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Course Description

MUSC*1060 explores the place classical music holds in contemporary society, drawing upon texts from popular and cyber culture. Focusing on examples that engage with Western art music from 1100 – 1791 C.E., this course teaches students the skills necessary for media and information literacy while also developing music-historical knowledge and providing foundational training in university-level writing about music. No prior musical training is necessary.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

1.     Articulate general aspects of the academic study of music, including the sub-fields of musicology and ethnomusicology

2.     Aurally identify works from the classical and popular traditions.

3.     Solve music-related questions through the use of recordings (audio and visual), reference articles, and journal articles.

4.    Produce a robust writing sample that includes music vocabulary and concepts.

5.    Formulate a personal view of the relationship between music and contemporary society, music and power, and music and politics.


Course Topics

  •  Building Your Musical Vocabulary
  •  Music and the Middle Ages: What do Troubadours and Led Zeppelin Have in Common?
  •  Music and the Renaissance
  •  Music and the Baroque Period: Creating Opera, Clashing Cambiata
  •  Music and the Classical Era: What Do Disney, The Simpsons, and Mozart all Have in Common?

Additional Requirements

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Restriction(s):  MUSC*2280, MUSC*2600, MUSC*2610, MUSC*2620, MUSC*3630


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Experiential Learning Assignment 55% 1, 3, 4, 5
Listening Tests 10% 2
Midterm Exam 15% 1, 2, 3, 5
Online Final Exam 20% 2, 3, 5
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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