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MU 001 Z1 Introduction to Classical Music Summer 2012 Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Yutaka Kono Office: Music Building A314 Office Hour: To be announced Email: ykono@uvm.edu COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is designed for everyone who is curious and wants to know more about classical music. Topics will include symphonic music, chamber music, opera, film scores, music with stories, Alt-Classical movement, music history, instruments, how to listen to classical music and a brief introduction on how to read music. A typical class may include: lecture, discussion, in-class listening, and live demonstration. At the successful completion of the course, students are expected to be able to listen to classical music and identify the ensemble type, style, genre, and time period, as well as discuss major composers life and composition style. Students are also expected to attend a concert and provide a review. COURSE OBJECTIVES AND LEARNER OUTCOMES: Students who successfully complete MU 001 Z1 will be able to understand and discuss the evolution of western musical style from Middle Ages through contemporary times. Students will: 1. Develop listening and analysis skills related to the performing media and elements of music, including pitch, dynamics, tone color, rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, texture, and form. 2. Review aspects of notation and score form. 3. Recognize, identify, and discuss characteristics of western art music of various style periods, including Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. 4. Recognize, identify, and discuss masterworks of western art music by stylistic features, composer, genre, and form. REOUIRED MATERIALS: TEXTBOOK Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, 4th ed. Thomson Schirmer. RECORDINGS 5-CD Set (ISBN:1439083487) EVALUATION: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F = 0-59 (See 2004-2006 Catalogue, pg. 58.) PARTICIPATION (10 percent of final grade) Attendance for the entire class meeting is required in order to earn participation points. Students who have excessive absences without valid excuses will be dropped from class. WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS (20 percent of final grade) Written assignments will include analysis of musical works, and reviews of performances. CHAPTER QUIZES (40 percent of final grade) 4 chapter exams will be given during the semester. If a student is absent from a scheduled exam and wishes to make up the exam, written documentation validating the reason for the absence must be provided for consideration. COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM (30 percent of final grade)

Topics: Elements of Music o Whats the difference between listening to pop music and classical music? o Sound, rhythm, pitch, and harmony o Color, texture, dynamics and form o Instruments o Life of classical musicians o Inner workings of professional ensembles The Middle Ages and Renaissance o Chant o Secular music o Motet, madrigal and music of counter reformation The Baroque Period o Basso continuo o Rise of opera o Instrumental music The Classical Period o Music and social change o Haydn, and Mozart o Classical forms o Beethoven Romanticism and 19th Century Music o Romanticists o Program music o Expansion of expression o Romantic opera o Late romanticism o Impressionism o Nationalism Modern and Postmodern Art Music o Diversity and experimentation o Emancipation of dissonance o New rhythm o Experimentalists o Traditionalists o Minimalism and post-minimalism Classical music plus ??? o Jazz (the third stream) o Rock (Art Rock) o Alt-Classical Film Music o Silent film o Modern film music