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|MUSI 255 - MUSIC, HISTORY AND CULTURE|
This course studies music as an expression of the human experience in cultural context. The music considered spans from medieval chant to current contemporary music, with a special focus on music's development as an art shaped by individuals and society. Landmark works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and other masters will explore the "classical" western music tradition. The 20th and 21st century musical styles considered will range from impressionism, atonality and minimalism to jazz and music represented in the increasingly rich global fusion of today's vernacular music. Music's relationship with religion, drama, dance, art, and politics, as well as its role in defining popular, minority, and high culture, will be explored.
Prior musical training is not required for this class. The course's musical exploration requires a shared basic music vocabulary. For that reason, we will begin with a study of music fundamentals: rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, form, media, and basic music notation. Increased music vocabulary and comprehension enable the student to more meaningfully experience, listen, analyze, discuss, and write about music. Learning to listen with deeper understanding and enhanced enjoyment are central objectives. Keeping a music listening journal is a central aspect of the course. Composers' lives, diverse music styles, and important works are studied not only to explore music's evolutionary paths but to stimulate curiosity and enhance the student's enjoyment of music.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
FOR MUSI 255
( Course or Test: MUSI 123
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )
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