Module Overview

Music Philosophy and Criticism 1

Building on the History of Music survey course completed in Stage 2 and in conjunction with the Studies in Music History and Performance Practice modules in Stages 3 and 4, the Music Philosophy and Criticism modules offer students an opportunity to explore four topics (six weeks per topic over two semesters) on the development of music historiography and the philosophy of music. A range of topics will be offered each year drawing on staff research and specialisms. A key feature of the module is to develop students’ critical reading skills and the ability to assess and evaluate a range of (sometimes) divergent views.

Core: Stage 3 Musicology

Option: Yes – available in Stage 3. This module is also suitable for students on other programmes.

Module Code

MUSG 3922

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

The following is a sample, but not exhaustive, list of topics: Contextual Studies (social, cultural, political); The Musical Canon (periodisation, reception history, authenticity); Recent Developments in Musicology and the Philosophy of Music (genre, cultural theory, gender studies, aesthetics).

Each 6-week topic commences with a lecture followed by five tutorials in which students discuss set readings/texts.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100