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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1010

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Introduction to Music

Semester Approved: Summer 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2023
End Semester: Summer 2024

Catalog Description: A general appreciation course designed to make music meaningful to the average listener. The relationship of rhythm, melody, harmony, and form will be demonstrated though selected recordings. The elements of music will be treated non-technically together with historical and biographical observations. Western art music will be discussed as well as music of other world cultures. Also, a general survey of folk and popular music will be provided.

General Education Requirements: Fine Arts (FA)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None


Justification: This course will provide students with a rudimentary understanding of the elements of music. It will point out the commonalities between various styles of music emphasizing an appreciation of legitimate musical expression. It fills a general education requirement in the fine arts and articulates well with other four-year institutions.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Each student will be required to read the textbook and demonstrate understanding through written tests. They will also be required to understand and organize readings of various texts, internet resources, and library resources to properly research and write effectively on their chosen research topic. This outcome will be assessed through quizzes, exams, and written assignment.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Through the historical research process, students will be evaluated on their ability to successfully write a research document that accurately reflects insight to various aspects rock history. This outcome will be assessed through quizzes, exams, and written assignment.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Students who complete this course will demonstrate an ability to analyze musical excerpts as data, and describe in an informed manner the musical elements involved in creating each work. Students will also demonstrate an ability to articulate the value of Western art music in the larger contexts of world history, culture and society. This outcome will be assessed through quizzes, exams, and written assignment.

General Education Knowledge Area Outcomes:
1: Students will demonstrate an ability to articulate the dynamics of the creative process as it relates to the composition of Western art music through the submission of essay based, and listening examinations.  Students will demonstrate an ability to articulate the dynamics of the creative process as it relates to the composition of Western art music through the submission of essay based, and listening examinations.

2: Provide an informed synopsis of the performing and/or visual arts in the contexts of culture and history through reading and interpreting pertinent information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Students will demonstrate an ability to locate Western art music in the context of world history and culture from the Medieval period through the present day. This outcome will be assessed through the administration of essay based and listening exams and through the submission of written assignments.

3: Demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual and elemental principles fundamental to the creation of various forms of artistic expression. Students will demonstrate an ability to differentiate between the fundamental elements of music and the ways in which composers have leveraged those elements to create music that can today be classified according to style period. This outcome will be assessed through the administration of written examinations, listening examinations and through the submission of written assignments.

4: Exhibit an ability to critically analyze artistic works using appropriate techniques, vocabulary, and methodologies. Students will demonstrate an ability to classify excerpts representative of Western art music by style period. This outcome will be assessed through listening examinations.


Content:
Students will; 1) learn basic artistic and musical trends in each era from the middle ages to the present; 2) identify music and composers from each historical period; 3) discuss how past music has influenced our current musical culture.

Key Performance Indicators:
Quizzes 10 to 20%

Exams: written midterm and final exam 20 to 30%

Written assignments: research papers about the lives, influence, and works of various composers - 20 to 30%

Weekly assignments  30 to 40%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
All course content has been created as part of the Snow College contribution to the USHE Technology Intensive Concurrent Enrollment project. These are open educational resources and are located on Canvas.


Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via classroom discussion, lecture, and through student interaction with the robust open educational content.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

Maximum Class Size: 40
Optimum Class Size: 30