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Early Music

Course Description

This course is available in Standard Track and in Special Track.

The course (Standard Track) allows students to specialise in music of the medieval and early modern periods. Typically this area will be explored through a combination of different perspectives, such as historical musicology, editorial musicology, sacred music studies.

This will be supported by broader look at the methodological foundation of the discipline as a whole through the core module in musicology (WMP4041 Current Musicology, 30 credits).

The programme is divided into two parts: two semesters of taught study (Part 1, 120 credits) and a substantial independent piece of work in the main area, produced over the summer (Part 2, 60 credits).

Part 1 is centred on the Principal Subject module (WMM4044, 40 credits) in Early Music. It lays the foundations of a Part 2 project in the same area.

WMP4052: Preparing for the Part 2 project (10 credits) acts as a bridge between Parts 1 and 2.

An additional 40 credits will be gained through submissions in other fields through either one Major Open Submission (WXM4046, 40 credits) or two Minor Open Submissions (WMP4047 and WMP4048, 20 credits each). Students can select from a number of subject areas related to early music, including:

Historical Musicology
Editorial Musicology
or the interdisciplinary modules:

HPH4018 Medieval Latin (20 credits)
QXE4032 Advanced Latin for Postgraduates (20 credits)
QXE-4025 Manuscript and Printed Books (20 credits)
Subject-specific teaching is provided through a combination of individual tuition and seminar session in small groups. Within each of the chosen subject areas, students can identify their own projects, for which they will receive expert supervision.

Course Structure
Part 1 (Diploma):

In addition to the Principal Subject, in which the student specialises; up to three additional subjects (each with a focus on music before 1700) can be studied.

(Total of 120 credits)

Part 2 (MA):

Normally consists of a dissertation or critical edition.

(60 credits)

Compulsory modules:

Standard Track

Principal Subject: Early Music (40 Credits).
Compulsory Core Module: Current Musicology (30 credits)
Open submission: to be chosen from the optional modules (40 credits)
Preparing for the Part Two Project (10 credits)
(Total of 120 credits)

Special Track

Principal Subject: Early Music (60 credits)
Compulsory Core Module: Current Musicology (30 credits)
Independent Special Study (must be in the same area as the Principal Subject) (20 credits)
Preparing for the Part Two Project (10 credits)
(Total of 120 credits)

Optional modules:

Standard Track:

Open Submissions (40 or 20 credits) are chosen from the following areas (with emphasis on music before 1700):

Historical Musicology; Editorial Musicology; Analysis; ELCOS Language Skills (20 credits, international students only).
Additionally, modules can be chosen from interdisciplinary programmes offered within the College of Arts and Humanities, as long as the emphasis is on history before 1700 (e.g. Manuscripts & Printed Books).

Visit the Early Music page on the Bangor University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First degree at British Bachelor’s standard: 2.i or equivalent.English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers): IELTS overall result of 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5.Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (25-30 minutes).Musicologists and composers may be asked to submit samples of their work.

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