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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

Restriction(s):  MUSC*2280


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


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