music syllabus

Music syllabus - MUSIC 21002 1000 YEARS OF MUSICAL LISTENING Myron Gray [email protected] Office Hours By Appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION Fall

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M USIC 21–002 1000 Y EARS OF M USICAL L ISTENING Myron Gray Fall 2009 [email protected] MWF 10–11AM Office Hours: By Appointment FB407 C OURSE D ESCRIPTION In this survey, students learn to listen historically, analytically, and imaginatively to music from the Middle Ages to the present day. A wide range of repertories—including chant, opera, orchestral music, chamber music, and jazz—is covered. Composers studied include Machaut, Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Stravinsky, and Miles Davis. No prior musical knowledge is required. R EQUIRED T EXTBOOK AND CD S J. Kerman and G. Tomlinson, Listen , Sixth Edition (Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008) C OURSE R EQUIREMENTS Reading and Listening Students will complete reading and listening assignments in preparation for each class. These are listed in the schedule below, under the date on which they are due. This course treats listening as a skill—an active and practiced engagement with music, similar to playing an instrument. It is essential that students pay close and sustained attention to the listening selections. Additional listening guidelines are provided in the textbook. Listening Responses Students will write one listening response for each unit, excluding the first one (Fundamentals). Each response will demonstrate a different mode of engaged listening. The Early Music, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century units are opportunities to explore sacred, formal, pictorial, and “experimental” listening, respectively. The listening approach for each unit will be discussed no less than one week in advance of the deadline (see schedule below), and the instructor will provide a list of pieces to choose from at that time. Each response should be approximately 500 words in length, and will discuss one piece only. Listening responses will be submitted on Blackboard.
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2 Concert Review Each student will review a live concert of his or her choosing. Any concert may be reviewed, so long as it represents part of the repertoire covered in class. A list of concert suggestions will be provided early in the semester. Reviews should be careful and well informed, demonstrating a critical appreciation of the
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2009 for the course MUSIC 021 taught by Professor Gray during the Spring '09 term at UPenn.

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Music syllabus - MUSIC 21002 1000 YEARS OF MUSICAL LISTENING Myron Gray [email protected] Office Hours By Appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION Fall

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