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Fall 2018

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MUS108 - Music at the Movies

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys the history of film music from the silent era to the present with a focus on Hollywood narrative films. Explores the role and relation of music to the plot and visual elements of film.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

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

1. Formulate ideas regarding the historical development of film and express them in writing
2. Apply standard analytical techniques and terminology to film music in a variety of styles
3. Develop the ability to focus listening on the music in a film and connect the experience of the music track to the visual and narrative elements in the film
4. Assess the effectiveness of the interactions between music and drama through scene studies
5. Recognize a selected repertoire of historically significant films, their soundtracks, their composers, and their approximate date of release and justify their significance.*

* 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:
1. Exploring Film and Music

2. The Silent Film Era (1895-1928)

3. The Sound Era Begins (1928-1944)

4. The Decline of the Hollywood Studio System (1944-1959)

5. A New American Cinema (1960-1976)

6. The Classic Revival (1977-1988)

7. The New Millennium (1989-2004)

Effective Term: Fall 2014