May 05, 2021
AT 108 - Music Appreciation
Music Appreciation is a non-technical course designed with the listener in mind. The course guides students in approaching classical music of the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. Topics include diversity of musical forms, historical backgrounds, composer biographies, and selected musical examples. The course culminates in each student’s attendance and review of a live Symphony Orchestra performance.
- Assignments: Varied Throughout the 12 Week Term
- Interactivity: Discussion Forums
- Final Assessment: Final Project
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify the elements and vocabulary of music for mastery of discussion of music of all styles.
- Make judgments and critical observations about musical works based on the elements and concepts of music: pitch, melody, rhythm, timbre, harmony, musical texture, musical form, notation, tempos and dynamics.
- Identify various musical instruments and ensembles: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and vocal.
- Articulate basic understanding of the historical periods of music, including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic.
- Describe the role of music within historical, artistic, and cultural traditions.
- Recognize the styles of each of the historical periods by aurally identifying standard masterpieces.
- Be familiar with technical aspects of selected pieces: orchestration, instrumentation, form and musical texture.
- Appreciate the creative process of music by demonstrating familiarity of the lives and styles of individual composers.
- Describe and explain performance practice: playing, singing, and conducting.
- Develop skills of aesthetic judgment and critical thinking through music listening in-class and at scheduled live performances.
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