Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Javadova-Sptizberg, Jamila
Discipline and Number
MUSI 1306 Section 002
TR Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
Understanding Music

Description of Course:

This course is an introduction to music terminology, history, and literature. It is designed to help students critically listen, understand and enjoy music. Students will develop an understanding of a variety of musical forms, life and works of significant composers and renowned musicians. The course will be solely focused on Western Music covering the following major style periods: Middle Ages (400-1400), Renaissance (1400-1600), Baroque (1600-1750), Classical (1750-1825), Romantic (18201900), and Post Romanticism, Impressionism, and Early Twentieth Century (1900-1940).

Required Texts:

Text: Jeremy Yudkin, sixth edition of “Understanding Music” Prentice Hall.
Accompanying 3-CD set***
Notebook for in-class information

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Prior musical knowledge is helpful but not necessary for this class and there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites. However, students should demonstrate an understanding of the course of Western Music and its relationship to the social, political, literary, and cultural thought of the time-- more specifically, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, 20th century periods. Students will be expected to identify and discuss the major elements of Western Music such as harmony, melody, form, timbre, interpretation, texture, and dynamics. Students will be expected to compare and contrast the fundamental characteristics of the styles and elements of music and will be evaluated through tests, quizzes, class participation, and analysis of musical performances. This should result in a better understanding, and in turn, a greater appreciation of all types of music and the society and culture from which this art is derived.

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