mus250 | undergraduate

Music Appreciation

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This course is a survey of music and its intersections with history and culture, covering how music functions as an emotional force as both a universal language of expression and construction of individual identity. Through an appreciation focusing on musical genres from Western classical to rock and roll, important figures and themes illuminate the importance of music in history and cultural identity.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    The Language of Music

    • Describe the elements of music.
    • Use basic musical theoretical language related to form, texture, and musical expression.
    • Identify instrument families and ensembles.
    • Explain how music is organized into stylistic and historical periods.
    • Identify unique qualities of Medieval music development.

    Music and Faith

    • Explain how music intersects with religious and secular life.
    • Explain how religions and social contexts influenced the development of musical culture.
    • Identify characteristics of Renaissance and Baroque music.
    • Determine how music interweaves with modern life.

    Organizing Music

    • Explore the development of musical form in the Classical period, the Age of Reason, and its need for logic and order.
    • Explore instruments and their development and how this impacted shifts in music.
    • Identify characteristics of Classical period music and the composers who established this style.
    • Explore the development of “public music.”
    • Explore the development of the solo song in art and popular music.

    The Power of Music

    • Explore the connection between nationalism and exoticism in Western art music to political events in Europe and the Americas.
    • Explain how instrumental music is used to convey stories.
    • Describe the development of opera as a political statement in the works of Verdi and Wagner.
    • Explain the importance of discovering folk music styles and vernacular on popular music’s development.

    Rethinking Music

    • Explore the various aesthetic musical trends in art music of the 20th century.
    • Explain how music can characterize specific cultures.
    • Describe how 20th-century music combines various musical genres/styles that cross art music and popular boundaries.
    • Discuss ways that global music is used in visual media to help add cultural context.
    • Assess how music can help establish identity.
    • Reflect on how music is consumed in the 21st century, compared to earlier periods.
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