Analysing Notated Music

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5MU069

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Musicology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 13 February 2018
Responsible department
Department of Musicology

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Good knowledge in reading music. Proficiency in English equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies.

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student is expected to be able to:

- account for musical processes, structures and conventions in Western notated tradition.

- criticially evaluate different approaches, theories and methodologies in music analysis.

- define research topics suitable for analytic inquiry, relevant to different types of notated music, and implement pursue independent analytical work, in relation to pertinent literature.


Notation is in music used to achieve a certain audible result, and has enables complex and sophisticated structures in the development of Western music. Analysis of scores of notation is thus a very powerful theoretical and methodological tool in the understanding of such music.

The course addresses methodologies and traditions of thought in music analysis, including the following:

- fixed and dynamic traditions of genre, form, and style traditions, and their terminologies and conceptual apparatus.

- reductive and layer-based analytical models.

- hermeneutic, semiotic and metaphorical analytical models.

- questions concerning intentionality. work concept, critical evaluation and interpretation.


Lectures and seminars.


Written coursework assignments and active participation in seminars.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

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