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MU3021: TANGO MUSIC (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Tango music has undergone huge changes, particularly over the past 50 years or so with composer/performers such as Astor Piazzolla bringing the music of the tango out of milonga halls and into concert halls. The course will cover social, historical and analytical aspects of the music and students will create and perform their own tango music, following an immersion in all aspects of the music.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Peter Stollery

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Music and Communities) or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Education)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students will learn about the origins of tango and its early development by settlers in Buenos Aires, including input from Hispanic Studies on social and historical aspects. They will gain an appreciation of the early pioneers of the genre (Troilo, Pugliese), through the Golden Age of Tango in the 1940s, to Tango Nuevo​ with Piazzolla, Neotango (Bajafondo, Gotan Project) and tango-influenced rock, pop and jazz music. Assessment will be through regular in-class and take-away compositional exercises, a composition assignment devised by the student in conjunciton with the course tutor and a performance event devised by the group for which each student will receive an individual mark for their contribution to the performance (30%) as well as a generic mark for the whole group for the devising of the event (15%).

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

  • Coursework exercises (10%)
  • Composition (45%)
  • Performance (30% + 15%)
  • Coursework
    • New attempt at each failed exercise.
  • Composition
    • Reworking of composition
  • Performance
    • 3000-word essay on aspects of performance in tango music (as it might be difficult for students to get their performing group together during the resit diet)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


  • Coursework
    • students will be given individual and group feedback during classes and also via video conferencing outside classtime.
  • Composition
    • students will be given regular tutorial advice during the creation of the composition and following assessment can meet with the course tutor to discuss the mark.
  • Performance
    • peer group evalUation of the rehearsals will be ongoing throughout the preparation for the performance and feedback from the course tutor will follow the final event.

Course Learning Outcomes


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