Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Music History 1357/3029/2324/1/14
Study guide

Music History 1

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, programme stage 1
    • Compostion
    • Instrumental / Vocal Studies
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Van Kerkhoven Joost
Other teaching staff: Weytjens Stephan
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

2.3 The student reads, analyses, writes and interprets music.
Using the score, the student can situate a piece of music written before 1800.
4.1 The student has knowledge of the broader cultural and (musical) historical context.
The student has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of stylistic evolutions within music history from ancient times to 1800.
The student can situate the stylistic evolutions of music history from ancient times to 1800 within a broad historic context.
The student can give an in-depth explanation of the oeuvre and the historical importance of the important representative figures from ancient times to 1800.
On hearing a work written between ancient times and 1800, the student can place it within a style period and genre.

Course content

History of music from antiquity to 1800.

See also Vademecum General Cultural Education.

Study material (text): Mandatory

* D. Grout & C.V. Palisca, History of Western Music
* J.P. Burkholder & C.V. Palisca, Norton Anthology of Western Music (5th edition), volume 1, Ancient to Baroque
* PowerPoint presentations with music examples and exam questions available via Blackboard

Students may be required to attend performances as part of the Music History course.
Because of the uncertainty as to whether or not certain performances will take place, these additional costs will be invoiced separately in May 2022 based on actual expenses.

Music students enrolling in the Music History 1 course unit will pay a maximum of EUR 40.00 extra for tickets to concerts or performances.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials45,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours45,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series80,00
Eerste examenperiodePortfolio20,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series80,00
2nd examination periodPortfolio20,00

Evaluation (text)

- Knowledge test: written and/or oral examination at the end of the semester, or based on a paper. Semi-annual (40%) and annual exam (40%).
- Portfolio: the student writes a report of 5 of the concerts attended. Assessment of concert reports is based on a portfolio, possibly with oral explanation (20%).