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MU1035: KEY MOMENTS 1 (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course covers five key moments from Western music history, giving students both a clear and broad grasp of the shape of musical, cultural and intellectual history along with much more detailed studies of individual musical works.

The coverage will not be encyclopaedic and will instead seek to help students develop a sense of a musical period through more engaged explorations of a small number of key musical works. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Edward Campbell

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Music (MU) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MU1053 Survey of Western Art Music:900 to Present Day (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims
To combine breadth and depth in introducing students to five key moments in the development of Western music.

To introduce students to appropriate but challenging scholarly reading and writing, including referencing sources and generating bibliographies.

Main Learning Outcomes

Students will develop:

  • a deeper knowledge and understanding of key musical periods, composers and works
  • basic music-analytical skills in approaching a range of works from different historical periods. Analytical skills at this stage would not be formal.
  • more critical and evaluative responses to musical works, recognising alternative scholarly perspectives on given musical periods, composers and works.
  • more finely nuanced academic writing skills.
  • the capacity to research topics musicological topics alone and with others and to present their findings in written and oral forms.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

One 2000-word essay from a list of topics related to the content of the lectures/seminars (60%).

Researching, preparation and delivery of 4 out of 5 short group presentations (10% each) (40%).


One 2000-word essay from a list of topics related to the content of the lectures/seminars (resit for the essay).

One 2000-word essay from a list of topics related to the content of the lectures/seminars (resit for the presentation).

Formative Assessment

All students will be expected to read key texts, listen to identified musical compositions and to have studied related musical scores.
All students will be expected to participate in discussion following from their reading and the class presentations.


Feedback to the student presentations will be given orally in class by the lecturer and on a feedback form.
Feedback to the essays will be written on scripts
A feedback form will be appended to each essay with explicit next steps for further development.
Additional feedback will be available on request.

Course Learning Outcomes


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