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SYLLABUS Repertoire + Listening for Musicians Carnegie Mellon University School of Music “If you like music at all, you’ll find out the meanings for yourselves, just by listening.” Leonard Bernstein Instructor: Paul Johnston [email protected] Course number: 57-188 updated August 2017
Table of Contents Welcome 0 Why we have this course 1 What you need for this course 2 How the course is organized 2 Navigating online 2 Exams 3 Grading 3 For a practicing musician, without those two flaps sticking out from the sides of the head, body parts like fingers, embouchure, or vocal chords don’t matter much musically. More important is the brain which interprets the data a musician’s ears pick up. For the musician—and for those of us who are their audiences—these instincts are trained by our cultural contexts and what we’ve heard within them. REPERTOIRE+LISTENING FOR MUSICIANSwill expose you to many of the best practitioners of the art. Even if you don’t have a musical career in mind, there’s value in just marinating in excellence—in having lived a life which includes that once-in-a-species composer Mozart and the intensity of conductor Arturo Toscanini. Here’s why I’m excited about this course: 1) All of us love music anyway, so here we get to listen to a lot of something we love. 2) Rep + Listening’s online focus sure beats when I was in school and had to go to the library to do all my listening. Today, we can utilize newer media to return to the ancient notion of learning inductively from extensive exposure to good models. That’s how people like Handel learned and fulfilled their genius. 3) Lastly, we’re doing something which would make Plato happy. “There is no difficulty in seeing that grace or the absence of grace is an effect of good or bad rhythm.”Plato, The Republic
1 DISCLAIMER: You are responsible for knowing the course requirements outlined in this syllabus. The syllabus is available online at the Canvas site for Survey of Western Music History at cmu.instructure.com. Failure to fulfill requirements in a timely fashion will detrimentally affect your grade.

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