Basic Skills for Music Archivist

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Course Code: 
MUS 2210
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

Grounded in both practice and theory, this course will enable students to develop knowledge and skills in archiving music. It is designed to give the student focused knowledge on archival sound, and moving image materials. The course examines both theoretical and practical approaches to archival arrangement and description, identification, preservation, access, appraisal, and storage of audio-visual materials. Methods of preservation and restoration for both analog and digital media are handled. The well-equipped Makerere University Klaus Wachsmann Music Archive will function as a laboratory of training. This course will be co-taught with the East Africa School of Library and Information Science.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Objectives:

  • To equip students with archival skills specific to archiving audio-visual materials
  • To develop a broad understanding of archival theory as it pertains to audio-visual materials
  • To gain practical knowledge applicable to work in a music archival environment
  • To offer knowledge of how to handle, care and store audio-visual materials


Learning Outcomes: 
  • Equipped with skills required of a person working in a music archive
  • An understanding of the workings of the audio-visual archival theory
  • Ability to handle and care for audio-visual materials
 Music Archivist
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