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MUSC 121: Fundamentals of Music I

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course covers the musical building blocks of pitch, melody, rhythm, meter, harmony, and form, along with the notation system used in Western art music. Students will explore these materials in both a written and an aural form, developing skills in each domain. This course will be helpful for students who wish to read and write conventional musical notation; to understand the concepts and systems behind music they play, sing, and hear; and to prepare for further academic studies in music theory, composition, or performance.

The basic repertory students will use is Western art music, which is sometimes casually called “classical music,” along with some examples from folk song and contemporary popular music.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • compose and notate simple melodies
  • harmonize simple melodies
  • recognize basic musical forms
  • understand the fundamental relationships between melody, harmony, rhythm, and meter
  • identify by ear and by sight intervals, major and minor triads, major and minor scales
  • read treble and bass clef notation.

Required Textbook

  • Straus, Elements of Music, 3rd edition (2011) ISBN: 9780205858200

You may purchase the textbook at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Required Software

  • MuseScore music notation software (current edition; 0.9.6.3 or later)—This is free software available from the MuseScore website.

Course Requirements

High-speed Internet connection
This course requires a high-speed Internet connection. Students may be required to download software and configure their computers to interface with the University's password-protected music library. Complete instructions will be available in the course.

To submit assignments electronically, students will need access to a scanner. Assignments can also be submitted by mail.

You will need to print out assignments and exercises each week. Your printer must be able to handle PDF documents.

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MUSC 143: Introduction to Rock Music

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the history and development of rock music and its influence on the broader culture of America from the 1950s until today. The study of this music will also allow students to develop their listening skills and a vocabulary with which they can intelligently discuss the music they hear in their daily lives.

Required Materials

Required Text

  • Covach, What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History, 3rd edition, ISBN 978-0393912043

You may purchase the textbook at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Required Subscription

An online subscription to Rhapsody or Napster or any other listening service that allows you to hear the assigned music for the course (full songs, not just samples) is required for the length of the course.

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MUSC 144: Introduction to Country Music

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course explores the history of the genre, its significant performers, songwriters, songs, and cultural identity from 1922 to the present. Following a loose chronology, the course traces the evolution of specific musical styles and investigate issues related to culture, performance practice, transmission, and reception. Extensive listening assignments will introduce the distinct musical styles, voices, and performers that comprise the genre. Reading assignments cover the relationship of country music to American popular culture, historical representation, and authenticity. This course will critically evaluate country music's musical content and contemporary cultural role; the primary texts for investigation are the songs themselves.

This course adopts a broad and inclusive understanding of the term “country.” Students will explore musical styles that relate to the central tradition of commercial country, even when those styles exist outside the mainstream.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • listen to any song within the country genre and have some understanding of when it was recorded, in which musical style or scene it was recorded, and how it related to the culture in which it was made.
  • explain the tensions within country music that both tie it to tradition and foster new and innovative developments.
  • describe the specifically musical elements of the genre.
  • understand how the genre maintains its identity and contributes to the broader fabric of American popular culture.

Required Text

  • Neal, Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic History. ISBN 9780199730599

You may purchase the textbook at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Course Requirements

  • High-speed Internet
  • Live Concert: This course requires that you attend a live country music performance during the semester. The performance can be in your local region, and the instructor must approve your choice.

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MUSC 146: Introduction to World Musics

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge of a variety of musics from around the world and an understanding of the reciprocal relationships between music and culture. Through this study of musical sounds that may be unfamiliar to you, you will develop listening skills and a descriptive vocabulary that will allow you to engage more deeply with the music that you encounter on a daily basis.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • write descriptively about musical sounds
  • identify a range of musical sounds in relation to their cultural origins
  • use musical sounds to draw informed conclusions about their cultural contexts
  • discuss the role(s) of culture in shaping music
  • discuss the role(s) of music in shaping culture.

Required Text

  • Shelemay, Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World, Kay, 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-0393167139; you must purchase the version of the textbook that comes with a set of recordings (on CDs), which is required listening for the course. If you already own the textbook, the CDs can be purchased separately. You may purchase the textbook at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Other Requirements

  • High-speed Internet
  • Live Concert: This course requires that you attend a live world music performance during the semester. The performance can be in your local region, and the instructor will provide suggestions.
  • Audio Player: You will be asked to listen to several audio files throughout this course, so your computer must be equipped with an player for MP3 files.
  • CD Player: Your textbook comes with a set of CDs that you’ll be required to listen to as you read the textbook.

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