DH-401 / 5 crédits

Enseignant: Rohrmeier Martin Alois

Langue: Anglais


Summary

This course will introduce students to the broad range of topics in digital musicology as well as essential theoretical approaches and methods. In the practical part, students will carry out a small course project on their own.

Content

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Required course (obligatory):

  • Foundations of algebra, statistics and data analysis
  • Basic programming (e.g. Python, Julia)

Recommended courses

Recommended background:

 

Important concepts to start the course

Prior knowledge of music theory (harmony & counterpoint) is desirable, but the class can be completed without.

A good start for a background in basic music theoretical concepts is:

Gauldin, R. (1997). Harmonic practice in tonal music.

Boosey & Hawkes; or: Laitz, S.G. (2003). The complete musician: an integrated approach to tonal harmony, analysis, and listening. Oxford University Press.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Distinguish the core concepts used in digital music research
  • Explore and orient him-/herself in the multidisciplinary field and identify important research questions and methods
  • Analyze databases containing musical and contextual data (e.g. harmonic corpora, melodic corpora, Montreux archive, concert programs, etc.)
  • Develop and test hypotheses about musical structures (e.g. melody, harmony, meter) and implement these analyses

Transversal skills

  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Assess progress against the plan, and adapt the plan as appropriate.
  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Teaching methods

The course consists of 2 hours of lectures per week that will cover concepts and methods and one hour of research discussion. An additional 2 hours per week are dedicated to a class project tackling a chosen DM research question.

Expected student activities

Students are expected to attend the class regularly and actively contribute to the project section. Students are also required to fulfill the reading assignments.

Assessment methods

The theoretical part will be evaluated with an oral exam during the exam session, and the practical part based on the student’s class project.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Oral (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Digital musicology
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Oral (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Digital musicology
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Forme de l'examen: Oral (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Digital musicology
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

 LuMaMeJeVe
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