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Open University

Music (Master of Arts part 1) (A873)

This module is the 1st part of the MA in Music, which is taught and assessed entirely online. It introduces a wide range of music research skills in the context of the 'digital humanities' (the use of computers and the internet for research and study). Several topics and themes are included in the programme that will help you think in new ways about written documents about music; musical criticism; musical performances; and ethnographical approaches to music. Music databases contained in the Open University's online library (one of the largest in the world) are central to this module. This module has a wide cultural and thematic breadth: all students engage with a range of western, non-western and popular music. The module is accessible and relevant to those who have a vocational or leisure interest in music.

Entry requirements

To take this module, you must declare the MA in Music (F32) (or another qualification towards which this module can count) as your qualification intention. You should have an Honours degree or equivalent, ideally, but not necessarily, in music. You should: have a good general knowledge of music, equivalent to that obtained by students who have studied our undergraduate module, 'inside music (A224)'; be literate in music, to the extent that you can follow an orchestral score and know which instrument is playing be able to understand musical discourse that uses technical language and introduces musical quotations (the articles in New Grove II, for example). In addition, you should be aware that a good degree (at least a 2.1 or equivalent) will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 9 months
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 9 months

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