Exploring a range of topics in Western music of the common era from the middle ages to the renaissance and baroque, this module will also allow you to develop your academic writing skills. Lectures introduce major cultural and historical topics such as worship and belief, technology and virtuosity, and drama and spectacle, exploring how they relate to styles and genres of the period. Seminars provide opportunities to discuss topics such as gender and worship, music in medical and scientific thought, and approaches to musical theatre in the early modern period and today. Practical experimentation with Renaissance improvisation and demonstrations of early instruments provide opportunities for hands-on experience with early music styles and techniques, and discussion of the historical performance practice movement introduces you to crucial questions about how early modern repertoire is heard today. These sessions are geared for all music students and do not require any previous experience in performing early music.