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Curricular Unit: Introduction to Music Sciences
Code: LCM003
Cientific Area: Musical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

> Define the premises of scientific work in Music

> Help to understand the social and cultural conditions that led to the formalization of Musical Sciences, within the scope of the Arts and Social Sciences

> Determine the main stages of the historical path of Musical Sciences until today, covering the portuguese context

> Enunciate the disciplines of Musical Sciences and respective areas of study / intervention

> Help to recognize the different types of scientific work on Music and related methodologies

> Assimilate the main conceptual categories associated with the study of Music

> Apply the basic rules for writing a research paper

> Show how to identify information resources (bibliographic, discographic and other), both at national and international levels

> Critically enunciate the possibilities of intersection / interaction between musicological research and musical performance


The Scientific Approach to Music

> Definitions; interdisciplinary implications in the fields of Arts and Social Sciences; historical genesis of Musical Sciences; scope and definition of related disciplines (exp. historical musicology, textual criticism, organology, iconography, musical theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, aesthetics of music, sociology of music, psychology of music, musical acoustics, etc.); music research methodologies and tools.

Musical Taxonomies

> Reference categories (exp. Western classical music, popular music, traditional music, jazz, world music, pop / rock, cinematic soundtrack, etc.); genres (exp. opera, Lied, symphony, concert, string quartet, piano sonata, etc.); forms (exp. binary forms, refrain forms, sonata forms, etc.); classification models for musical instruments (exp. Hornbostel / Sachs).

Research / Areas of Analysis

Historical studies and musical analysis, critical editing of repertoires, research in performance, processes of composition and musical and dramatic creation, music technologies, music industry.

Models of Music writing

Strategies for selecting study objects; artistic sources and contexts of reference; scientific work versus general writing on Music: distinctive aspects. Bibliographic citation. Some practical examples: essays, dissertations, abstracts, critical reviews, program notes, presentations / communications.

Teaching Methodologies

> Lectures on the theoretical subjects based on the key bibliography;

> Critical reading of selected texts with extended discussion in class focusing on the course topics; use and discussion of additional supporting materials, such as CD’s, DVD’ s, journal essays and on-screen presentations.

> Suggestions for further reading and listening posted on Moodle with guidelines as appropriate.


CLARKE, ERIC, e COOK, NICHOLAS (Eds.). (2004). Empirical Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

CLAYTON, M., HERBERT, T, e MIDDLETON, R.(Eds.). (2011). The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction (2ª ed.). Nova Iorque: Routledge.

COOK. N. (1998). A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

COOK. N. (1999). What is Musicology?, BBC Music Magazine, 7/9, pp. 31-33.

DeNORA, T.(2015). Music Asylums: Wellbeing through Music in Everyday Life. Nova Iorque: Routledge.

DOWNES, S. (2016). Aesthetics of Music: Musicological Perspectives. Nova Iorque: Routledge.

HARPER-SCOTT, J.P.E., e SAMSON, J.(Eds.). (2009). An introduction to Music Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

HERBERT, T. (2001).Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music. Londres: Associated Board of the Royal School of Music Publishing.

JUSLIN, N. P. e SLOBODA. J. (2011), Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research and Applications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

LEHMANN, A. C., SLOBODA, J., e WOODY, R. H. (2007). Psychology for Musicians. Nova Iorque: Oxford University Press.

SHEPHERD, J. e DEVINE, K. (2015). The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music. Nova Iorque: Routledge.

WILLIAMS, A. (2001). Constructing Musicology. Nova Iorque: Routledge.

Teaching Staff
Rui Cabral Lopes (regent)