Syllabus - Music 128 Topics in the History of European and...

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Music 128: Topics in the History of European and American Music Music and Medicine Fall 2009 125 Morrison Hall Mon/Wed 9:30-11:00 Instructor: Yael Braunschweig Office Hour: Wednesday 12:30-1:30, and by appointment Office: 243 Morrison Hall email: [email protected] Description : Drawing on the music and biographies of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Chaikovsky and others, as well as fiction, film, and scientific studies, this course will examine ways in which nineteenth- and twentieth-century medical knowledge has helped shape thinking about music, and how music can help shape medical practices. Works to be studied include Schumann’s Kreisleriana , Paganini’s violin caprices, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Chaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, and Beethoven’s late string quartets. Topics for discussion will range from the associations drawn between genius and madness, creativity and tuberculosis, and virtuosity and pathology, to issues such as retrospective diagnosis and the effects such diagnoses have on how particular works are perceived. The course will end by looking at some of the ways music currently helps shape our health-care practices, focusing in particular on the fields of psychiatry and music therapy. Expectations and Evaluation : Attendance and Participation : You are expected to come to class having done the listening and/or reading assigned for that day and to participate in discussions. Attendance will be taken and unexcused absences will negatively affect your final grade. In order to be excused, absences need to be approved by me in advance or an appropriate document (such as a note from the Tang Center) must be given to me afterwards. Attendance and participation will account for 10% of your final grade. 3 Listening response papers : Over the course of the semester you will write three response papers (1 page each) on different assigned listening pieces. Due dates are listed on the syllabus. The prompt will ask you to discuss particular features of a piece, which could include aspects like style, form, instrumentation, genre, and rhythm. A recording of the piece will be placed on B-space. Be sure to draw upon the music vocabulary introduced and used in class. Each paper will be worth 5% of your final grade. 2 Reading response papers: Two one-page papers that critically discuss particular readings will be due on the dates listed in the syllabus. You will receive a prompt for each assignment, and each will be worth 5% of your final grade.
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Pop Quizzes : There will be three short pop quizzes covering the reading and/or listening assigned for the day. The lowest of the three grades will be dropped. These quizzes cannot be made up. Each of the two quizzes that are counted will be worth 5% of your final grade.
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