2017/2018, Semester 2
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 4
Language Skills,Music Criticism,Objective Assessment
This module will investigate the skills involved in both writing and commenting critically about music and look at the various platforms for such criticism (i.e. print and broadcast media, social networking, assessment reportwriting). It will also study how performers and audiences react to criticism and assess its effect on music in performance.
A second-year sequence of modules in either Music History or the history of a related Arts discipline
The module is delivered by means of one 2-hour lecture/tutorial session each week.
Full schedule is available on the Module Handbook found in the Module Workbin on IVLE
This module aims to equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the history, craft, function and reception of music criticism in its diverse forms. It will do this by studying the social history of music reception, investigating the skills involved in both writing and commenting critically about music, and identifying the various platforms for such criticism (ie print and broadcast media, social networking, assessment report-writing). It will also study how performers and audiences react to criticism and assess its effect on music in performance
Supported by a variety of texts and published critical commentaries, the first half of the module covers the history and context of musical criticism and identifies its purpose and function. Philosophical and ethical issues relating to music criticism are discussed as is the changing role of music criticism and its value in relation to contemporary society. The second half of the module is of a more practical nature, and teaches critical skills such as listening, writing and assessing. Relevant vocabularies will be taught while inappropriate and ambiguous terminology highlighted.
Attendance at concerts and recitals as specified during the lectures
Attednance at all Monday Noon Recitals
• Attendance (10%) • Written assignments (90%) o An essay on the History and Development of Music Criticism, with particular reference to the value of Music Criticism on Social Media (750 words) o A “live” concert review (500 words) o A comparative review of two recorded performances of the same work (1200 words) Criteria for assessment will include issues of layout (please refer to the specific module instructions about “Presentation of Written Work”), word count, vocabulary, evidence of critical listening and objective assessment and evidence of appropriate background research. Deadlines will be RIGIDLY ENFORCED and inflexible.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week