Theory and Method in Musicology


At the end of this Academic Unit the students should:
a) possess a historical perspective of the principal paradigms and epistemological transformations of the discipline of Musicology;
b) know about and have command of a broad range of approaches and methodologies used in current musicological research, especially in the area of historical musicology;
c) know how to identify and apply suitable approaches and methodologies in accordance with the characteristics of a particular project and associated tasks;
d) be familiar with and know how to use various models of academic writing; should be able to use current norms and means of communication of the results of research.
e) be familiar with the use of English in Musicology.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paula Cristina Roberto Gomes Ribeiro Brandão


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Kerman, Joseph. Musicology. London: Fontana Paperbacks/William Collins, 1985.
Rocha, Edite & Zille, José Antônio Baêta (Orgs.). Musicologia[s]. Barbacena: EdUEMG, 2016.
Sadie, Stanley & Tyrrell, John. (Eds.) New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 29 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 
Sadie, Stanley. (Ed.). New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 20 vols. London: Macmillan, 1980. 

Teaching method

A theoretical and practical subject. The semester is divided into two distinct phases: the first (9 weeks) involves analysis, related tasks and discussion of a selection of texts, principally in Portuguese or English, in order to develop approaches and methods for study and research (50% of these lessons are given in English); the second (4 weeks) is given over to individual oral presentations lasting 10 minutes (in Portuguese) and discussion of these by colleagues.
The organisation of the order of the lessons is done on a pedagogic basis: a series of introductory lessons leading to more involved lessons and the application of methods learnt.


Evaluation method

a written test (25%), 3 written reflections on the subject (week 4, week 9 and end of semester) and participation in class(25%), a research project in pairs (25%), an individual oral presentation (25%)(50%)

Subject matter

This academic unit, among others, covers the following points:
1. Introduction to the range, theories and principal issues in musicology;
2. Processes and paradigms of musicological research, research approaches and methodologies;
3. Study skills, especially note-taking/making;
4. Reading and discussion of themes in English;
5. Outputs and communication of academic work in the field of musicology.


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