Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the stylistic elements of different periods in music history.
2. Relate how musical styles owe their characteristics to the inventive genius of the composers, performers, and theorists of a given period.
3. Explain how music-making is linked to the great endeavors of human thought and activity.
4. Recognize musical performance practices from Antiquity through the Baroque era as interpreted and performed in their historical contexts.
5. Identify important music terminologies and relate them to each area studied.
6. Analyze and discuss the music of each historical period using proper music terminology.
7. Explain how the dynamic interactions of Western and non-Western
musical traditions have transformed the development of Western music.
For each historical era, discussion will focus on the social and economic conditions of that era, political and religious movements, interactions of Western and non-Western cultures and musical traditions, and how all of these factors shaped the works of the prominent composers of that era.
I. Antiquity and the Middle Ages (c. 500 BCE-1350 CE)
A. Ancient Greece and Early Christian Music
B. Music in the Monastery and Convent
C. Later Medieval Chant: Hildegard von Bingen, et al.
D. Troubadours and Trouvères
E. Early Polyphony: Organum
F. Music in France: Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova
II. Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance (1350-1450)
A. Music in Florence: Landini, Dufay, et al.
B. Music in England: Dunstable, et al.
C. Music in France: Ockeghem, Obrecht, et al.
III. Late Renaissance (1450-1600)
A. Music in Florence: Josquin de Prez, et al.
B. Music in Paris: Claudin de Sermisy, et al.
C. Instruments and Instrumental Music
D. Music in Germany: Luther, Orlando de Lassus, et al.
E. Music in Italy: Gesualdo, Monteverdi, et al.
IV. The Baroque Era (1600-1750)
A. Early Baroque Music
B. Vocal Music in Italy
C. Religious Music in Rome
D. Instrumental Music in Italy: Torelli, Vivaldi, et al.
E. Vocal and Instrumental Music in France: Lully, Couperin, et al.
F. Music in England: Purcell, Handel, et al.
G. Music in Germany: J. S. Bach, et al.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
5 - 5%
|Concert attendance report||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
40 - 45%
|Short essay questions, music analysis||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
40 - 45%
|Written exams: multiple-choice, short answer, short essays; Aural identification of musical examples||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
5 - 10%
|Attendance and class participation||
Concise History of Western Music (5th ed.). Hanning, Barbara Russano. W.W. Norton: 2014.
Instructor prepared materials.