Music as Communication

Module code: MS3005

This module encourages you to question ideas around music, musicality, sound and meaning by examining how music functions within culture as a form of communication. It seeks to connect how we think about music as an industry, to music as art and (arguably) language.

Topics covered

  • What is music?
  • Music and semiotics
  • Film scores
  • Music and advertising
  • Analysing song lyrics
  • Music as therapy
  • Music and psychology
  • Music cultures
  • Constructing musical meaning (composition)
  • Music histories
  • Music and genre


  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 18 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour tutorial
  • 169 hours of guided independent study


  • 2x analytical commentary, 1,000 words each (50%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (40%)
  • Discussion board activities (10%)