Approved by Faculty Senate

 

University Studies Course Approval

Department or Program: Music

Course Number: 109

Number of Credits 3

Course Title: Introduction to Music

Catalog Description:

Study of the elements of music, fundamental techniques and formal patterns. Stylistic traits of Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern periods. Brief biographies of outstanding composers. Aquisition of familiarity with representative works through recordings. Offered each semester.

This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2: Yes

Department Contact Person for this Course: Suzanne Draayer

 

Email: sdraayer@winona.edu

 

Rationale:

This course is designed as a University Studies Course under the classification of Humanities. The course objectives and requirements demonstrate how the students can explore the search for meaning and value in human life by examining its expression in cultural forms and texts, literature and the arts. This course promotes the students’ abilities to identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of music from the Middle Ages through contemporary times. Students will understand how historical context, cultural values and gender roles influenced perceptions, interpretations, and availability of printed music and performances. Additionally, students will understand the role of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of music in the human experience.

 

 

USP Course Objectives (University Studies Criteria that promote students’ abilities to):

1) Identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of music:

- the course will identify the style periods of music history - the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, Modernism, Serialism, and Contemporary.

- the course will discuss the major composers of each style period (Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Strauss, Wagner, Ives, Copland, Bernstein, Berg, Debussy, Stravinsky, etc.)

- the course will discuss the fundamentals of music (tempo, melody, rhythm, texture, tonality, dynamics, form, timbre, instrumentation, etc.)

- the course will discuss genres, including art song, opera, musical, string quartet, symphony, piano music, solo instrumental works, choral, etc.

 

2) Understand how historical context, cultural values and gender roles influenced perceptions and interpretations:

- the course will discuss major historical events and relate them to the composers and musicians of the times

- the course will discuss the role of women in music, as composers, performers and teachers

- the course will discuss socioeconomic trends and their influence on composers and concerts

- the course will discuss the rise of the middle class and its impact on the patronage system

- the course will discuss the role of the Catholic church in the development of Western Art Music

 

 

 

 

3) Understand the role of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of music in the human experience:

- the students will discuss and listen to live and recorded (audio and video) music

- the course will analyze music according to form, texture, rhythm, tempo, genre, style characteristics, etc.

- the course will evaluate music and its response to developments in poetry, literature, art, politics, etc.

- the course will discuss the importance of music in various cultures of the world.

 

Course Syllabus

 

MUS 109 -- Introduction to Music

 

Professor:

Dr. Suzanne Draayer

Winona State University

Performing Arts Center 139

507-457-5255

E-mail: sdraayer@winona.edu

Office hours: posted on the door

 

 

Text: LISTEN by Joseph Kerman, fourth brief edition, Worth publishers. Six compact discs.

ISBN#1-57259-422-5 (This text will be replaced as new editions become available.)

 

Catalog Description:

 

Study of the elements of music, fundamental techniques and formal patterns. Stylistic traits of Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern periods. Brief biographies of outstanding composers. Aquisition of familiarity with representative works through recordings. Offered each semester.

 

This course is designed as a University Studies Course under the classification of Humanities. The course objectives and requirements demonstrate how the students can explore the search for meaning and value in human life by examining its expression in cultural forms and texts, literature and the arts. This course promotes the students’ abilities to identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of music from the Middle Ages through contemporary times. Students will understand how historical context, cultural values and gender roles influenced perceptions, interpretations, and availability of printed music and performances. Additionally, students will understand the role of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of music in the human experience.

 

 

USP Course Objectives (University Studies Criteria that promote students’ abilities to):

1) Identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of music:

- the course will identify the style periods of music history - the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, Modernism, Serialism, and Contemporary.

- the course will discuss the major composers of each style period (Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Strauss, Wagner, Ives, Copland, Bernstein, Berg, Debussy, Stravinsky, etc.)

- the course will discuss the fundamentals of music (tempo, melody, rhythm, texture, tonality, dynamics, form, timbre, instrumentation, etc.)

- the course will discuss genres, including art song, opera, musical, string quartet, symphony, piano music, solo instrumental works, choral, etc.

 

 

2) Understand how historical context, cultural values and gender roles influenced perceptions and interpretations:

- the course will discuss major historical events and relate them to the composers and musicians of the times

- the course will discuss the role of women in music, as composers, performers and teachers

- the course will discuss socioeconomic trends and their influence on composers and concerts

- the course will discuss the rise of the middle class and its impact on the patronage system

- the course will discuss the role of the Catholic church in the development of Western Art Music

 

 

3) Understand the role of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of music in the human experience:

- the students will discuss and listen to live and recorded (audio and video) music

- the course will analyze music according to form, texture, rhythm, tempo, genre, style characteristics, etc.

- the course will evaluate music and its response to developments in poetry, literature, art, politics, etc.

- the course will discuss the importance of music in various cultures of the world

 

Assignments and Assessments:

Grading: 600 points possible

100 points each - 5 tests taken from the LISTEN text, class lectures, and listening examples.

100 points total (25 points each ) - 4 critiques (2 pages each). Students must attend four classical concerts and write a brief paper discussing aspects of the concert.

 

 

Grading scale: A 90-100 (540-600 points) B 80-89 (540-480pts.) C 70-79 (480-420 pts.) D 60-69 (420-360 pts.) E below 60 (below 360 pts.)

 

 

Attendance policy: I want you to do well in this class. Attendance will not be taken due to class size, but daily attendance will prepare you for the tests. Involve yourself with the material by listening, reading, taking notes, and by participating in class. Ask questions when you need help.

Tests will be taken on time except in the case of extreme emergency. You must notify me in advance of any missed test. Any test missed, except in the case of an emergency, will result in the grade of zero.

 

 

 

 

Basic Instructional Plan and Teaching methods Utilized:

Lecture

Group work

Guest speakers (performers and conductors involved in WSU concerts and recitals)

Videos (symphonies, operas, musicals, etc.)

Individual Work