018
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