96561 - History of Music in the Media (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Anna Scalfaro
  • Credits:: 6
  • SSD: L-ART/07
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Music and Theatre Studies (cod. 8837)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows in general the historical evolution of music broadcasting techniques in the media, the production and distribution logic of the different media (radio, generalist television, thematic television, digital platforms); - also knows the structure as well as aspects related to production and reception of some television programmes of relevant historical interest.

Course contents

The course addresses from a historical perspective the use of music in audiovisual media, in particular in television. The historical and cultural contexts, ideological implications and production and consumption practices that characterise music in television will be illustrated.

The lectures will provide a map of the spaces allocated to music in generalist and thematic television, and will focus on the construction of the programme schedule. Basic analytical tools will also be provided and certain case studies will be addressed, in particular some music popularisation programmes between the 1960s and 1980s.


Luca Barra, Palinsesto. Storia e tecnica della programmazione televisiva, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2015.

Anna Scalfaro, Musica in programma. Quarant'anni di divulgazione musicale in Rai-Tv (1954-1994), Udine, Nota, 2020.

Teaching methods

Lecturing, group work.


Assessment methods

The teacher will then ask some questions relating to the bibliography. The programme is the same for attendees and non-attendees.


Teaching tools

Audio, video, materials shared on Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Anna Scalfaro


Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.