MUSC105 American Music

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC105 American 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 American music from Colonial times to the present, including a study of basic acoustics and musical notation. Subject matter includes representative American 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 American music from Colonial times to the present [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 American music from Colonial times to present, including representative 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, written assignments, critical listening assignments, and class participation.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

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

Review/Approval Date - 3/06; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 02/2011; New Core 8/2015