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MUSI6036 Artists and Repertoires

Module Overview

This module introduces you to questions of genre, style, voice types, ensembles, venues, audiences and repertories that will be key for managing your career and that of others. How many musicians do you need to make an orchestra? When was the first public concert opened to a paying audience and how did that change the repertory being consumed by audiences and produced by composers? How is Asian pop music changing the global pop market? What is the impact of the X-factor on the way musicians across the world want to train today? Why is Italian opera such an important component of the global live music market?

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to make you aware of issues of repertory, specialism, image, location and technology that shape successful performing careers • to give you a good understanding of musical genres, styles, and repertories in historical contexts as well as today • to allow you to engage in conversations with artists from diverse backgrounds, understanding their specialism - including questions of voice range, instrument, historical background of their repertory, intended audience.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • genres, styles, voice types, instrumental ensembles and their repertories
  • markets, audiences and venues for musical performance
  • how the most popular musical genres and styles originated and their role in their historical contexts as well as in today's market
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be able to identify genre, ensemble, singer, type of artist.
  • be able to discuss genre, ensemble, artist, in a historical context as well as today
  • manage the practicalities of organising an event, including choosing appropriate repertory, venue and audience
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct research and find information on a given topic
  • be able to express your thoughts clearly and concisely


A series of seminar discussions and workshops, which may deal with the following: • Aspects of performance practice, including questions of voice types, instruments, bands, ensembles and their repertories • Style: selection, creation, rejection. • Venues, audiences, repertories and their interdependence in historical context as well as today • World pop: Politics and self-fashioning, the Global X-factor

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • seminars • tutorials Learning activities include • individual study/ research • workshops

Independent Study276
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Juslin, Patrik N. (2019). Musical Emotions Explained. Unlocking the Secrets of Musical Affect.. 

Steinberg, Michael (2008). Choral Masterworks. A Listener's Guide.. 

Beng Huat Chua, Koichi Iwabuchi (2008). East Asian Pop Culture: Analysing the Korean Wave. 

Jampol, Joshua. Living Opera. 

Mordden, Ethan (1986). A Guide to Orchestral Music. The Handbook for Non-Musicians.. 

Steinberg, Michael (1999). The Concerto. A Listener's Guide.. 

Martin Iddon, ‎Melanie L. Marshall (2014). Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture. 

Fletcher, Peter (2001). World Musics in Context. 

Allen Chun, Ned Rossiter, Brian Shoesmith (2015). Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos, and Aesthetic Industries. 


Assessment Strategy

The in-class test will assess your ability to recognise musical genres, ensembles, bands and repertories, as well as voice types, genres and musical styles, identifying their main features. This test will include listening identification, multiple choice and short answers. The final exam will ask you to engage critically with the material covered during the semester, discussing venues, audiences, repertoires and their interaction in historical context as well as today; it will also test your ability to conduct research and find information on a given topic, expressing your thoughts clearly and concisely through short essays/answers.


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (90 minutes) 60%
In-class Test  (60 minutes) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.


Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. Current printing and copying costs can be found here. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Printing for Students The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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