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MUSC2644: Introduction to the Philosophy of Music

This unit of study introduces students to philosophical questions about music and to thinking about music with philosophical methodology. The course visits some of the questions which have perplexed musicians and philosophers alike: How are beauty and music related? What does music tell us about time? What is a musical work? How do we listen? Is music related to language? This course enables all students of music and the liberal arts to understand music as a philosophically distinctive phenomenon.

Code MUSC2644
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and apply methods of philosophical questioning to music and musical phenomena
  • LO2. understand and critically appraise a range of historical approaches to the philosophy of music
  • LO3. develop interpretative skills in the reading of philosophical texts
  • LO4. develop independent and critical approaches to fundamental phenomena of your relevant musical or philosophical discipline and/or philosophical project.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.