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Music Appreciation I

MUS 111

Music Appreciation I

MUS 111

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2. Provides fundamentals of listening to and understanding of instrumental music (concerto, small ensemble). Presents basic principles for discussion as they relate to a variety of examples from classical, folk, and pop styles. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of listening to music analytically.

Objectives:

  • Define music/purposes of music.
  • Define Melody, Harmony, Form, Color, and Rhythm.
  • Characterize 3 major style sources (Folk, Art, Pop).
  • Understand fundamental principles of acoustics:

Demonstrate an awareness of the elements of music as applied to the composer.

Objectives:

  • Understand how the composer works.
  • Understand the Inspired, the Struggler, and the Craftsman approaches.
  • Compare approaches among major composers.
  • Compare among composer, arranger, and improviser.
  • Understand major forms composers use: song, part forms, contrapuntal forms, developmental forms, variations, and multi-movement forms.
  • Understand the instruments and mediums of musical expression.

Demonstrate an awareness of elements of music as applied to the performer.

Objectives:

  • Understand how the conductor works.
  • Develop talent and self-discipline.
  • Understand dramatic effects of music.
  • Understand how the performance affects listeners.

Demonstrate an awareness of the elements of music as applied to the listener.

Objectives:

  • Differentiate between live and recorded music.
  • Understand levels of listening; passive, sensory, emotional, perceptive, active.
  • Understand music as a language.
  • Identify major time periods of Western music.
  • Identify recorded and live examples of music.