Course DescriptionMUSC*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.
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.
- 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?
|Assessment Item||Weight||Learning Outcomes|
|Experiential Learning Assignment||55%||1, 3, 4, 5|
|Midterm Exam||15%||1, 2, 3, 5|
|Final Exam||20%||2, 3, 5|
|Total||100%||1, 2, 3, 4, and 5|
*Course details are subject to change.