An Introduction to Western Music (3) A general survey of art music in western society, highlighting important composers and stylistic developments.
MUSIC 005 An Introduction to Western Music (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
MUSIC 005 is a course on listening, with emphasis on the relationship between musical style and historical context. The course begins with an introduction to the elements of music. The goal of this section is to give all students, whether they have previous experience as performers, the basic skills necessary to approach any musical work as intelligent listeners. This activity takes four weeks. The remaining portion of the course is spent surveying the history of Western art music, with that history treated as a series of case studies: particular works are considered stylistically with regard to the historical circumstances of their production and consumption. From this activity students gain experience considering artworks in discipline-specific terms, even as they learn to relate particular artistic features to nonmusical factors of culture and society. Three methods of evaluation are used. Four examinations test the students' mastery of the course material. Four concert reports give students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to the act of listening in an authentic performance setting. An analytical paper presents a more detailed challenge, asking students to evaluate a relatively complicated work (such as a Mozart symphony), which they come to know intimately through repeated listening, using the basic technical tools of a music theorist. This requirement also includes a historical-research component. The course requires a technology classroom (typically it is taught in the Forum). It is offered fall and spring semesters, with an enrollment of 300 each semester.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.