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MUSI6024 Individually Negotiated Topic 1

Module Overview

In-depth study of a specific area in music analysis, history or theory.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• develop and polish skills of investigation, methodology, synthesis and presentation for musicological study • undertake intermediary-level, closely supervised research in preparation for larger- scale dissertation and performance projects

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a specific topic in music analysis, history or critical theory chosen by you in collaboration with the MMus Coordinator and specialist tutors
  • analytical and investigative methods appropriate to the topic of your choice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan and execute a research project within a limited time frame
  • organize and manage basic research tasks, which may include reading and analysing a wide range of secondary literature
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • structure a research project in music history, critical theory or analysis
  • evaluate secondary literature in the field of your topic
  • determine appropriate modes of presenting the results of your research


In-depth study of a specific area in music analysis, history or theory. Subject areas are chosen in collaboration with the MMus Coordinator, and content is negotiated individually between you and the tutor whose expertise most closely matches your interests. Module content and assessment modes are agreed by the end of the second week of the semester in which the course is taken and recorded on the student’s course selection form (returned to the MMus Coordinator). This module provides students with a short, highly supervised ‘bite’ of research on a topic of their choosing (within the range of topic for which the Department can provide expert supervision). It can be used to replace a subject- specific module in each of the three MMus pathways (Musicology, Composition, Performance) if such a replacement is advisable in order to prepare your for your final work (dissertation, composition portfolio, professional recital). Examples of topics undertaken in this module include: • Late Mozart and early Beethoven piano concerto first movements • Walton’s Violin Concerto in reflection of the crisis of modernity • Perceptual segmentation in Iannis Xenakis’ Keren • Hybridity and the expression of Jewish-American identity • Genesis: Dialectics of continuity and change, 1970–1993 • Music and autism: Music therapy aiding communicating for people with autism

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • independent or small group tutorials Learning activities include • individual study/research • managing and writing up a project Tutorials with your INT supervisor will help you to choose your project and manage your research over the semester. Discussion of your reading and/or listening will sharpen your evaluative skills. Your knowledge and understanding of your topic will develop through independent study and feedback from tutorials, and will be assessed in your project work for the module.

Independent Study276
Total study time300


Assessment Strategy

? verbal feedback from the tutor in optional, one-to-one, meetings during his/her office hours or by appointment, including feedback on essay plans


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (6000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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