MUSI457-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Studies in Music History

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


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%

All assessments are due at 4.00 pm on the specified date.  Students must submit a hard copy, including an official School of Music assignment cover page,  to the assignment drop-box in the School of Music foyer.  Assignment pages can be found in the School of Music foyer, and can also be downloaded from LEARN.

The contribution to class discussion includes contribution to discussion in lectorials, and completion of readings and preparatory exercises (including short written passages).  Students are expected to attend and make an active contribution to all lectorials.

Course links

Library portal


Use of Technology
This course assumes that you have sufficient IT skills to use a computer confidently to access material for your course. Your written work should be submitted typed. You will be required to access Learn. Learn provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:

A+  90–100;    A   85–89;    A-  80–84;    B+   75–79;    B 70–74;    B-   65–69;     C+  60–64;     C  55–59;     C- 50–54;     D  40–49;   E  0–39

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,066.00

* 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

  • MUSI457-21W (C) Whole Year 2021