Module Information

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Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at   Essay 2, 3000 words:  60%
Semester Assessment Essay 1, 2000 words:  40%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the history and traditions of production and reception that define the way music can be 9and has been) used in film and television.
Critically examine particular uses of music in film and television, with respect to production processes, the textual contribution of music and its contribution to reception.

Brief description

This course will be concerned with the historical development of film and television as a distinct aesthetic element in film and television. It will look into production strategies, commercial, promotional and reception concerns and the place of musical accompaniment in audiovisual products. This will include, among others, lecture sessions focusing on the development of Classical Hollywood film music, the Classical Musical film, television incidental music and MTV.

Outline lecture programme:

1. Dimensions of sound in film and television
2. Classical Hollywood film music
3. Post-classical film music
4. The classical film musical
5. The pop musical
6. Television incidental music
7. TV theme tunes
8. Music in TV drama
9. MTV and music television
10. The boundaries of film and television music

Reading List

Recommended Background
Altman, Rick (1985) The American Film Musical BFI Primo search Altman, Rick ed (1992) Sound Theory, Sound Practice Routledge Primo search Buhler, James & Caryl Flinn & David Neumeyer eds (2000) Music and Cinema Wesleyan University Press Primo search Chion, Michel (1994) Audio-Vision Columbia University Press Primo search Donnelly, K J (2001) Pop Music in British Cinema BFI Primo search Donnelly, K J ed (2001) Film Music: Critical Approaches Edinburgh University Press Primo search Gorbman, Claudia (1987) Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music BFI Primo search Smith, Jeff (1999) The Sounds of Commerce Columbia University Press Primo search Stillwell, Robyn and Bill Marshall eds (2000) Musicals: Hollywood and Beyond Intellect Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6