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MUSI6036 Artists and Repertoires

Module Overview

This module introduces you to the past and present of the international music industry. It focuses on infrastructure (artists, repertoires, distribution channels etc.) in order to help you understand the consumption of music as a practice on a global scale, and prepare you manage your own career and that of others. Indicative case studies will be drawn from (for instance) genres such as Western Art Music (including orchestral, chamber and operatic repertoires), jazz, pop, musical theatre and folk/traditional music as they are practiced all over the world. Where chosen repertories have a long history this will be taken into account, including the ways in which kinds of music and musical practices have moved from one part of the world to another. Questions we may ask include: Has opera always been a “loss-maker”? How has the music of Beethoven been received across the 20th Century in East Asia? What is the nature of the symphony orchestra as an institution? What goes into a successful chamber music concert? 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? What goes into a successful Broadway or West-End musical? How is the world-wide web changing the reception of all of these repertories?

Aims and Objectives

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
  • design and plan for the practicalities of organising musical events, 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 communicate your ideas clearly and concisely


Topics could include: - From the opera in 17th C. Venice to Turandot in the Forbidden City. The business of art music (past and present) - Beethoven in contemporary East Asia - The symphony orchestra as workplace: 19th-century institution or postmodern collective? - Classical chamber music: the “gig economy” since 1800? - The Asian Pop phenomenon - The global talent show: how the X-Factor has changed the music business - Three tenors everywhere: why does Italian opera sell so well? - The 21st Century Musical - Napster and after: file sharing, web platforms and the business of music

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - lecture - seminar - tutorials - workshops - masterclasses - guest lectures Learning activities include - independent study/ research - workshops - peer learning

Independent Study264
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Small, Christopher (1999). Musicking: The Meanings of Performance and Listening. 

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

Jampol, Joshua. Living Opera. 

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

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

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

Taylor, Tim (1997). Global Pop: World Music, World Markets. 

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

Cook, Nicholas (1998). Music: A Very Short Introduction. 

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

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


Assessment Strategy

A Playlist (1000 words) will give you an opportunity to reflect on your music taste, your preferences and your knowledge of a broad repertory. It will also give you a chance to think about how to design music programmes. The essay (2000 words, topic to be agreed with module lead) will ask you to engage critically with the material covered during the semester, discussing venues, audiences, repertoires and their interaction in present and historical contexts; it will also assess your ability to write confidently, authoritatively and independently about a wide variety of musical genres, and to conduct your own research on the topics covered in the module using multiple professional resources. The in-class test will assess your ability to conduct research and find information on a given topic, expressing your thoughts clearly and concisely through short definitions of key terms. The in-class test will also include a listening element to assess your knowledge of the musical styles and genres covered in class.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 50%
Short essay /assignment  (1000 words) 30%
Timed Assignment 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 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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