Research Techniques and Applied Musicology

8 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

The student and performer of medieval music is faced with a multitude of musical, theoretical, literary, iconographic, and archaeological sources. These sources not only have to be tracked and located, but also classified, interpreted, and placed in their right context in order to get from them the most accurate information about medieval music and their performance. Fortunately, there are different tools and research techniques that can be applied in order to find and scrutinize medieval data. These include the handling of specialized databases, the critical analysis of musical, literary and iconographic sources, familiarization with the most important and up-to-date musicological theories and their historiographic context, multidisciplinary analysis of organological data, and the application of procedures borrowed from ethnomusicological and experimental archaeology.

This course offers a collection of research techniques and musicological approaches that can be utilized to conduct in-depth research on medieval sources and construct solid historically-informed theories about medieval music and its performance.

In this course, students will:


Explore medieval music sources – their structures, contexts, medieval and modern locations, databases


Survey theoretical Sources and their repercussion and application in medieval and modern times


Discuss musicological writings, approaches and paradigms, and place them within a historiographical narrative


Learn about the importance and correct use of musical Iconography and organology


Explore the possibilities of experimental archaeology and ethnoarchaeology in the reconstruction of medieval music practice

Dr. Mauricio MolinaDr. Mauricio Molina



Raul LacillaRaúl Lacilla






Open February 19 – June 10, 2024
8 sessions – Self-paced




Non-credit: 390€
2 credits ECTS: 430€


English - Spanish


Session 1 | Introduction to Medieval Musicological Methodologies and Approaches

Session 2 | Using Medieval Manuscripts

Session 3 | Locating and Using Modern Databases

Session 4 | Historiography 1

Session 5 | Historiography 2

Session 6 | Medieval Music Iconography: Records and Uses

Session 7 | Organology and Performance

Session 8 | Experimental Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology

Teaching Methodology

This course will be comprised of:

  • 8 tutorial videos of 15 minutes each (total 1.5 hours)
  • 8 recorded lectures of 1 hour each (total 6 hours)
  • 4 live Q&A sessions of 1hour and 15 minutes each conducted biweekly through the first six weeks of the course and will be recorded so that students can access them at any time (total 5 hours)
  • Downloadable materials and links to additional resources

Schedules and assignments:

  • The course is self-paced. The majority of lessons will be posted on the first day of the term and students can work at their own pace until the platform is closed for the semester, with access to the pre-recorded video lessons, accompanying materials, and the course forums
  • The student workload to review the materials and complete the assignments is approximately 6.25 hours per session
  • There will be some suggested deadlines to submit assignments
  • Homework will be accepted until a week before the end of the term
  • Students taking the course for credit must complete all assignments and class requirements




Technical Requirements

    • Broadband Internet connection / WIFI

    • External or internal webcam
    • External or internal microphone
    • Speakers or headphones
    • Possibility of printing downloaded materials
    • Possibility of scanning your assignments
    • Possibility of auto-recording (audio and video)

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The International Course of Medieval Music Besalú offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility of studying the repertoires of monodic and polyphonic music composed between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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