MUS 202 : Introduction to Music: 1800-Present

Transcript title

Intro to Music: 1800-Present



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

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Introduces the history of Western fine-art music and its literature. Encompasses the study of musical vocabulary, style, form, principal composers and the historical development of music from the Romantic, Twentieth Century and Contemporary eras.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify notable works of music and composers in the Western tradition from 1800 to present day.
2. Use musical arts vocabulary and language.
3. Discuss the relationships between music and society in historical, social, cultural, and philosophical contexts.
4. Explain traditional Western compositional and performance techniques musicians used from 1800 to present day.

Content outline

• Basic Fundamentals of Listening
• Musical Elements - melody, rhythm, harmony, texture and forms
• Musical Instruments
Eighteenth Century Classicism
• Music of the Mind – The symphony and the orchestra
Nineteenth Century Music
• Music of the Heart - the Romantic Movement’s influence on the arts, society, and the development of new musical genres
• Music of the Nation – the development of nationalism and its influence on music
Twentieth and Twenty First Century Music
• Music of Fracture – Various artistic movements and how they reflect or refract on the creation of new musical styles.
• Music and Technology – how modern technological advancements influence both the development of new genres as well as the exploration of new sounds in music.

Required materials

Class will require a textbook and/or readings determined by the instructor.

Grading methods

Grades will be determined by exams, written research and reflection assignments, quizzes, presentations, in-class exercises and other assignments.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Arts and Letters

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