Theory and Method in Musicology


1. Give the student a general overview of the formation and transformation of Musical Sciences as a discipline, especially in its historical and anthropological aspects, both internationally and in Portugal;
2. Familiarize you with the major contemporary theoretical trends in the field of Musical Sciences;
3. Provide you with conceptual and methodological tools, as well as develop critical skills in the fields of Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology;
4. Introduce you to general notions of research methodologies in the areas of Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Filipe Soutelo Soeiro de Carvalho


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Sadie, S. (ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 29 vols. Londres, Macmillan, 2001.

Barz, Gregoy e Cooley, Timothy (eds.), Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Castelo Branco, Salwa(ed.), Enciclopédia da música em Portugal no século XX, 4 vols, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2010, pp. 419-432.

Feld, Steven, Sound and Sentiment. Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012 [1982].

Feld, Steven, Jazz Cosmopolitanism. Five Musical Years in Ghana. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

Samson, Jim & Scott, J.P.E. Harper (org.), An Introduction to Music Studies, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Teaching method

Theoretical and theoretical-practical classes.

Evaluation method

The evaluation process will be based on a written test, to be carried out in the first module of the course, and a set of elements to be defined by each of the teachers in the second module. Class participation will also be counted.(100%)

Subject matter

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