Music, Culture & History

MUSIC, CULTURE AND HISTORY (MCH) is a three-year major subject which may be studied for degree curricula in the Faculties of Humanities and Science. There are four semester modules offered in Music Culture and History: Western Art Music; World Music; Music Health and the Brain; Jazz and African American Music.  Depending on timetable constraints, students may elect to take any two of these to obtain a full first year level credit MCH 1. A student who wishes to major in Music Culture and History must then then take the remaining two modules to obtain a full second year level credit MCH 2.  The first and second courses are taken together, but examined separately.

 

MCH First semester options:

  • Western Art Music 1 (MCH 1WE and MCH 2WE)

First-year/second-year, semesterised course (15 credits at NQF level 5/6).
Entrance requirements: None

Course description: An introduction to the elements of music and a survey of Western Art music traditions

DP requirements: 75% attendance
Assessment: Semester mark counts 30%; November examinations count 70%.

Supplementary exam: 45 % – 49 %

Sub-minimum for June: N/A

  • World Music 1 (MCH 1WO and MCH 2WO) 

First-year/second-year, semesterised course (15 credits at NQF level 5/6).
Entrance requirements: None

Course description: This course does not require any prior musical knowledge and explores topics relating to World Music, African Music and music from the African Diaspora and World Music.  It introduces students to the cross cultural study of music and culture. It explores music in human life in a variety of cultural contexts, from indigenous to modern hybrids, and in various locations around the world.

DP requirements: 80% attendance.
Assessment: Semester mark counts 50%; November examinations count 50%.

Supplementary exam: 45% - 49%

Sub-minimum for June: N/A

 

MCH Second semester options:

  • Music Health and the Brain (MCH 1MH and MCH 2MH)

First-year/second-year, semesterised course (15 credits at NQF level 5/6).
Entrance requirements: None

Course description: Music, Health and the Brain is an interdisciplinary study of some elements of human engagement with music, focusing on musical cognition, emotion, identity and music’s therapeutic potential.

DP requirements: 75% lecture attendance
Assessment: Semester mark counts 50%; November examinations count 50%.

Supplementary exam: 45% - 49%

Sub-minimum for June: N/A

 

  • Jazz and African American Music (MCH 1JZ and MCH 2JZ)

First-year/second-year, semesterised course (15 credits at NQF level 5/6).
Entrance requirements: None

Course description: An introduction to the aesthetics, history and politics of Jazz.

DP requirements: 75% attendance
Assessment: Semester mark counts 50%; November examinations counts 50%.

Supplementary exam: 45% - 49%%

Sub-minimum for June: N/A

 

Music, Culture and History 3

Third year, year course (60 credits at NQF level 7).
Entrance requirements: MCH 2

Course description: Music Culture and History 3 includes specialist topics in World Music, Western Art music, Jazz, Music Psychology & Music Education. Students are introduced to research methods in the various musical sub-disciplines.

DP requirements: None
Assessment: Year mark counts 50%; November examinations counts 50%.

Supplementary exam: 45% - 49%

Sub-minimum for June: N/A

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