Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rodriguez, Robert
Discipline and Number
ATEC 6383 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Music & Human Experience

Description of Course:

An active composer of opera and music for the theater will explore ways in which sound/music reflects human experience and influences reactions and emotions. Examples will be drawn from concert music of Western Europe and the Americas, along with film music and music of other genres and cultures. Topics will include: Definitions; Techniques for Verbalization; Aesthetics; Elements and Organization of Sound/Music; Acoustics and Psychology: Memory and Perception; Dramatic Shapes in Time; Music in Historical Context; Appropriation; Emotion and Meaning in Music; Narrative; Representations of Nature, Place, Culture, Personalities & Archetypes, Sexual Experience, Humor, Death, War, Celebrations, Ritual and the Supernatural. Each session will begin with a short lecture by the instructor, followed by student presentations and class discussion. Each week, each student will be asked to present an original or recorded example of sound/music that illustrates the topic.

1) Demonstrate understanding of the elements of sound/music and the ways those elements may be organized to convey information and to elicit specific responses.
2) Demonstrate expertise in the terminology and techniques necessary to provide formal written description and analysis of the non-verbal phenomenon of sound/music.
3) Demonstrate understanding of music in historical context: composers, genres and representative masterworks, with particular attention to musical style.

Required Texts:

Copland: Music and Imagination
Storr: Music and the Mind
Stravinsky: The Poetics of Music
Plus on-line readings and listening

Bond: A History of Music in Western Culture (Plus Set of 12 CDs)
Copland: What to Listen for in Music
Cox/Warner: Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music
Wingell: Writing About Music

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

For both ATEC and A&H students; may be counted toward degree requirements in both programs. Musical experience is helpful, but not required.

1) Class discussion (25% of grade),
2) Class presentations/short written assignments (25% of grade), and
3) Creative project with accompanying analytical essay OR a portfolio of weekly analytical essays OR an analytical term paper (50% of grade).

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