HTP012 Applied Musical Semiotics and Semantics

Faculty of Education
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
doc. PhDr. Marek Sedláček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Marek Sedláček, Ph.D.
Department of Music - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: doc. PhDr. Marek Sedláček, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Music - Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the issues of general, artistic and musical semiotics with emphasis on its syntactic, semantic and pragmatic level with the potential of application in the process of music education.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course the student will be able to understand the general and specialized semiotics from the pragmatic point of view of pedagogical applications in music education.
  • The development of general and music semiotics.
  • Musical structure as a sign, music as a sign system - signification of music work as specific communication.
  • Syntactic, semantic and pragmatic level of semiotics.
  • History of semiotical thinking (general semiotics, social, art, musical seimiotics).
  • Musical structure as a sign, music as a sign system (J. Volek).
  • Specific concepts of Czech semiotics.
  • Prague musical semiotic Team (Interdisciplinary team for expression and communication systems of art (Poledňák - Jiranek).
  • Interpersonal hypothesis of musical semantics (Doubravová - Poledňák).
    required literature
  • SEDLÁČEK, Marek. Eco, Umberto. Teorie sémiotiky (A Theory of Semiotics) (A Theory of Semiotics). (Translated by Marek Sedláček). 1st ed. Brno: JAMU, 2004. 410 pp. JAMU. ISBN 80-85429-99-3. info
  • HAWKES, Terence. Strukturalismus a sémiotika. Vyd. 1. Praha: Host, 1999. 174 s. ISBN 80-86055-62-0. info
  • FUKAČ, Jiří, Jaroslav JIRÁNEK and Ivan POLEDŇÁK. Základy hudební sémiotiky (The Principles of Music Semiotics). Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1992. 787 pp. ISBN 80-210-0373-1. info
  • FUKAČ, Jiří. Základy hudební sémiotiky. Vyd. 1. V Brně: Masarykova univerzita, 1992. 303 s. ISBN 8021003731. info
  • FUKAČ, Jiří. Základy hudební sémiotiky. D. 3. V Brně: Masarykova univerzita, 1992. ISBN 80-210-0567-X. info
    recommended literature
  • TARASTI, Eero. A theory of musical semiotics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. xvi, 328 s. ISBN 0-253-35649-0. info
  • ECO, Umberto. A theory of semiotics. 1st Midland book ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979. ix, 354. ISBN 0253359554. info
    not specified
  • OSOLSOBĚ, Ivo. Ostenze, hra a jazyk (Ostension, Play and Language). první. Brno: Host, 2002. 398 pp. Teoretická knihovna. ISBN 80-7294-076-7. info
  • OSOLSOBĚ, Ivo. Mnoho povyku pro semiotiku (Much Ado About Semiotics). Vydání první. Brno: Agentura G, 1992. 200 pp. ISBN 80-901112-0-3. info
Teaching methods
Theoretical preparing, the study of the recommended literature. Class discussion. Homeworks.
Assessment methods
Credit. Semester paper on negotiated topic from the range of selected semiotic problems on the base of studied recommended literature (10-15 pages).
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021.
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