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Areas of Study | | MUSI115 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Music Appreciation
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): F1 900
DELIVERY MODE: In-Person, Online

MUSI 115 is an introduction to representative music masterpieces through perceptive listening. Emphasis is placed on the elements of music, various musical forms and periods, and great composers and performers. Critical thinking, investigation, and reflection are vital learning processes engaged in this course, especially through various listening and writing assignments.

Place into ENGL101.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • develop an understanding of the basic musical elements of rhythm, harmony, timbre, texture, and melody.
    • Success will be demonstrated by their performance on quizzes and tests principally
    • understanding such basic elements will also be shown in their correct application of them in listening projects and a report made on their attendance of a live music performance.
    • quizzes have only multiple choice type questions, tests have some essay type questions
  • become familiar with important musical styles, forms, and genres.
    • familiarity is not possible without regular and consistent attendance at lectures and class participation.
  • develop critical listening skills
    • This will principally be shown in their thoughtful written responses to questions or prompts in listening projects and in their concert report.
    • 5 listening projects will be assigned throughout the semester, each one devoted to a different piece of music, that will test the student's ability to hear and make observations about rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and form, as well as to engage in some historical research.
    • Each project will be a guided essay of 1 to 2 pages (250-500 words). Students will be required to attend one concert of classical music during the semester, then give a written report on it, describing in their own words each selection performed and the impression it made on them.
    • These must be from 800 to 1200 words in length.
    • As proof of attendance, printed programs and/or ticket stubs must be submitted with the report.
  • acquire an enhanced appreciation of music
    • achieved through the successful completion of all assignments mentioned above, as well as by writing a simple composition.
    • project will give students the opportunity to create their own music according to very simple constraints, thereby providing key insights into the creative experience that has made possible great works of musical art.
    • Additionally it will challenge them to define for themselves what is essential to music itself.

  • Unit I: Fundamental Concepts
    • Week 1 Introduction
      • Quiz 1
      • Rhythm and Pitch
      • Musical Notation
    • Week 2 Structures of Music
      • Texture, Tonality and Modality
      • Instruments
    • Unit I Test
      • Chant and Troubadour Music
      • Organum
      • Motets and Some Non-Western Chant
      • Listening Project 1
  • Unit II: Early Music (Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Baroque Periods)
    • Week 4 Paraphrase Technique and Dufay
      • Listening Project 2
      • Polyphonic Masses and Josquin
      • Palestrina, English Madrigals and Dance Music
      • Listening Project 3
      • Quiz 2
    • Week 5 Aspects of Control vs. Aspects of Extravagance
      • Early Opera and Monteverdi
      • Listening Project 4
      • Purcell, Frescobaldi and African Ostinatos
      • Listening Project 5
  • Unit III: The Eighteenth Century (Late Baroque and Classical Periods)
    • Week 6 Unit II Test
      • Basic Style Aspects of Late Baroque Music
      • Vivaldi and Bach
    • Week 7 Vocal and Sacred Music of Handel and Bach
      • Basic Style Aspects of the Classic Period
      • Haydn and the Symphony
      • Quiz 3
      • Listening Project 6
    • Week 8 Mozart and the Keyboard Concerto
      • Mozart and Opera
      • Asian Music
    • Week 9 Beethoven
      • Quiz 4 (on Beethoven)
      • Unit III Test
  • Unit IV: The Nineteenth Century (Romanticism)
    • Week 10
      • Aspects of Romanticism
      • Miniatures
      • Great Pianist-Composers, Berlioz
      • Listening Project 7
    • Week 11
      • Romantic Opera: Verdi and Wagner
      • Tchaikowsky and Brahms (and other Late Romantics)
      • Unit IV Test (take home)
  • Unit V: The Twentieth Century (Modernism)
    • Week 12
      • Modern Music and the Twentieth Century
      • Debussy, Stravinsky and Schoenberg
    • Week 13
      • Berg and Ives
      • Copland and Appalachian Spring
      • Listening Project 8
    • Week 14
      • Experimentalism after World War II
      • Listening Project 9
    • Week 15
      • Late 20th Century Music
      • Student Projects due
      • Listening Project 10
    • Week 16
      • Catch-up Week
      • Concert Reports due
    • Finals week
      • (final exam to focus on material from Unit V)

Kerman, Joseph and Tomlinson, Scott. Listen, 8th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015.

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4 Quizzes (multiple choice questions) together
5 Unit Tests (multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short essay questions)
5 Listening Projects (5-10 pages total)
1 Simple Composition
1 Concert Report (descriptive and reflective writing; 3-5 pages)
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