CCOG for MUS 202 Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 202
Course Title:
Introduction to Music and Its Literature
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Course Description

Covers music of the Classic and Romantic eras of music history. Prerequisites/concurrent: (WR 115 or IRW 115) or equivalent placement. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Materials will be presented in a lecture/multi media/discussion format.  Use of extensive multi media educational methods to enhance lectures.  These methods include:  CD audio, CD ROM, Laser Disc, DVD, Midi, and computer presentations featuring music software. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon  successful completion students should be able to:

Communicate effectively with musicians and nonmusicians on the historic development of the western music tradition.
Persuasively convey how the western music tradition represents a diversity of forms of music expression, cultural norms, social-political hierarchy, and religious dogma.
Educate others about how remarkable individual musical accomplishments have impacted the cultural, religious, artistic, and musical traditions of their time, and still bear influence today.
Perform and create music employing the period and stylistic characteristics of the classical and romantic era western music traditions.
Advocate before political, educational, and community member organizations about the intrinsic value and importance of music in education.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Criteria for grading and evaluating student progress will be distributed at the beginning of the term.  Individual instructors will select the assessment methods, that may include:

Qualitative examinations
Quantitative examinations
Aural examinations
Homework assignments
Class and group participation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Materials of Form, Development of Musical Themes, and the Sonata Cycle
The Classical Spirit:  Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
From Classicism to Romanticism
Romanticism in Music
The Romantic Song
The piano in the 19th Century
The Nature of Program Music
The Romantic Symphony and Concerto
Choral and Dramatic Music


  • Recognize and describe essential musical forms of the period
  • Understand and assess the importance of historical developments in the arts of the period
  • Understand and assess the major musical developments between the Classic and Romantic style periods
  • Apply knowledge of the representative composers lives, historical significance, and style characteristics to analysis and criticism
  • Analyze the development of the orchestra and respective instrument improvements
  • Gain a respect for the dramatic and choral music from each era represented and assess its place in the development of music
  • Development and use musical terminology