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Fall 2018

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MUS101 - Music Appreciation

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys music as a form of communication with emphasis on developing understanding and awareness of the techniques and means of using musical sounds for communication and expressing human emotions both actively, from a performer's point of view, and passively as an informed, knowledgeable and discriminating listener.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify the basic organizational elements of music in composition from six major historical periods in Western music (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary).
2. Demonstrate knowledge of composers, genres, instrumentation, stylistic characteristics, and countries of origin of music from each period.*
3. Distinguish between musical styles of each period by listening to various representative compositions.
4. Analyze and write about musical compositions from each period.
5. Discuss the connections between art, politics, sociology, history and music from each period.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
Section 1: Basic Musical Concepts
Section 2: The Building Blocks of Sound
Section 3: The Organizing Elements of Music
Section 4: Historical Periods

Effective Term: Fall 2017