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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Fall 2020

Course Number:
MUS 105
Course Title:
Music Appreciation
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Provides 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. 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.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

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 è conjunct, disjunct, rising, falling, wave-like
  • Rhythm è beat, meter, syncopation, simple, compound, polyrhythm
  • Harmony è consonance, dissonance, diatonic, chromatic, chord, interval, tonality
  • Texture è monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic, heterophonic, contrapuntal devices
  • Form è binary, ternary, variation, sonata-allegro, rondo, strophic, through-composed, motive, phrase, ostinato
  • Tempo and dynamics
  • Tone color è soprano, alto, tenor, bass, instruments of orchestra

Music of the Middle Ages

  • Sacred music è monophonic chant, mass, organum, motet
  • Secular music è troubadour, trouvere, minniesinger, meistersinger, bard, estampe
  • Ars Nova è polyphony, early instrumental music

Music of the Renaissance

  • Arts in the Renaissance è instruments of the renaissance
  • Sacred music è motet, mass, reformation, counter-reformation
  • Secular music è court life, chanson, madrigal, instrumental dance

Music of the Baroque

  • The Baroque Spirit è religious, secular, monody, harmonic structures, style, women, rise of virtuoso, doctrine of affections, internationalism
  • Vocal music è opera, cantata, oratorio, motet, madrigal
  • Instrumental music è baroque instruments, concerto, suite, overture, fugue, sonata

Age of Enlightenment

  • Rococo è Age of Sensibility, changing opera and musical styles
  • Development of forms

Eighteenth Century Classicism

  • The arts è patronage system, concert life
  • Chamber music- string ensembles, serenades, divertimenti
  • Symphony è classical orchestra
  • Concerto
  • Sonata
  • Vocal music è opera, choral forms, solo song
  • Transitional period

Nineteenth Century Music

  • The Romantic Movement è arts, society, style traits
  • Art Song è German lied, song structure (strophic, through-composed), song cycle
  • Piano and its literature è lyric piano piece, sonata
  • Program music è symphony, tone poem, nationalism
  • Romantic Symphony
  • Romantic Concerto
  • Music in America
  • Choral Music
  • Opera
  • Ballet

Twentieth Century Music

  • Impressionism and Post-impressionism
  • Expressionism
  • Primitivism
  • Serialism
  • Neo-classisim
  • Aleatoric
  • Third-stream
  • Electronic
  • Modernism
  • Minimalism

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.