MUT 3207 – Critical Score Reading
Instructor: Dr. Kawai Shiu
Office: Studio 17, 3rd floor
Lecture: Tuesday 9:00- 10:50 am
Group Tutorial: Wesday 9:00- 10:50 am
An in-depth study of musical scores from diverse repertories with regard to performance mediums and historical periods in order to deepen the understanding of music. This module aims at surveying analytically a wide selection of musical works in order to further develop the students’ analytical skills of music especially in relation to performances, including understanding structural designs, discovering textual meaning, and projecting merited interpretations.
All listening materials are available in the Naxos Online Music Library.
Other reserved materials can be found at the Conservatory Music Library as assigned
A portfolio of assignments is due at the end of the semester during the final exam week. No late submission will be accepted as a component of the final grade without official excuses. All hand-written work must be clearly legible. All typed work and must meet the instructor’s requirements.
Grades of the assignments are given according to the students’ understanding of the assignments, creative and intelligent inputs, and neatness of presentations. Assignments not meeting these requirements will receive reduced grades or be returned for no credit, depending on the severity.
Quizzes mayl be given as part of the assessment. They will include materials selected from the texts, written and listening assignments, and discussions in class. Grades will be given.
Make up quizzes will not be accepted without an official excuse. Those with an official excuse must make up an in class make up quiz on the day after the excused absence. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor. Students failing to do so will receive a “Zero” grade for the missing quiz. NUS policies and procedures do not allow students to make up final exams without special administrative permission.
Students should prepare for the class by reading the required texts, listening to the assigned music, and preparing questions about the topics to be discussed during class and tutorial.
Positive class participation includes being attentive and intellectually alert, answering questions from the instructor and fellow classmates, and raising issues concerning the subjects. In general, good class participation creates dynamic and stimulating learning environment for all participants.
Students will NOT be penalized by disagreeing with the instructor based on intellectual and artistic conviction different from the instructor, asking “too many” questions, or presenting criticisms in a constructive manner.
Classroom disruptions include, but are not limited to, entering or exiting class during class time without an emergency, eating in class, using mobile phones, speaking disrespectfully toward others, using profanity, and using languages other than English. Each student is allowed two warnings; after two warnings you will be referred to a disciplinary hearing.
NUS publications, guidelines, and consequences govern all matters pertaining to academic integrity. Please see the documents listed in the Student Handbook and the eModule on Plagiarism: http://emodule.nus.edu.sg/plagiarism/.
Also see the “NUS Honour Code” NUS Bulletin p. 17
**If you have questions or concerns related to this course including course workload, homework, assignments, readings, etc, please discuss them directly with the lecturer and/or group instructor.
MUT 2118 Schedule
Week 1 Preliminary Lecture/Class Administration
Week 2 Music Unfolding I
Week 3 Music Unfolding II
Week 4 Music Unfolding III
Week 5 Observing Structure I
Week 6 Observing Structure II
Week 7 Observing Structure III
Week 8 Textual Understanding I
Week 9 Textual Understanding II
Week 10 Textual Understanding III
Week 11 Reading to Staging
Week 12 Presentation
Week 13 Deepavali
Final Week Final Project/Assignment Portfolio Due