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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module is an introduction to the field of classical music dance studies, with a particular focus on contemporary practices. Students will be exposed to a selection of classical music and dance practices in an academic and peformative context, providing them with an insight into some of the diversity of music and dance practices within these traditions. The investigations presented in this module will be particularly informed by the international disciplines of Arts practice research. Students here will also be introduced to responsible and accountable academic and research practices.


This module will act as an introduction to the historical development of Western Art Music from its roots in medieval church and secular music to its contemporary forms. Its historical relationship to traditional musics in Europe and beyond will be discussed. Dance traditions will also be explored, referencing classical, neo-classical, contemporary and post-modern dance artists and practices. The course will include aspects of the history of dance performance in other locations and environments, for example site specific works, choreography for camera and the influence of new technologies on the development of choreography and performance. Students will be develop writing and presentation skills associated with such academic engagement and be introduced to concepts of research as a creative, scholarly practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

- Demonstrate a knowledge of key stylistic trends, genres and their related historical eras - Access an expanded vocabulary relevant to the disciplines - Reference key composers/choreographers - Generate responsible academic writing in an acceptable scholarly style

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

- Explore the connections between music/dance and the larger cultural and historical environment - Demonstrate a basic understanding of the act of historiography - Display a performed understanding of an aspect or aspects of select music and dance practices. - Express their opinions in class discussion - Initiate an engagement with research as a creative scholarly practice

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

reproduce a rudimentary level of embodied performance skills in a context previously unfamiliar to the student.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

This module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and performance based laboratories. It will have traditional academic outcomes supplemented by an arts practice approach, giving the subject area an embodied relevance. As such this module has UL graduate attributes at its core, focusing on knowledge based outputs supplemented with a embodied experience rooted in collaborative creative practice. Students will be able to articulate their understanding of the western art music and dance tradition in a culturally engaged and responsible manner.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Grout, Donald J., Palisca, Claude V. (2001) A History of Western Music , 6th edition. W.W. Norton and Company
Richard Taruskin (2005) The Oxford History of Western Music, vol. 4: Music in the Early Twentieth Century , Oxford: Oxford University Press,
Keith Potter (2000) Four Musical Minimalists , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Schencher, Richard (2002) Performance Studies: An Introduction. , London and New York: Routledge

Other Relevant Texts:

Kealiinohomoku, J. M. W. (1983) An Anthropologist looks at Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance , What is dance? Readings in Theory and Criticism. R. Copeland and M. Cohen, eds. Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp 533-549
Watkins, Glenn (1994) Pyramids at the Louvre: Music, Culture, and Collage from Stravinsky to the Postmodernists , Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, .
Cook, Nicholas (2000) Music: A Very Short Introduction , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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