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MUSC2648: Words and Music : Song Across Cultures

In this unit students aquire skills in how to analyse the forms and functions of songs in diverse cultures and genres. We examine lyrics, music and the different ways they combine; and how the language we speak shapes the way words are put to music. Student learn about the different roles song plays in societies and consider why singing is a universal human activity. Students will gain experience in song analysis and have the opportunity to apply these skills to their own song writing.

Code MUSC2648
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. understand the different conceptualisation of song across cultures
  • LO2. understand the diverse roles of song across cultures
  • LO3. understand the role of music, language, actions and visual elements in song
  • LO4. understand the different ways the voice can be used to sing
  • LO5. analyse the textual and musical properties of song.

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