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MUSC 1741

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Survey Of Music Literature
Prerequisite(s) MUSC 1611
Corequisite(s) MUSC 1607
Catalog Description
A survey of the major genres and composers from 400 to the present is offered with emphasis on style features, form and terminology.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course and by using matching, multiple choice, short answer, or essay, the student will be able to:
o Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental musical terminology
o Describe six musical style periods by their major characteristics
o Write a brief description of major composers representative of each style period
o Identify characteristics of the major compositional genres of each style period
o Aurally and visually identify an unknown compositional
o Aurally and visually identify representative works studied

General Education Outcomes
As a result of completing this course, he student will be able to:
1. Communicate in writing:
a. fundamental musical terminology
b. major style characteristics of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century periods,
c. compositional characteristics and genres of selected major composers of the six style periods.
2. Identify an unknown work by visual inspection in terms of:
a. style period
b. form
c. possible composer
3. Identify an unknown work by aural inspection in terms of:
a. style period
b. form
c. possible composer
4. Identify recordings of representative works studied in terms of:
a. composer
b. title
c. genre
d. style period
e. quarter-century of composition
f. compositional techniques
5. Label scores for compositional techniques in representative works studied

Course Content
A. Music of the Middle Ages
1. Chant
2. Organum
3. Isorhythmic motet
4. Instrumental
B. Music of the Renaissance
1. Motet
2. Mass
3. Madrigals
a. English
b. Italian
C. Music of the Baroque
0. Vocal genres
a. Opera
b. Oratorio
c. Cantata
1. Instrumental genres
a. Fugue
b. Concerto grosso
c. French overture
d. Suite
D. Music of the Classical Period
. Chamber music
A. Symphony
B. Opera
C. Concerto
D. Sonata
E. Music of the Romantic Period
0. Instrumental genres
a. Absolute concerto
b. Program symphony
c. Symphonic poem, suite
d. Solo piano works
1. Vocal genres
a. Lied
b. Opera
c. Music-drama
d. Choral
F. Music of the Twentieth Century
0. Impression
1. Expression, atonality, and serialsim
2. Neoclassicism
3. Nationalism
4. Music theatre and jazz
5. New virtuosity
6. New Romanticism
7. Electronic music

Assessment of Outcome Objectives

The final grade is based on:
§ Homework
§ Four unit tests
§ Final exam

This course will be assessed during the spring semester every three years. Since only one section of this course is taught, the comprehensive portion of the final exam may serve as the assessment instrument.
o Evaluation of test results will reveal content areas that need modification
o Placement tests results of transferring into music history programs will serve as a guide for the modification of the course content.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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