Module code: MUS2057

Module Overview

This module enables students to build upon their knowledge of the history, aesthetics, and style of a range of nineteenth-century music and associated repertories, combining discussions of identified composers and historical and cultural issues with exploration of specific set works. It draws on analytical skills acquired in previous modules and consolidates the students’ experience of nineteenth-century music encountered elsewhere on the programme, as well as complementing their studies of other areas of music history and culture.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

WILEY Christopher (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 20

Captured Content: 20

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

No pre-requisites/co-requisites for Music and Tonmeister students. Other students may be admitted to the module with the permission of the Module Leader. 

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Lectures will introduce topics in nineteenth-century history, aesthetics and style by focussing on a series of musical case studies. These case studies may be drawn from, but are not restricted to, the list of composers indicated below:

  • Beethoven

  • Schubert

  • Berlioz

  • Mendelssohn

  • Chopin

  • Schumann

  • Wagner

  • Liszt

  • Tchaikovsky

  • Brahms

  • Rossini

  • Verdi

  • Grieg

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the wider context of nineteenth-century music with in-depth study of specific works through the coursework, which may be an oral presentation rather than a written essay. This assessment will enable students to demonstrate their understanding of music history and culture, as well as music-analytical skills, further developing their familiarity with musicological approaches and essay-writing skills acquired elsewhere on the programme.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework: an essay of not more than 3,000 words, alternatively, an oral presentation of not more than 30 minutes, plus questions. [60%] (addresses learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Formative assessment

Formative assessment in this module may include in-class tasks and formative draftwork submissions.


Feedback will be delivered through a range of methods including verbal feedback in lecture discussions and individual tutorials, feedback given on formative draftwork, and formal feedback from the interim coursework assessment.

Module aims

  • develop knowledge of the nineteenth-century musical repertories
  • develop knowledge of the history of nineteenth-century music
  • develop an understanding of nineteenth-century aesthetics
  • develop an understanding of nineteenth-century musical style

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Describe stylistic and aesthetic features of a range of nineteenth-century musical repertories. CPT
2 Explain the relationship of selected nineteenth-century works to wider historical and cultural issues. KCPT
3 Formulate a cogent written argument. CPT
4 Demonstrate critical thinking. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

explore a series of identified set works through music analysis and through examination of historical and critical issues, thereby relating to historical, contextual, and analytical studies encountered elsewhere on the programme. Each lecture will take the form of an exposition of the topic by the lecturer. This may lead to class discussion. Close listening to musical works will inform both the lectures and students’ individual learning. Students will gain further depth of knowledge in relation to specific aspects of nineteenth-century music through the coursework assignments.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • One two-hour lecture per week, incorporating student discussions

  • Individual and/or small group tutorials

  • Guided reading and listening

  • Use of online learning environment

  • Coursework and feedback 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music BMus (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate of 40% overall and a pass on the pass/fail unit of assessment is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate of 40% overall and a pass on the pass/fail unit of assessment is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.