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160075 VO Introduction to Systematic Musicology (2021S)


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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

[UPDATE 19.01.2021]
Die Lehrveranstaltung wird virtuell auf Moodle grundsätzlich live zur angegebenen Zeit durchgeführt. Änderungen werden auf Moodle bekanntgegeben.

Wednesday 03.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 10.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the course is to gain basics knowledge of systematic musicology, get to know its fields of research and learn the common research methods.
The lecture consists of two thematic blocks. In the first block (acoustics), the physics of sound generation and propagation are discussed, a historical overview of acoustic research from Plato to the present day is given, and the variety of acoustic disciplines is presented, with a particular focus on musical acoustics.
In the second block (perception), physiology and function of the human auditory system and two major areas of research on musical perception will be discussed: psychoacoustics (as a subfield of psychophysiology) and music psychology (as a subfield of empirical research in general).
The course will be held virtually via Moodle platform, with some units being theoretically and some consisting of practical demonstrations of experiments and measurements. For the most part, units will be held live at lecture time, but there may changes announced via moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam at the end of the course (mixed test of open and multiple choice questions). The exam will take place in physical presence, if the situation allows it. Otherwise, the exam will be digital. With the exception of a dictionary, no aids are allowed for the exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

At least half of the maximum score be reached for a positive grade. Points and overview of grades will be announced at the end of the course and visible on the exam sheet.

Examination topics

Topics of the exam material is the content of the course as well as the material provided on Moodle (slides & script).

Reading list

Literature recommendations for the individual sections can be found on the lecture slides and at the end of each chapter in the script, which will also be available on Moodle as a PDF.

Association in the course directory


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