Knowledge and Insight

Musicology at Hull is designed to provide you with the skills to ask questions about why music sounds like it does and to stimulate your interest in its many styles and identities. Our approach to teaching aims to provoke thought and to equip you with wider, transferable skills. We look at questions of composer authorship, historical periods and how artistic, cultural and social contexts profoundly shape our understanding of music. You are encouraged to question the boundaries of knowledge and the reasons for commonly held assumptions about music and because of this, musicology should not be seen as completely separate from performance or composition, since it deeply informs and enriches a musician’s approach to those activities.

Critical Thinking

The discussion of music requires the ability to be able to present your thoughts in a clear and logical way. In doing so, you learn both to express what you believe but also to articulate this in a persuasive and well-supported manner. You learn to use this approach from the start of your degree in Music, irrespective of the programme on which you are enrolled because although we teach and foster these skills within the contexts of music, their application is central to a successful range of careers and personal development outside music.

Pursuing Your Interests

At Hull, we believe passionately in the need for students to be able to pursue their own interests in music as this allows for personal academic development but also makes for a successful and enthusiastic project. This is why we offer a very wide range of areas from which you may receive personal tutorial supervision during your time as a student here - whether undergraduate or postgraduate. Some (but by no means all) of these areas of interest include: hip hop, Handel, jazz, film music, Japanese music, studio production, the ethics of sampling, music and the modern city, and music and Shakespeare. The psychology of music also is a particularly strong area of study at Hull and enables you to design experiments and explore responses to a range of issues in music that interest you. Overall, you will be encouraged to think broadly and deeply and to explore what matters most to you.

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