MUSC101 Introduction to Music

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC101 Introduction to Music
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a listening-based survey of Western art music from Gregorian chant to the present, including a study of basic acoustics and musical notation. Subject matter includes representative composers, their lives, times, and works, as well as musical instruments, styles, genres, and forms presented in an historical context.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. articulate a lexicon of music fundamentals, including familiarity with basic acoustics as represented in musical notation [Arts/Humanities];
    2. identify the respective composers, instruments, musical styles, genres, and forms of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras [Arts/Humanities]; and
    3. develop critical listening skills [Arts/Humanities].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. definitions and associated terminology pertaining to pitch, duration, intensity, and timbre
    2. musical notation of pitch, duration, intensity, and timbre
    3. historical survey of the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. Topics include composers, instruments, styles, genres, and forms
    4. introduction to the methodology of critical listening
    5. application of critical listening skills to representative musical repertoire.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via quizzes, examinations, critical listening assignments, and class participation.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    This course requires textbook and related audio recordings. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2010; New Core 8/2015