MUSC105 American Music

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC105 American Music
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course fulfills Core Category I " Cultural Perspectives
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will
      1. articulate a lexicon of music fundamentals, including familiarity with basic acoustics as represented in musical notation;
      2. identify the respective composers, instruments, musical styles, genres, and forms of American music from Colonial times to the present; and
      3. develop critical listening skills.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will
      1. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations; (1,2)
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via quizzes, examinations, critical listening assignments, and class participation.
    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Students satisfy the Core Learning Goals by completing written assignments that may take the form of quizzes, examinations, term papers, and/or departmentally developed projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    This course requires a textbook, and related audio recordings. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

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