Approved by Faculty Senate

University Studies Course Approval

Department or Program: Music

Course Number: 111

Course Title: Film Music: Art Behind the Scenes

Catalog Description:

The course will demonstrate the importance of music in what is perhaps the single most important 20th century new entertainment and artistic medium known as Film. The course will progress from the early beginnings of the silent screen up to the present day. Students will learn the important, basic musical elements (i.e. melody, rhythm, harmony, etc) and
how composers use them in film scoring. Students will do a "hands-on" project putting music to a film clip.

No prior music experience necessary.

This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 X .

OR

This is a new course proposal _____. (If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval Form must also be completed as in the process prescribed by

WSU Regulation 3-4.)

Department Contact Person for this course: Dr. James S. Hoch

Email: jhoch@winona.edu


Course Syllabus

Film Music: Art Behind the Scenes

Instructor:

Dr. James S. Hoch
Winona State University
Performing Arts Center 141
507-457-5253
e-mail: jhoch@winona.edu
Office hours: posted on door

Texts:

Karlin: Listening to Movies

Software Needed:

    IBM  Music Sculptor
    Mac - MasterTracks Pro

    Both - QuickEditor

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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION:

The course will demonstrate the importance of music in what is perhaps the single most important 20th century new entertainment and artistic medium known as Film.
The course will progress from the early beginnings of the silent screen up to the present day. Students will learn the important, basic musical elements (i.e. melody, rhythm, harmony, etc) and how composers use them in film scoring. Students will do a "hands-on" project putting music to a film clip. No prior music experience necessary.

The course is designed as a University Studies Course under the classification of Fine and Performing Arts. The course objectives and requirements demonstrate how the student can fulfill the opportunity to exhibit creative expression.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES (University Studies Criteria that promote students' abilities to):

a.    explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline:
   
�    the course will show the artistic side of film music and how important it is to the medium of film.
�    the course will examine the historical lineage starting from the silent film days to the present.
�    the course will demonstrate how a composer sets music to a film, what are the difficulties, who is involved, the important terminology, etc.
�    the course will highlight some of the significant composers who have contributed to the art.
�    the course will investigate the stylistic influences composers have utilized.
�    the course will teach the basic music elements (i.e. melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, orchestration) needed to "create musically".

a.    use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or interpretive performances:

�    "hands-on" project--- Using the tools to compose, the student will set music to a brief video clip. No prior music writing experience necessary--students will work with a music sequencing program and a video editor.

a.    understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression:

�    the course will show the important woman composers who have emerged in what has been essentially a very male dominated profession (i.e. Shirley Walker, Anne Dudley, and Rachel Portman).
�    the course will also demonstrate the important Afro-American contribution to the film music history (Quincy Jones).
�    The course will examine the historical lineage starting from the silent film days to the present. The early days of sound will demonstrate the strong European connection with the important "fathers of film scoring": Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

a.    engage in reflective analysis of their own work or interpretive performance and respond to the work of others:

�    in class presentations of the final "hands-on" project. Students will discuss each other's work.
�    2-film music reviews. (see attached description)

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EXAMS & GRADING POLICY

Mid-term and final exam will be 50% of your grade. The exams will assess material presented in the class, readings, and web page assignments, audio examples and video clips. Two film music reviews will be 25% of your grade. Details on format will be given in class and will be located at the following link: Film Music Review Guidelines. The "hands on" project will be the remaining 25% of your grade. You will use a music sequencer to "compose" a short "score" to a video clip. The details needed for the project can be found at the following web page: Film Music Student Project

50% mid-term & final exam

25% 2 film music reviews

25% project


ATTENDANCE

I take attendance, but it does not affect you grade. It is for record keeping. Good attendance and participation in class can sometimes help with grades that are borderline. The opposite also is true. Material from the class lecture and discussions will comprise most of the exams. You will want to come to class and not miss out on information and stimulating discussions.
If you must miss a class, be sure to get the information from someone in the class. Absence from an exam must be cleared with the instructor ahead of time or have an excuse from a physician or the Dean.


ANY CHANGES TO THE SYLLABUS WILL BE POSTED AND ANNOUNCED.


WHEN YOU HAVE READ THIS SYLLABUS...PLEASE E-MAIL INSTRUCTOR (JHOCH
@winona.edu) INDICATING ACKNOWLEDGMENT

SIMPLY STATE: "I HAVE READ THE SYLLABUS AND UNDERSTAND THE GRADING
PROCESS."

BONUS POINTS: SEND E-MAIL TO ME BY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 AND RECEIVE 10
POINTS EXTRA CREDIT ADDED TO MID-TERM EXAM. REPLY LATER THAN FRIDAY,
SEPTEMBER 1 ---INSTRUCTOR WILL SUBTRACT 10 POINTS FROM MID-TERM EXAM