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- MUS 105
- Course Title:
- Music Appreciation
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Course DescriptionProvides an introduction to understanding symphonic music in the vocal and instrumental genres from the ancient period through the contemporary music of our time. Class will be presented using a multi-media format. Prerequisites/concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
Appreciate the western music tradition, and enjoy a life enriched by the exposure to and the understanding of personal and cultural achievement.
Experience musical works "dynamically," that is, to appreciate simultaneously the uniqueness of a work, its origins and precedent, its potential as an influence and inspiration on other works, and its relationship to a particular cultural moment.
Generalize course content to other music not covered in the course so that one can understand and value a broad spectrum of musical expression.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade should be made clear by the instructor at the beginning of the course. The individual instructor will determine the method of assessment. Assessment methods may include:
- Qualitative and/or quantitative examinations
- Homework assignments
- Listening assignments
- Concert reports
- Research project
- Class participation
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Basic Fundamentals of Listening
- Melody Ã¨ conjunct, disjunct, rising, falling, wave-like
- Rhythm Ã¨ beat, meter, syncopation, simple, compound, polyrhythm
- Harmony Ã¨ consonance, dissonance, diatonic, chromatic, chord, interval, tonality
- Texture Ã¨ monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic, heterophonic, contrapuntal devices
- Form Ã¨ binary, ternary, variation, sonata-allegro, rondo, strophic, through-composed, motive, phrase, ostinato
- Tempo and dynamics
- Tone color Ã¨ soprano, alto, tenor, bass, instruments of orchestra
Music of the Middle Ages
- Sacred music Ã¨ monophonic chant, mass, organum, motet
- Secular music Ã¨ troubadour, trouvere, minniesinger, meistersinger, bard, estampe
- Ars Nova Ã¨ polyphony, early instrumental music
Music of the Renaissance
- Arts in the Renaissance Ã¨ instruments of the renaissance
- Sacred music Ã¨ motet, mass, reformation, counter-reformation
- Secular music Ã¨ court life, chanson, madrigal, instrumental dance
Music of the Baroque
- The Baroque Spirit Ã¨ religious, secular, monody, harmonic structures, style, women, rise of virtuoso, doctrine of affections, internationalism
- Vocal music Ã¨ opera, cantata, oratorio, motet, madrigal
- Instrumental music Ã¨ baroque instruments, concerto, suite, overture, fugue, sonata
Age of Enlightenment
- Rococo Ã¨ Age of Sensibility, changing opera and musical styles
- Development of forms
Eighteenth Century Classicism
- The arts Ã¨ patronage system, concert life
- Chamber music- string ensembles, serenades, divertimenti
- Symphony Ã¨ classical orchestra
- Vocal music Ã¨ opera, choral forms, solo song
- Transitional period
Nineteenth Century Music
- The Romantic Movement Ã¨ arts, society, style traits
- Art Song Ã¨ German lied, song structure (strophic, through-composed), song cycle
- Piano and its literature Ã¨ lyric piano piece, sonata
- Program music Ã¨ symphony, tone poem, nationalism
- Romantic Symphony
- Romantic Concerto
- Music in America
- Choral Music
Twentieth Century Music
- Impressionism and Post-impressionism
The following skills are to be achieved to successfully meet the minimum requirement ("C" or "Pass") for the course:
- Describe the basic elements of listening: melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, form, tone color and their related terms.
- Recognize musical style periods from recorded or live performance examples.
- Recognize musical textures from recorded or live performance examples.
- Identify and discuss important composers, their musical contribution and how it relates to the social period of their time.
- Apply understanding of music to critically evaluate a symphonic work.