Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Durbin, Kelly
Discipline and Number
MUSI 1306 Section 001
MWF Time 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Course Title
Understanding Music

Description of Course:

An introduction to the elements and basic forms of music, with particular emphasis on the composer's creative process and the listener's participation. Methods of analytical and aesthetic appreciation will be applied to musical examples, with corollaries in literature, history, theatre, and the visual arts.

Understanding Music is a general survey of the history and literature of music, with the goal of intelligent listening and appreciation on the part of students. Important composers, forms, and characteristics of music are heard through recordings and performances. No previous knowledge of music is required.

Upon successful completion the course, students will:
• Identify the composer, title, and historical musical period classification of a piece of music through aural identification.
• Identify the sound of the more common instruments used in symphonic and other styles of music.
• Identify and interpret the common language and musical terms used in music.

Required Texts:

Text required: The Enjoyment of Music, 11th ed. (shorter version) by Kristine Forney & Joseph Machlis (ISBN 978-0-395-91244-9)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

The class will be taught by face-to-face lecture and discussion. There will be a heavy emphasis on listening to audio examples in class, as well as the use of internet resources for instruction, study, and review. Students will be required to attend 3 concerts that are presented on campus and write short reviews on them. There will also be three tests that will consist of questions based on material from the text, lectures, and videos, as well as listening identification.

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