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Unit information: Dissertation in 2020/21

Unit name Dissertation
Unit code MUSIM1000
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Scheding
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

For the final project, students will research and submit a dissertation or critical edition on a research topic or work agreed with the supervisor. The dissertation should be 15,000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. For a critical edition, you should provide a transcription of a substantial corpus of music from any repertoire, together with scholarly preface and/or commentary (in the style of a Musica Britannica edition) of around 5,000 words.

You will receive a maximum of six hours of one-to-one supervision with your tutor throughout Teaching Block 2. Tutors will look at sample drafts and chapters during the summer vacation and advise where necessary, but they will not read the final submission in its entirety.

Intended learning outcomes

This module measures general learning outcomes for the MA in Music as follows:

(1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of editorial techniques relevant to the notation of ‘early’ music and their reproduction in modern form; methodologies for the interpretation of primary source materials in relation to contexts such as compositional process and performance practice; sketch studies including works by living composers

(2) Demonstrate a detailed awareness of certain repertoires, verbally and in writing, by means of historical, critical or analytical investigation

(3) Synthesize a broad range of material (sometimes of a complex nature) and present the findings coherently, demonstrating a professional level of competence in appropriate bibliographic skills

(4) Demonstrate familiarity with a range of methodologies (including those imported from other disciplines)

(5) Display a sincerity of belief in particular ideas and methodologies, yet retaining a sympathy for and tolerance towards alternatives

(6) Be able to identify subtly different shades of interpretation and display sensitivity towards the consequences of their application

(7) As appropriate, to apply the various methodologies introduced in the historical, critical, analytical and editorial strands of the programme in the researching and presentation of an extended dissertation on an approved topic

(8) As a Russian Music or Medieval Music pathway student, to be able to situate their study of music in a wider context, showing a broad understanding of the relevant cultural history and major issues in studying the musical repertoire

(9) experience in seeing a project through from conception to planning, blueprint realisation, and execution

Teaching details

One-to-one supervision

Assessment Details

(a) 15,000 word dissertation, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Successful attainment of outcome (9) will enable the student to demonstrate (2)-(5), (7) and (where relevant) (8). A successful dissertation will also embody (6).

OR

(b) For a critical edition, you should provide a transcription of a substantial corpus of music from any repertoire, together with scholarly preface and/or commentary (in the style of a Musica Britannica edition) of around 5,000 words. Outcome (1) is strongly measured in this assessment, which draws on (7) as well, relying on (9). Outcomes (2)-(4) will be demonstrated. A successful edition will also show outcome (6)

Reading and References

dependent on topic

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