MUSI1306 Music Appreciation

Course Description

A non-technical survey course designed for the intelligent appreciation of Western and non-Western music styles represented throughout history. Recordings, videos, and live performance help illustrate the influence of music within the various fine arts.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Listen to music with deeper and more focused listening skills which may result in a greater understanding of, and enjoyment of, classical music.
  2. Use "music vocabulary" that will enable you to read about and discuss classical music with greater understanding and confidence.
  3. Place works of the classical music canon in historical context.
  4. Make connections between music and the other arts and the history of society.
  5. Recognize pieces of the standard classical music repertoire.
  6. Listen critically to, and form an opinion about, both repertoire and performance choices made in concerts you listen to or attend.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To participate in groups with an emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and response.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a cited, well argued and documented paper.
  • To demonstrate an awareness of the scope of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand music as an expression of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to musical compositions and performances of them.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to musical compositions.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern musical composition.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and music on intercultural experiences.
  • To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.