MUSC105 American Music
Department of The Arts: Music
Course Number and TitleMUSC105 American Music
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationThis course fulfills Core Category I – Cultural Perspectives
Catalog Course DescriptionThis 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will
- articulate a lexicon of music fundamentals, including familiarity with basic acoustics as represented in musical notation;
- identify the respective composers, instruments, musical styles, genres, and forms of American music from Colonial times to the present; and
- develop critical listening skills.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations; (1,2)
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- definitions and associated terminology pertaining to pitch, duration, intensity and timbre
- musical notation of pitch, duration, intensity and timbre
- historical survey of American music from Colonial times to present, including representative composers, instruments, styles, genres, and forms
- introduction to the methodology of critical listening
- application of critical listening skills to representative musical repertoire
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via quizzes, examinations, critical listening assignments, and class participation.
- Core (if applicable) 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.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:This course requires a textbook, and related audio recordings. See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection 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