As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.
Kerman, Joseph and Tomlinson, Gary. Listen. 8th ed. W. W. Norton, 2015. eText.
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This course uses an eText provided by Norton, with the listening examples integrated into the text.
Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials, but may do so through the Ed Map storefront.
This course is an introduction to classical music, which may also be referred to as art music, Western music, or music of the Western tradition. The term classical implies something that has passed the test of time and has set the standards by which we judge, evaluate, and appreciate newer creations, ideas, and styles. Anything can be classic: a car, a movie, or even a person. This course is the study of music that has been admired, revered, and held in high esteem for some time.
Our method of study is to go back in the history of music to the earliest written compositions and discover what motivated people to write and listen to music in the first place. Western music has the advantage over other cultures of having been preserved in a written format, whereas most other cultures are dominated by an oral tradition that is passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, often through complex ceremonies. For the most part, music of the Western tradition can identify specific composers and compositions who are considered representative of individual eras and stylistic time periods. Although the reasons for composing music have changed over the centuries, it is important to keep in mind this music was written by our ancestors, not by aliens from a different solar system.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the music and thought of the major style periods of music history. We will begin with the Medieval (450-1450) period to provide a background in which to view the course, then continue with Renaissance (1450-1600), Baroque (1600-1750), Classical (1750-1800), Romantic (1800-1900), and Twentieth Century music (ca. 1900 to the present).
At the end of this course you should be able to recognize the styles of these various musical periods through the music compositions studied, know the most important terminology and musical genres associated with each period, and be familiar with the lives and compositional styles of the major composers representing each period. Finally, you will discover this is a course in which you spend much of your time reading the textbook and listening to the recordings. Fortunately, the textbook is well written and the recordings are well done.