This class was tough.
I would recommend this class because as a music major, I thought I was already pretty knowledgeable about the music "world", but this class showed me the history and the fundamentals of where music came from. This class also taught me to really analyze music in a way I've never thought of before.
The most difficult part of this class was also one of the most fun. Over the course of the semester, we were given over 61 songs that ranged from Mozart operas, Gregorian Chants, Indian, Japanese, and African songs, along with popular pieces like Over the Rainbow, and Amazing Grace. We listened to these songs and were tested on the pieces and gave a little bit of history of each piece and what musical aspects the pieces had. It was all memorization. We had to name the titles and the artist. Here are some examples: Manasu Visaya by Tyagarja, Rapsodie Espagnole by Ravel, String Quartet in E falt major, op. 33, no.2 (The Joke) by Haydn, Gretchen am Spinnrade by Schubert, Ceruik Rahwana, Un bel di, vedremo by Puccini, and many many more. We had to memorize those names! These pieces were in a different language and it had numbers in their titles just to make things even more confusing. It was amazing to hear such worldly pieces that each had a story to tell.
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Advice for students:
It's all about interpretation and there are many class discussions. It involves a lot of memorization and hard work, so be prepared to really focus in class and learn things that are out of your comfort zone. Music is an art, and that's what this class is all about. We analyze the pieces and try to make sense of it. We learn the history of the pieces so that the music can speaks to us on many levels. This class will really open up your eyes along with your ears.