Interdisciplinary Learning Courses

Music Literacy

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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesMusic Literacy

From Bach to Bruno Mars, a practical journey through the big names of music: how do they do it, and what you can do with it

In this subject we are going to turn music inside out. It is not just about learning those outstanding aspects and names in every style (both classical and modern), but also about learning and using the basic elements of music,

its relationship with images through the techniques used in soundtrack scores. In oher words, it is about how to listen and develop musical taste and knowledge, and how to apply it in other fields, using English as working language.

Learning objectives

  • To know and use the appropriate terminology, concepts and names of the Music Theory/History and its different styles
  • To revise the most important genres in popular music, its most notorious representatives and instruments used
  • To analyse and learn the communicative aspect of soundtracks, related concepts and most important composers
  • To learn the basics of the most important programs and apps related to sound treatment and music
  • To learn the possibilities of music as a potential content to be used in different professional fields

Contents of the Subject


  • Introduction to the subject: the meaning of sound and approaches to music


  • BASICS OF MUSIC THEORY. Notes, keys, clefs, melody, harmony and rythmn
  • BASICS OF MUSIC THEORY. Types of instruments and orchestras; types of music


  • THE HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC. Middle Ages, Renaissance and 17th century. Vivaldi and Bach
  • THE HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC. The 18th century: Haydn and Mozart
  • THE HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC. Romantic music and beyond: Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler
  • THE HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC. The adaptation phase: impressionists ans non-tonal music


  • POPULAR MUSIC AND JAZZ. The Golden Era: the 60s and the 70s
  • POPULAR MUSIC AND JAZZ. Sampling and new technologies


  • SOUNDTRACKS. Basic techniques
  • SOUNDTRACKS. Leitmotives and descriptive music. John Williams and Howard Shore
  • SOUNDTRACKS. Textures and intertextuality. Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and Thomas Newman
  • Final activities and presentations


María Ortiz Jiménez Professor of Music Literacy

María Ortiz Jiménez

Teacher: English as FL (both general and for specific purposes) at Nebrija University and Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid; Spanish Art (CEHI); Documentation, Terminology, Computing applied to Translation, and Translation Techniques in Nebrija’s Degree on Translation. Professional technical translator Research projects: AECLIL (European Commision) Language Rich Europe (European Commision and British Council) and VITAE (Ministerio de Industria) on Machine Translation. Publications about translation as a teaching tool: “¿Por qué Bolsón y no Baggins? El señor de los anillos como ejemplo en la didáctica de la traducción literaria” or “Reverse translation in ESP teaching: a new approach for a rejected methodology”.