MUSC4105 Music, Aesthetics and Criticism

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Music [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content
This unit introduces students to the nature and development of aesthetics in Western art music. It covers the work of the classical theorists as well as that of more recent and contemporary scholars. The unit investigates the role of art theory (aesthetics) and its application to music, its historical development, and place within contemporary intellectual culture. Central questions in the unit relate to musical meaning and the creation of aesthetic value—What are the key themes and theories of aesthetics and criticism in general, and in music in particular? What is the relationship between music and the listener in various historical, social and cultural contexts?
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) outline significant developments and moments relating to the study of aesthetics in general and, more specifically, to Western art music; (2) situate debates pertaining to music aesthetics and music criticism within wider historical, social and cultural contexts; and (3) apply theoretical knowledge in the preparation of individual research assignments.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) research essays; and (3) presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Ashley Smith
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
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