Prof Martina Viljoen
Position
Associate Professor
Department
Music
Address
46A 120
Music
IB 36
Telephone
051 4012493
Office
Odeion 120
Information

Short CV
Publications
Publications (Short List)
Research

Area(s) of Interest

The work of my PhD centred on critical musicology, which has been my research focus since. So-called Critical Theory forms the point of departure for much of my current work. The project South African Music as a Pluralistic Construct attempts to offer a systematic exploration of the vastly differing cultural contexts associated with our country’s multi-cultural musical heritage, which is of vital importance in order to enable musicians to make meaningful contributions in locally relevant careers – both in academic as well as performance-oriented contexts. As critical musicology reveals, musical values are products of culture, not universal absolutes, and therefore, particularly in times of globalisation, it is of vital importance for South African musicians and/or musicologists to make productive use of a diversity of musical forms and intellectual tools to create and/or interpret expressions of cultural identity which demonstrate a respect for, and knowledge of our cultural diversity and rich musical heritage.

 

The presumption operative here is that music is neither a field of academic study only, nor representative of isolated specialised instrumental or vocal skills, but rather a living expression of socially, historically, geographically and culturally situated ‘senses of self’. This hypothesis presents important difficulties to be overcome with regard to current research approaches. While in local music scholarship important contributions exist in terms of the theorization, preservation and archiving of indigenous musics that are part of our culturally diverse heritage, as yet no differentiated methods have been developed through which these should be assessed, taught, appreciated and researched in tertiary training contexts. It is in this area of work that I would like most to contribute.

 

Courses Presented

 

CMC404 This module focuses on current literature in music scholarship, incorporating readings in musicology, music sociology, psychology of music, and music technology.
CMC412 The purpose of this module is to direct students towards the self-study of core principles for managing postgraduate research. It incorporates an introduction to the following aspects:
• the dimensions of scholarly research
• paradigms in the Humanities
• the choice for a specific methodology
• the principles of scholarly text study
• research design
• the writing of the research hypothesis and the research proposal
• postmodern methodology – problems and possibilities
CSA604 The purpose of this module is to direct students towards the self-study of core principles for managing postgraduate research. It incorporates an introduction to the following aspects:
• the dimensions of scholarly research
• paradigms in the Humanities
• the choice for a specific methodology
• the principles of scholarly text study
• research design
• the writing of the research hypothesis and the research proposal
• postmodern methodology – problems and possibilities
MUSD7900 This module comprises the supervised writing of a mini-thesis on a topic with a comprised research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.
MUSM3712 This module focuses on Historically Informed Performance Practice, investigating topics such as the debate over what is ‘authentic’, the value of playing on period instruments, how to interpret the composer’s intentions, as well as viewpoints of important exponents of the movement.
MUSM6812 The purpose of this module is to direct students towards the self-study of core principles for managing postgraduate research. It incorporates an introduction to the following aspects:
• the dimensions of scholarly research
• paradigms in the Humanities
• the choice for a specific methodology
• the principles of scholarly text study
• research design
• the writing of the research hypothesis and the research proposal
• postmodern methodology – problems and possibilities
MUST8900 This module comprises the supervised writing of a dissertation on a topic with a specialist research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field on a more advanced level, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.
MUST9100 This module comprises the supervised writing of a dissertation on a topic with a specialist research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field on an advanced level, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors. The research should represent a original contribution to the field.

Community Service

2005: Involved in research with a view to the establishment of the Mangaung String Programme.
2000-2004: Involved in community projects on the arts under the auspices of the Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging and the South African Schools’ Festivals.

 

Service Learning



FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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