Music as Performance (DRA2046)

30 credits

This module examines musical phenomena from a performance-studies perspective. In recent years, musicology (the study of music) has become increasingly interdisciplinary and open to insights and epistemologies (knowledge systems) from other fields. Performance theorists and musicologists have begun to explore the ways in which music may be understood as a cultural activity rather than an abstract, autonomous entity. Music is more than just organized sound or notes on a page; it is socially constructed and enacted. It acquires meaning in how it is performed and received. Consequently, it may be analyzed in this fashion.

This module does not require students to have specialist musical knowledge or ability. Non-Drama students are welcome.