Music History

Essential basic skills

  • You are interested in developing your historical consciousness of music and contextualising your own music making relative to the musical tradition. You know how to find information about music history and you are able to create your own reference points to it.
  • You are willing to continually expand your knowledge of musical repertoire and styles. You are aware of the broad outlines of central composers, musical genres and styles in Western art music. You can relate the music you study to the historical context.

Recommended skills for professional studies in music

  • You have a broad knowledge of the repertoire, composers and styles relevant to your main subject. You are interested and curious to continually expand your knowledge.
  • You know how to find and utilise knowledge about music and music history.
  • You are able to apply a historical perspective and knowledge of performance practice in your work as a musician.
  • You understand how notation and music terminology (e.g., chords, intervals, compositional forms) are historically connected to their time. When interpreting them, you can recognize how their meaning is connected to their historical context and may vary across time periods.

 [Please note: The current version of this guide is intended for students applying for studies in classical instrument or voice, and the musical examples are of Western classical music.]

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