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Department of Music

Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology

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Term 2

Practical experience of ethnomusicological transcription and analysis and an introduction to their theoretical aspects. 

Class meetings will be divided between discussion of these exercises and of selected items or themes in the prescribed literature.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

Techniques of transcription, including use of selected computer aids; 

Issues discussed and skills acquired include: 

  • selected analytical techniques 
  • semiotic, 
  • semantic, 
  • cognitive, 
  • Schenkerian; 
  • applicability of score-based analysis to orally transmitted repertoires and to performance (including improvisation); 
  • relative merits of aural/manual and computer-based approaches; 
  • the perspective of the performer or listener.


1 hour per week

Method of assessment

Coursework 1@100%

Each student will complete several small exercises during term (formative assessment) before completing the assessed project during the Easter Vacation (summative assessment).