MUSC201 Music Styles and Literature: Music before 1750

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC201 Music Styles and Literature: Music before 1750
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
MUSC112 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an historical and analytical study of Western music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods. Students explore lives and works of prominent composers in an historical context, while examining representative forms, styles, genres, and compositional techniques of the respective musical eras in both written and aural contexts.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods; and
      2. analyze theoretically the forms, styles, genres, and compositional techniques of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course in not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. examine the chronological development of music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods in an historical context;
    2. define, identify, examine, and analyze the representative forms, styles, genres, and compositional techniques of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods in both written and aural formats;
    3. perform critical listening and aural analysis tasks, both real-time and prepared;
    4. perform theoretical analysis tasks (formal, harmonic, contrapuntal, comparative, and stylistic) in class and/or as homework;
    5. examine the components and processes of developing an effective oral presentation (including, but not limited to such topics as methodology, information gathering strategies, topical organization and sequencing schema, audience analysis, delivery techniques, verbal and non-verbal skills, precursary knowledge of topic, preparation of materials and supplementary multimedia presentations); and
    6. prepare a large-scale analysis project which correctly and effectively applies appropriate analytical methods (formal, harmonic, contrapuntal, comparative, and/or stylistic) and strategies to achieve the stated objective(s).
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Course-specific content will be assessed via homework and in-class assignments, quizzes, exams, and a large-scale analysis project. A final comprehensive examination will be administered to assess all subject matter components that are detailed in the Course Learning Goals for this course.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    There is a departmentally selected textbook and musical repertoire anthology.
    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 - 1/96; Revised 3/2010