Research & Bibliography in Historical Musicology

Course Number: 385*/3.0 3S (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Instructor(s): Dr. Clara Marvin

Term(s): B

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 10.00-11.30, W: 8.30-10.00

Room: GGSR

Calendar Description

An introduction to the discipline of historical musicology, its literature and methodology. Students planning to enter graduate programs are strongly advised to enrol. Enrolment is limited.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITES: Third-year standing, and MUSC 103* plus any one of MUSC 203*, MUSC 204* or MUSC 205*; or permission of the School

Additional Information

Research and Bibliography in Historical Musicology is an introduction to the discipline, methods and literature of music history research as they relate primarily to the Western cultural tradition. It is a hands-on examination by the participants of some of the scholarly goals, critical thought, and necessary tasks and skills associated with this discipline. We discuss questions a historian might raise about works or genres of music in their cultural, social, chronological and analytical contexts, and formulate strategies for disciplined and systematic commentary in response to questions. The course works toward the dual goals of developing better knowledge of available resources and improving research and writing techniques.

The course involves the examination of bibliographical media for musical repertory and literature; reference media for cultural and social materials of music, for individual works, genres, and musicians; the history of music printing and publishing; library science as related to music, and types and locations of specialized music libraries; discography and resources for recorded or transcribed performance; businesses and industries associated with music. These tasks are associated with learning to access and use both printed and electronic media.

Participants will present an oral report in class, undertake a ‘problems’ assignment, and create annotated bibliographies [including both an introductory essay and a listing of sources] on an approved topic. A percentage of the final grade will also be assigned on the basis of class attendance and active participation in discussion.

Students planning to enter graduate programmes are strongly advised to enrol in this course. Enrolment is limited.