EMUS%201832%20Syllabus1 - Music Appreciation EMUS 1832-001,...

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Music Appreciation EMUS 1832-001, Fall, 2007 Juliana May M/W/F 9:00-9:50AM email: jmay@colorado.edu Office N1B78, Office Hrs. F 10:00-11:00 or by appt. Required Text/CDs Perspectives on Music (with 2 CDs) by Donald Meyer is available in the bookstore. Course Goals: Students will understand the basic elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and timbre, and be able to apply that understanding to various styles of music. The development of critical listening skills will be emphasized, along with the application of those skills to classical and popular music. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of listening skills as follows: 1. Be able to describe a piece with musical terminology—meter, tempo, phrasing, texture, melodic contour, form, etc. . 2. Be able to identify the timbres—instruments used and type of ensemble. 3. Be able to identify the musical style or era (approximate time period) and be aware of the defining musical characteristics of each classical and popular style covered in class. Historical knowledge will also be emphasized in regard to popular music and the four major classical eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern). Each student should: 1. Be able to identify the principle musical features of each major era of classical music, and each popular style discussed in class. 2. Be able to list the major historical trends of each era of Classical music including trends in the social, economic, religious, political and intellectual realms, as they relate to music. 3. Be able to list the major composers and performers from each musical era. 4. Be able to list the different functions (uses) of music throughout history. Course Requirements: Attendance: Class sessions are a mixture of lecture, discussion, and listening. Good attendance is a prerequisite to developing the listening skills and acquiring the necessary information to do well on the quizzes and exams. Quizzes: Two 50-point quizzes. No late quizzes will be given. Listening Activity Assignments: (total of 25) Listening Activity Assignments are due at the end of each section—on the same day as the quiz or exam. (See the section “Listening Activity Assignments” for requirements and due dates). 125 points—5 points each . Exams: Three 100-point exams. Late exams must be taken within 5 calendar days of the original exam date and scores on late exams are lowered by one third.
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Concert Attendance: You are required to attend 3 concerts during the semester (one of which is the CU Opera production of “Dead Man Walking,” Oct. 26 th , 27 th , and 28th) and to submit a brief report—one page maximum, on each, with the following information— name of performer(s), composer(s), style(s) of music, venue, date, and a brief description using musical terminology (harmony, melody, form, rhythm, timbre) of some aspect of the performance that stood out to you (25 points each). Please staple the
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