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Unit information: Advanced Technical Studies in 2023/24

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Unit name Advanced Technical Studies
Unit code MUSIM0042
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Scott
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The unit continues and develops students' education in music theory, style analysis and pastiche composition beyond the undergraduate first and second year 'Technical Studies' units. The unit explores a specific historical/stylistic repertoire from Western music history in three different ways:

  • Through the exploration of the musical material and compositional procedures of the music of that repertoire;
  • through the analysis of representative pieces or movements;
  • through pastiche exercises in the style in question.

The choice of period and repertoire may change from year to year, and either builds on Technical Studies at level C, or widens the range of students' technical experience through the exploration of repertoires further away from the 'common-practice period' (medieval, renaissance or early baroque music; styles of Western popular music). Unit aims: This unit aims to introduce students to the study of musical material, compositional procedures, style analysis and pastiche composition and/or improvisation of a repertoire in greater detail than our levels 4 and 5.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: 1. understand the range of musical material (with regard to features such as harmony, rhythm, melody, polyphony, voice-leading, texture, phrase structure) typical for the repertoire in question; 2. understand typical ways of developing basic musical material into extended, coherent musical structures; 3. understand the relation between the surface of the musical style in question to underlying structural principles; 4. analyse pieces of movements with regard to their use of musical material and structures; 5. compose pastiche pieces/movements or improvisations in the style in question.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including seminars, tutorials, and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Four coursework exercises, two of which count towards the coursework mark. All exercises, however, must be completed and handed in on time for the award of credit points. At the end of the unit: an extended final assignment. The final mark for the unit will be reached in the following way:

  • Two coursework exercises: 25% each
  • Extended final assignment: 50%

Successful attainment of learning outcomes 1-2 (see below) will enable students to demonstrate learning outcomes 4 and 5.


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