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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Music


Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap Location Durham


  • MUSI1211


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To build on and develop first-year work in musical techniques; to provide students with the opportunity to gain a more advanced understanding of the harmonic vocabulary, styles and compositional techniques employed by a variety of key historical figures working between 1730-1890, as well as to undertake more complex and sophisticated tasks.


  • The range of topics covered in any one year may include (but will not necessarily be restricted to) the following: (a) eighteenth-century harmonic counterpoint (including invertible counterpoint); (b) canonic techniques; (c) advanced chromatic harmony; (d) realisation of song accompaniments for keyboard in a variety of nineteenth-century idioms; (e) motets; (f) composition of short keyboard pieces in binary, ternary or five-part forms.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will acquire a more advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of harmony and counterpoint, as well as the ways in which composers employed these resources during the historical period specified. A particular focus will be placed on the systematic exploration of the resources of chromatic harmony as explored by a range of historical figures from Bach to Brahms.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will develop a more advanced understanding of musical styles and an insight into the craft of composition during the historical period in question.
Key Skills:
  • Students will acquire a more sophisticated competence in advanced techniques employed by composers during this historical period, gaining practical experience through regular assignments in pastiche composition.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The teaching is delivered through weekly lectures and regular tutorials/seminars. Students will be asked to submit regular formative exercises. The summative assessments will comprise two portfolios of exercises, each weighted at 50% of the total mark.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 21 weekly 1 hr 21
Tutorials/Seminars 10 fornightly 30 minutes 5
Reading and Preparation 174

Summative Assessment

Component: Portfolio 1 Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
A portfolio of exercises 100% Yes
Component: Portfolio 2 Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
A portfolio of exercises 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular formative exercises

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University