Musicology: scientific methods and practice

lmusi1100  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Musicology: scientific methods and practice
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
22.5 h
Q1 and Q2
Van Wymeersch Brigitte;
Main themes
Students will be taught the vocabulary and techniques of Musicology. They will learn how to carry out heuristic research and draw up a bibliography for a given subject. They will be introduced to methodologies for studying musicological documents and musical works. They will also study the major stages in the development of Musicology and current musicological issues, a background which should enable them to take a critical view of their own research.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

This course introduces students to all aspects of musicology research, including terminology, methods and heuristic principles, bibliographic references, describing and analyzing musicological documents, writing, illustrating and presenting a piece of scientific musicological research. This introduction is contextualised within the framework of the evolution of musicology from the past to the present day.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled 'Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit'.
This course teaches students the history of and current issues in Musicology. It also teaches them about heuristic research methods and musicology research tools. It describes the major reference works on which all research is based and the vast national and international archives. Students are shown how a critical approach can be applied to a number of representative works. They are introduced to musicological work through seminars, library visits and practical work.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course includes lectures and practical sessions.
Attendance at practical sessions is compulsory.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The assessment consists of two modes : continuous evaluation (60%) and final exam (40%).
The continuous evaluation includes individual work throughout the year (reading sheets, heursitic ords, comments on founding texts, vocabulary, etc.) and knowledge tests on the theoretical part.
Non-submission of practical work will lead to a failure of the whole course.
Other information
This course is compulsory for students on the Minor in Musicology.
Des indications bibliographiques sont données lors du cours et mentionnées sur le site Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Musicology

Certificat universitaire en musicologie (fondements)

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology