2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 06, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

MUS 240 - Music Appreciation


Description: Explores the common elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and form as they connect with the heritage of human understanding. Examines issues of universal human concern that are reflected in all styles of music from folk to classical.

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, form
  2. Styles of music: folk, popular, jazz, and classical art music
  3. Influences within major historic periods (i.e. medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary)
  4. Representative composers and their compositions from the major periods and styles
  5. Cultural issues expressed through the production of music in Western societies

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Apply a designated vocabulary of terms to describe common elements of music. (1) 
  2. Use listening skills essential for perception of music by comparing and differentiating numerous musical examples taken from standard music literature. (2-4)
  3. Describe the stylistic differences between music of the major historical musical periods of Western culture. (2,3) 
  4. Identify music of the folk and popular traditions, and compare these styles with classical art music. (2)
  5. Identify and classify major composers of both classical literature and music of the popular traditions. (3,4) 
  6. Discuss and analyze the connection between musical aesthetic principles and the cultural and historical context from which musical compositions derive. (3,5)
  7. Examine and discuss universal (moral, spiritual, intellectual, and aesthetic) issues expressed through the production of music in Western societies. (3,5)
  8. Identify, interpret, evaluate and synthesize stylistic characteristics as they apply to contrasting world views through musical compositions. (2,4,5) 

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of evaluated writing.