Historical Musicology Research Seminar

LMUSI2861  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Historical Musicology Research Seminar
5.0 credits
15.0 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2015-2016, 2017-2018, ....



Main themes

The seminar deals with various socio-musicological subjects such as musical life ;  music and cultural identity ;  places of music production ;  music and media ; musical criticism ; music and politics ; popular music and ethnomusicology ; music and gender ; music and social classes ; music and revolution ; music and memory ; music and sexuality ; urban music ; music and work.

The course is conceived as a research seminar including:

Within the University:
1) Methodological training for research (bibliography, heuristic, problematization, epistemology)
2) Sociological, historical and musicological training (depending on the topic)

Outside the University (archive, musical library and museum):
1) Heuristic (archive directories and inventories)
2) Records management (edition of historical texts, synthesis).


Skills in historical research and musicology

Archival research with musical concerns (compositors, works, institutions, musical life, practices ans repertoires)

Epistemological consideration about musicological research

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


The seminar aims to train the students in the musicological study of non-musical sources, so as to introduce them to the methods of social history (more precisely to the analysis of religious behaviors and practices). It intends to provide the necessary tools for the achievement of scientific works in the field of history and historical musicology.

To this end, the seminar consists of various case studies dealing with the production and the consumption of ritual and devotional music. It considers the formation processes of the sources, the different documentary analysis that can be applied, and the value of the excepted results.

Moreover, the seminar provides a training for the students own researches and works: from the discovery of a new archive holding to the final interpretation of the collected data, including musical philology and music edition.

Teaching methods

The teaching program consists of theoretical lectures, practical training in archives and pedagogical supervision. It is supplemented by the contribution of invited experts.

Evaluation methods

The students'skills are evaluated on the base of an individual work which will be defended at the end of the semester.

Other information


Online resources

Slideshows, archives materials and musical scores are available on Moodle.


Reference material will be listed all along the seminar.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology