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Department of Music

Indian Classical Music

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
Taught in:
Full Year

An introduction to the Indian classical music tradition, focusing on fundamental concepts and on the relationship between tradition and performance. The concepts of Raga and Tala, the principal  vocal and instrumental forms and styles of North Indian music, aspects of South Indian music, and aesthetic and theoretical concepts are explored through analysis of recorded performances and study of relevant literature. 

(Taught in alternate years, alternating with Music in the Cultures of South Asia.)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • Subject Knowledge: familiarity with the repertoire of Indian classical music and its fundamental concepts; understanding of the theoretical and aesthetic principles of the music; awareness of the relationship between tradition and performance.
  • Skills: relating the principles and practice of Indian classical music through transcription, analysis and some elementary vocal performances; relating the performance of Indian music to its background of musical and cultural tradition through reading, library research, fieldwork etc  and expressed through essay writing; skills of aural perception, critical and analytical thinking, verbal communication etc.


Two hours per week

Method of assessment

Exam 40%, aural exam 20%, four pieces of coursework at 10% each