A critical examination of film music from the late nineteenth century to present day, including film music genres, composers and styles.
Students will explore music styles in film and television genres, techniques of scoring for film and the commercial side of film music. This paper examines the relationship between sound and image, while developing critical skills in listening and viewing. Major themes to be covered include scoring, intertextuality, Hollywood, musicals, genres (science fiction, horror, avant-garde, experimental), animation, ethnographic film and East Asian and South Asian cinema. Within these themes, students are introduced to key theoretical literature, works and composers.
|Paper title||Film Music|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,555.35|
- 18 200-level MUSI or MFCO points
- MUSI 266
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- No prior musical knowledge in music notation and theory is required.
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- Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Professor Henry Johnson
- Paper Structure
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- Teaching Arrangements
- One 1-hour lecture, one 2-hour screening and one 50-minute seminar per week.
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking,
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will
- Develop a critical understanding of the role of music in film
- Gain a familiarity of the characteristics of the sound-image relationship
- Develop an understanding of film music within broader social and cultural contexts
- Gain an awareness of famous film composers and their works
- Develop an understanding of the role of technology in the development of music and film
- Gain the ability to identify diverse types of film music
- Develop skills in interdisciplinary research
- Develop skills in the critical appraisal of diverse types of film music