Module Identifier TF33020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Kevin J Donnelly  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite TF31920  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1, 2000 words: 20 March 2003  40%
Semester Assessment Essay 2, 3000 words: 1 May 2003 For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at 60%

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 Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6