Music as Communication
Module code: MS3005
Module co-ordinator: Dr Anna Claydon
In this module we will examine a number of different music genres within the media including: pop songs, classical scores, film music and music in advertising. We will consider the significance of music as a critical cultural force and discuss the sociological, political, economic, textual and historical significance of music from a variety of periods. We will also consider the complex interrelationship between the production, consumption and mediation of music as a mode of communication.
You will draw upon your own knowledge, experience and skills to contribute to discussions and workshops in which not only will you learn about 'music as communication' as theory but also develop your understanding of it as practice.
A particular focus during the module is song but other music genres also come into play as tastes and knowledge are diverse. No pre-existing formal training or knowledge of music is required, only that you enjoy listening to music and can articulate what you like or dislike about a piece of music and reflect upon why.
- Discourse analysis
Music for film and television
Music in advertising
Music and semiotics
Music and language
Art and music
- One three-hour workshop each week
- Essay (40%)
- Exam (30%)
- Presentation, in class or as pod/vod-cast (20%)
- Weekly online reflection tasks (10%)