Thinking about Music: Beauty, Meaning, and Expression

Overview

Learn about key historic and current thinkers, composers and music critics, acquire skills in music philosophy. This course presents key concepts in music aesthetics, by combining historical knowledge from works by philosophers, composers and music critics from Antiquity, to the 18th to the 21st century. Participants will acquire basic music-philosophical skills, including learning how to outline, source and build an argument both in group discussions of accessible set texts and in writing a final essay.

Programme details

Session 1

Aesthetics of Music: Philosophical Reflection on an Artform

Session 2

Music in Antiquity: Music and Imitation

Session 3

18th Century: Music as Idea - The Rational, Empirical and Beautiful 

Session 4

19th Century: Music and Meaning - On Autonomous Form, Programmes and Progress

Session 5

Music, Identity and Difference: the Piano as a symbol of Paternalism?

Session 6

20th Century: Music in the Age of Technological Reproducibility

Session 7

Music as a Product of Societal, Political and Economic Forces?

Session 8

Musical Phenomenology: Music Experienced

Session 9

Music and the Academy: Who Cares if you Listen to my New Music?

Session 10

Representing Non-Western Music: Postcolonial Thought

Session 11

Music, Postmodernism and Global History

Session 12

Thinking about the Popular in Music

 

 

Fees

Description Costs
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner) £850.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1485.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1245.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1600.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1345.00

Payment

All fees are charged on a per week, per person basis.

Please be aware that all payments (and refunds) are subject to exchange rates at the time of processing.

Payment terms

  • If enrolling online: full payment by credit/debit card at the time of booking

  • If submitting an application form: full payment online by credit/debit card or via bank transfer within 30 days of invoice date

Cancellations and refunds

Participants who wish to cancel must inform the Programme Administrator in writing: by email to oussa@conted.ox.ac.uk or by post to OUSSA, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JA, UK.

The following cancellation and refund policy applies in all cases:

  • Cancellation within 14 days of online enrolment / payment of fees – full refund of all fees paid

  • Cancellations received up to and including 31 May 2021 – OUDCE will retain an administration fee of £100 per week booked; all other fees paid will be refunded.

  • Cancellations received between 1-30 June 2021 – OUDCE will retain 60% of the fees paid; the remaining 40% of fees paid will be refunded.

  • Cancellations received on and after 1 July 2021 - no refunds will be made.

    Important note: You need to take out travel insurance to cover the programme fee and travel costs.

Tutor

Dr Joris de Henau

Tutor

Joris de Henau is a musicologist and organist. He has lectured and tutored in music and philosophy at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle, and Oriel College, Oxford. He publishes in scholarly journals and regularly attends international conferences, on music, philosophy and trauma studies.

Course aims

This course aims to present key concepts in music aesthetics, combining historical knowledge from works by philosophers, composers and music critics from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Participants will acquire basic music-philosophical skills, including learning how to outline, source and build an argument both in group discussions of accessible set texts and in writing a final essay.

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to:

  • Understand key concepts and theories in the history of music aesthetics
  • Have read set texts by philosophers and musicians
  • Write an essay, drawing on subject-specific skills, including close listening and critical reading
  • Connect theoretical considerations with practical musical examples

Assessment methods

Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.

Application

To enrol online, click 'Book Now', above.  To enrol by post, please see details of the application process.

Covid-19 guidance for summer school participants

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of participants is our highest priority. We've introduced a range of measures to protect you when you are in university and college buildings, in accordance with University and UK government guidelines. These measures may include: enhanced cleaning regimes and additional facilities for hand washing and hand sanitising; spaces adapted to support social distancing with clear signage and markings; a requirement for the wearing of face coverings during in-person teaching and in indoor shared spaces.

You'll be required to follow University and UK government guidelines whilst in Oxford, and to sign a ‘Student Responsibility Agreement’ in advance of the course, confirming that you will do so (this will be similar to the version for University students, which you can review online).  Further information is available at https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health. You should particularly review the University’s Face Coverings policy, which you will need to comply with at all times on University property.

If UK government regulations require you to quarantine on arrival in the UK, then you will need to arrange this yourself at your own expense. Unfortunately, we aren’t permitted to let you quarantine in University accommodation. Travel is not encouraged – and may not be permitted – if you are travelling from or through a country on the UK government’s ‘red list’.

If we have to cancel your course

Should it be necessary to cancel your course, we will make every reasonable effort to give you as much notice of cancellation as possible, and we will refund all course fees paid by you (including the cost of accommodation, if booked through us as part of your course). Where course fees have been paid in currencies other than in pounds sterling, refunds will be subject to the exchange rate on the date they are processed.

The Department cannot be held responsible for any costs you may incur in relation to travel or accommodation bookings as a result of a course cancellation, or if you are unable to attend the course for any other reason. You are advised to check cancellation policies carefully and to purchase travel insurance.