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Last approved: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:01:12 GMT

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MUS (Music)
205
016051
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to Music in Western Society
Intro Music Western Society
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
Music (24MUS)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Upon Demand
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Tom Koch, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3030NoOnly one section
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Introduction to the art of music in Western society, for the general student. Focuses on the western art music tradition, including stylistic periods from medieval to post-modern. Begins with the study of basic musical elements, formal principles and compositional techniques. This course may require students to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event.

The VPA outcomes and measures are under GEP review.  In addition, we are submitting the course for approval as GEP Global Knowledge.


Yes
This course may require students to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event.
Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Visual & Performing Arts
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students will describe aesthetic, cultural, and historical characteristics of the stylistic periods in the Western art music tradition: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Post-modern periods.
 
 
Students will take two tests. Sample question: How did employment opportunities for musicians in the Renaissance differ from those in the 19th century? Be sure to cite the circumstances of specific musicians in your discussion.
 
 
In evaluating musical performances, students will employ basic music terminology correctly to describe simple phenomena in rhythm, melody, harmony, sound, and form.
 
 
Students will attend a live concert and write a review of the performance that analyzes a number of musical works on the basis of their formal features and expressive content. By doing so, they will demonstrate their understanding of how individual works relate to overall features of a general style.
 
 
Students will discuss comparative values of several works of music, employing appropriate terminology and analytical methods to describe the works and their cultural contexts
 
 
Students will compile a Listening Journal of assigned works that evaluates common and accepted features of musical composition. Sample Journal question: Based on class discussion and your aural observations, discuss the differences between Schubert’s Erlkönig and Babbit’s Philomel in form, technique, style, and historical context.
Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
Students will articulate distinguishing characteristics related to music composed in or identified with various European societies from three centuries of cultural development, including France, Germany, Italy, England, and Russia.
 
 
On tests, students will write essays in which they correlate auditory musical experiences with religious, economic, social, and political aspects of the societies from which they emerge and whose values they reflect.
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Students will investigate a number of musical cultures on the basis of historically manifested changes in forms of creation and performance brought about by such forces as colonization, migration, technological development, and changes in political systems.
 
 
Students will take tests in which they will be asked to identify works of art from the European art music tradition and discuss their aesthetic attributes as reflections of contemporary historical events, such as the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon with the emergence of Beethoven's revolutionary musical style.
US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
N/A
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
No
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
All materials necessary for this class will be available either through Library Reserves or over the internet.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Please see syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
This course may require students to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event.
No new resources

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe aesthetic, cultural, and historical aspects of the stylistic periods in the Western art music tradition:  Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Post-modern periods.

  • In evaluating musical performances, employ basic music terminology correctly to describe simple phenomena in rhythm, melody, harmony, sound, and form.

  • Articulate distinguishing characteristics related to music composed in or identified with various European societies from three centuries of cultural development, including France, Germany, Italy, England, and Russia.

  • Investigate a number of musical cultures on the basis of historically manifested changes in forms of creation and performance brought about by such forces as colonization, migration, technological development, and changes in political systems

  • Discuss comparative values of several works of music, employing appropriate terminology and analytical methods to describe the works and their cultural contexts.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the musical elements and their application to the Western canon

  • Analyze and identify composers’ specific treatment of musical elements

  • Apply the musical elements to Western musical periods and identify compositions based on a stylistic treatment of the elements.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major Western composers and their historical position based on their stylistic treatment of the elements.

  • Differentiate between the styles and uses of art music and social music


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Test50%Two tests are given throughout the term and are graded equally. Tests are primarily multiple-choice, with questions derived from class lectures and listening assignments, and a couple of short written essays. The 2nd test is not cumulative.
Written Assignment40%Listening journal: You will be required to keep a journal of your observations made while listening to assigned compositions. Journal entries will be assigned on a weekly basis.

-The completed journal will contain about 20 entries (i.e., 20 or more individual musical selections) and will be submitted in 2 installments (see “Course Outline”). Each entry should average ½ to ¾ pages (typed, single-space, 12-pitch Times New Roman font).

-Journals submitted after the deadline will be deducted 10% per day. Incomplete journals will be deducted proportionately.
Written Assignment10%Concert review: You are required to attend one NCSU music department event listed on the Events website (https://music.dasa.ncsu.edu/events/).

-The review must NOT be based on a concert in which you yourself are performing. This project is about experiencing a performance as a distanced listener, absorbing the ambiance of the performance without the advantage of repeated hearings or rehearsed knowledge. It is as much about first impressions as about critical listening.

-Concert reviews submitted after the deadline will be deducted 10% per day.

-The concert review should be 2½ -3 typed pages (double-spaced, 12-pitch Times New Roman font, 1” margins). Before you attend, prepare yourself on what to write by reading this guide:

-“Reporting on the Concert Experience” and look at “Sample Concert Report No. 1” by Kristine Forney at the following address:
The VPA outcomes and measures are under GEP review. In addition, we are submitting the course for approval as GEP Global Knowledge.
kkharris (Mon, 02 May 2016 19:13:27 GMT): Course approved (University College CCC 5/2/16) with suggestions on revisions to the syllabus for grammatical and formatting errors, and clarifications on grading.
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