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MUS 121 - History of Music 1

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is an in-depth study of Western art music from antiquity until 1750. It traces the development of music’s aural traditions and notational systems by exploring composers and their compositions. Lectures cover musical form, practice and style through analytical listening and source study. Contemporaneous happenings in world history are examined for context and scope.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Recite the story of Western music’s origin and development.
  2. Demonstrate a learned understanding of a specific facet of Musicology.
  3. Synthesize world history with music history.
  4. Identify important composers by name through listening.
  5. Summarize the important developments in the evolution of musical notation.
Listed Topics
  1. Music of antiquity
  2. The development of notation
  3. Medieval music
  4. Renaissance music
  5. Baroque music
Reference Materials
Textbook: A History of Western Music by J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout and Claude V. Palisca
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/05/2011

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