87596 - Introduction to the Study of Music II

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The educational aims of teaching are the transmission of musical knowledge as a fundamental part of the history of culture and the enhancement of the ethical and social functions connected to it. At the end of the course, the student is able to use a plurality of texts and materials (textbook, historical-epistemological critical texts, books / popular texts, websites, etc.) for teaching purposes; he/she is able to build teaching units, in particular connected with the listening. The student acquired the traditional and innovative methodologies for teaching music history at secondary school level; he/she is fully aware of the methodological perspectives that allow us to contextualize the main musical forms and practices in the history of human culture.

Course contents

The course is accessible to students who already have a base of musical knowledge and who have already followed at least one other musicological teaching. It it is proposed as a teaching to those who intend to deepen their knowledge through the guided tour in "Musical Heritage", also in view of a possible teaching of musicological subjects in schools of all levels.

The educational purposes of the teaching concern the enhancement of the ethical, social and cultural function of listening and performing music through an anthropological approach (emotions, human relationships, etc.) centered on situations in which music becomes an occasion for human promotion and individual and social redemption.

The teaching objective of the course is twofold. On the one hand, it consists in the deepening of the main concepts of the Western musical theory, with particular attention to the terminology and its historical and cultural contexts. On the other hand, the students will be guided to learn the necessary knowledge for teaching music in the history of culture.

The second part of the course will be conducted in seminar form and with individual exercises.

Foreign students are required to ask for the program at least one month before the exams, writing to: donatella.restani@unibo.it

The course explores two exemplary case studies: the music of the Middle Ages and the "Beethoven case", based both on publications with a didactic focus, in particular music history textbooks, and on the issues debated by the most up-to-date musicology in national and international forums.

The journey through "The Words of Music" continues, exploring some elements of musical knowledge and musical genres from the fourteenth to the twentieth century not covered in Introduction to Music I.


All course materials will be available on the Virtuale platform, where you will also find specific exam preparation methods for both attending and non-attending students.

Atlante storico della musica nel Medioevo, a cura di V. Minazzi e C. Ruini, Milano, Jaca Book 2011.

H. Powers, La melodia, in Enciclopedia della musica, II: Il sapere musicale, a cura di M. Bent, Torino, Einaudi, 2002, , pp. 25-44.

K. Agawu, Il ritmo, in Enciclopedia della musica, II: Il sapere musicale, cit., pp. 45-71.

N. Meeùs, Scale, polifonia, armonia, in Enciclopedia della musica, II: Il sapere musicale, cit., pp. 72-88.

N. Cook, Forma e sintassi, in Enciclopedia della musica, II: Il sapere musicale, cit., pp. 117-142.

N. Cook, Musica: una introduzione, Torino, EdT 2005.

G. Pestelli (a cura di), Beethoven, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1988, pp. 9-28 (Introduzione); pp. 163-200 (Una Sinfonia).

G. Pestelli, Il genio di Beethoven. Viaggio attraverso le nove Sinfonie, Donzelli, Roma 2016, oppure: L. Lockwood, Le sinfonie di Beethoven. Una visione artistica, Torino, EdT 2016.

The bibliography of the manuals to be consulted will be indicated during the lectures and subsequently published among the teaching materials on the Virtuale platform.

For non-attending students, it is suggested to integrate the previous programme by reading two texts:

M. Toffetti, Due parole sulla musica. Noi e il lessico musicale, Roma, Carocci, 2021, or: F. Della Seta, Breve lessico musicale, Roma, Carocci, 2014 (II ed.); and:

F. Della Seta, Beethoven: Sinfonia Eroica. Una guida, Roma, Carocci, 2019.

Teaching methods

Audiovisuals, pc, films and listening will be used during the lessons.

The teaching includes both conferences and seminar teaching with focus groups, as well as individual exercises that will be the subject of the first part of the assessment for learning.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral interview on both teaching modules. For attending students it will be introduced by the exposition of their individual exercise.

The assessment will primarily concern:

- the description of the music in its technical and historical-cultural elements;

- secondly, the ability to critically orientate oneself on the manuals in use;

- lastly and above all, the ability to build an educational path will be assessed, using a plurality of texts and materials (textbook, texts of historical-epistemological criticism, books / popular texts, websites, etc.) and making use of the possibilities of relational impact typical of listening to music.

The final evaluation will follow the following indications:

- insufficient: lack of basic knowledge and incorrect or misleading interpretation of the topics;

- sufficient: basic knowledge; mainly correct interpretation but carried out with terminological imprecision and little autonomy.

- good: intermediate level knowledge; fully correct interpretation, but not always precise and autonomous.

- excellent grade: high level knowledge; interpretation of problems not only correct but conducted with autonomy and precision. Excellent oral expression skills.

Teaching tools

PC with video projector, sound reproduction instruments, video tools.

Students with DSA have the possibility to contact the professor for the activation of adequate support tools provided for the exam, writing to: donatella.restani@unibo.it

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