A musical appreciation course focusing on European and American works since 1500. G.E.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Any text appropriate for courses in Music Appreciation.
Listening to Music
By Wright, Craig (Wadsworth) Recommended
Music: 5th Brief Edition
By Kamien, Roger (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Perspectives on Music
By Meyer, Donald C. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Listen: Brief 5th Edition
By Kerman, Joseph (Bedford/St. Martin) Recommended
To acquire pertinent historical information.
To understand basic music terminology and notation.
To develop critical listening skills.
To be familiar with important, representative examples of classical music from all style periods.
Identify the elements and vocabulary of music for mastery of discussion of music of all styles.
Make judgments and critical observations about musical works based on the elements and concepts of music: pitch, melody, rhythm, timbre, harmony, musical texture, musical form, notation, tempos and dynamics.
Identify various musical instruments and ensembles: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and vocal.
Articulate basic understanding of the historical periods of music, including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, Twentieth Century, and Post-Modern.
Describe the role of music within historical, artistic, and cultural traditions.
Recognize the styles of each of the historical periods by aurally identifying standard masterpieces.
Be familiar with technical aspects of selected pieces: orchestration, instrumentation, form and musical texture.
Appreciate the creative process of music by demonstrating familiarity of the lives and styles of individual composers.
Describe and explain performance practice: playing, singing, and conducting.
Develop skills of aesthetic judgment and critical thinking through music listening in-class and at scheduled live performances.
Listening to music
Rhythm, melody, and harmony
Musical color, texture, and form
Hearing musical styles
Late Baroque music: Johann Sebastian Bach and George Fredric Handel
Classical ideals: the world of Haydn and Mozart
The bridge to Romanticism: Ludwig Van Beethoven
The Romantic spirit
The early Romantic
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.