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Music (MUSIC)

MUSIC 261 (GA;IL) Survey of Music History I (3) A survey of music history to 1750, with readings, listening, and lecture.

MUSIC 261 Survey of Music History I (3)
(GA; IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The course is a survey of music history from antiquity to 1750, with readings, listening, and lecture. The principal objectives are: to acquaint students with important musical works from this period of European history; to place these works in their larger social, cultural, economic, and intellectual contexts; and to introduce analytical methods useful for describing technical musical features and relating those features to extra-musical concerns. As the second course in the music history sequence designed for music majors and minors, Music 261 forms a part of the core music curriculum required for advanced (400-level) study in the discipline.

Assignments and evaluation methods are designed to help students develop their critical faculties and communication skills, through listening, reading, in-class discussion, examinations, and writing. There is significant emphasis on intercultural and international competence through study of music from a range of European countries. Musical analysis is integrated with consideration of the historical, social, cultural, religious, and economic circumstances of the works’ production. The course stresses development of criteria of aesthetic judgment, with respect to musical style (deployment of the various musical elements: melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, timbre) and the relationship of style to non-musical historical factors.
The course is normally offered in the fall semester. It requires a piano and audio equipment.

General Education: GA
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: MUSIC 131, MUSIC 162

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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