MUSI457-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Studies in Music History

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020


Studies in Music History

This course provides students with an overview of different approaches and methodologies in the study of music history and musicology, and affords students an opportunity to put some of these approaches into practice in an individual research project.

• The discipline of musicology:  origins and scope
• Using source materials:  scores, iconography, archives, journals and diaries
• Building and questioning canons
• New approaches:  The 'New musicology'
• Historical ethnomusicology
• Recreating the past:  Musicology and historically-informed performance
• Into the future:  Digital musicology

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who pass this course will:
  •  Be able to evaluate and use various types of primary sources relevant to the study of music history;
  • Be proficient in the use of library resources relevant to the study of music history;
  • Be able to recognise, discuss, and evaluate key scholarly approaches to the study of music;
  • Be able to conduct research in music history with academic supervision;
  • Be able to present research findings in appropriate academic language.


Subject to approval of the Head of School.


MUSI412, MUSI602

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Francis Yapp


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Blog 20%
Essay or Creative Project 20%
Listening Test 10%
Research Project 50%

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,044.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All MUSI457 Occurrences

  • MUSI457-20W (C) Whole Year 2020