Introduction to Music
Introduction to Music offers a survey of Western music from the medieval period to the present day, with focus on the elements of music, terminology, composers, compositional form and style, and historical context. Critical understanding of representative works will be cultivated by a study of musical elements, forms, and style periods, as well as composers' lives, individual styles, and creative inspirations. Students will demonstrate skills in critical listening and be able to differentiate between stylistic eras of Western music. Emphasis will be placed on classical music, but popular styles will be included. No prior musical experience or training is necessary.
Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyze musical works with regard to compositional elements, style, and historical periods.
- Discuss specific artistic periods or styles of music with regard to historical development and major practitioners.
- Demonstrate understanding the ways music functions in society and culture.
- Demonstrate ability to listen critically to music and develop a basic understanding of aesthetics and music as an art.
- Demonstrate enhanced general competencies in the areas of reading, writing, critical thinking, and the basic listening skills required to engage in an informed discussion of music.
- Continue to develop life-long knowledge and enjoyment of music.