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MUSIC 104

THE ART OF LISTENING TO MUSIC

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Instructor: Credits: Lessons: Exams: Format: Note: Amber Bone 3 Quarter Credits 4 Assignments 1 Take-home Exam Self-paced independent learning with instructor guidance Internet access is required for access to materials in Blackboard This course fulfills the WWU General University Requirement for Humanities

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MUSIC 104 THE ART OF LISTENING TO MUSIC

COURSE OVERVIEW: At one time, even the movements of the sun, moon, and planets were thought to be understandable through music by means of the "harmony of the spheres". As one of the Humanities, Music is still revered for its power to convey something at the core of what it is to exist as a human being in this universe and to connect us to one another: even without words, it can be used to communicate, to evoke feelings or to persuade. Knowledge of the elements of music enables the listener to perceive ever more layers of meaning and to appreciate the artistry with which music is created. This class will examine musical language and concepts as they have evolved in Western civilization while grounding them in a world framework in order to provide the learner with a richer perspective and deeper comprehension. OBJECTIVES: In this course (and beyond), the student will be able to: 1. Insightfully discuss music as a form of expression. Demonstrate ability to articulate and explain qualities of music that induce a response in the listener. 2. Identify the components and organizational principles from which music is fashioned. Using musical vocabulary, describe in detail how creators use these elements to build a composition and provide accord, variety, and discord. 3. Classify by genre or historical period examples from the Western art music tradition and defend reasoning; pinpoint defining stylistic features. Draw connections from developments in this form of music to cultural events that influenced them. 4. Compare and contrast the uses of the elements of music in this tradition with representative examples of world and folk music; examine how principles and values are related. Consider performance context and the role of musicians in society and how this relates to the listener. 5. Evaluate performances and present informed criticism on quality, effectiveness, and aesthetic elements. 6. Demonstrate effective written analysis and communication skills. Incorporate material from a variety of sources to examine music. TEXT AND AUDIO REQUIREMENTS: The Enjoyment of Music: Essential Listening Edition (with CD-ROM) by Kristine Forney and Joseph Machlis (2008), W.W. Norton Co., New York. ISBN978-0-393-18198-2.

Membership in the Norton Online Listening Lab, either at the Basic or Plus level. Sign up at http://www.wwnorton.com/college/music/enj10/essentials/welcome.asp once you have acquired your textbook and CD-ROM, which includes an access code. Thinking Musically: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, by Bonnie C. Wade (2009), Oxford University Press, New York. (Includes CD). 2nd Edition. ISBN 978-019534191-1

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Quizzes and Listening Guides The Enjoyment of Music is a multimedia package. The book is integrated with excellent online tutorials and interactive listening guides which will take the place of lectures for this class. This feature is called Study Space and it is accessible through the CD-ROM which accompanies your book, or at http://www.wwnorton.com/college/music/enj10/essentials/welcome.asp. (Enter the code on the jacket of your CD-ROM for full access.) Read and listen to the indicated Study Space materials on the calendar below along with the text for each chapter. Find them via the menu on each chapter's page under "Learn" or "Connect". To aid in your preparation for the final and in your comprehension of musical terms which you will be using in the written assignments, this course will require that you complete the corresponding "Quiz+" for each chapter. You may choose the shortest version of each quiz (usually 5-10 questions), but are welcome to submit the longer version if you like. Careful study of the text and the online materials will ensure success on the quizzes. Your scores will be tabulated by the software and emailed to your instructor for consideration in your final grade. Access to the Quiz+ can be found on each chapter's page in Study Space under the heading at right, "Learn". In Unit Two, you will also be asked to complete the Listening Quiz for each Listening Guide, found under "Listen & Download" under "Learn." Listening Guides are found both at this link as Interactive Listening Guides which can be streamed, and in the text. Please do not confuse these with the "Listening Activity" links; you are encouraged to complete the Listening Activities and are welcome to submit them, but answers to those are found in the back of the book, so they will not be used as assessment for this class. Videos, Websites and Concert Review This course will take advantage of some of the excellent web resources available on music to also serve in lieu of lectures. Students will watch the music appreciation videos from Exploring the World of Music (Annenberg Foundation), available at http://www.learner.org/resources/series105.html. Be sure to take careful notes as you watch the videos in order to incorporate the material into your written assignments. Other websites this course will use include NAXOS Music Library (available through the WWU library at http://library.wwu.edu/music/), The International Music Score Library Project, The Library of Congress, Smithsonian Folklife Center, Keeping Score, National Public Radio and American Public Media. Details are given in the individual assignments.

One of the written assignments for this class is a concert review. Students may attend an approved live classical concert (please consult the instructor first) or will have the option to watch the featured classical music program on the PBS Great Performances website (currently "The New York Philharmonic Live from North Korea", 2008). Written Assignments This course will require four 3-5 page papers which draw extensively on the reading in both texts and corresponding listening, video, and online materials. The papers will require that students be conversant in the musical terms and concepts of Unit One and apply their knowledge to discuss their listening experiences. The last two papers will additionally give students the opportunity to pinpoint the defining stylistic features of the periods and genres covered in Unit Two. Final Exam There will be one take home final exam for this course, which will include multiple choice and essay questions. The first portion of the final will be questions based on the listening quizzes and activities which you will be completing throughout the course as part of Study Space for The Enjoyment of Music. There will also be an essay section on the final exam, based on the Chapter 6 of Thinking Musically ("Thinking About Issues") as it relates to the course content and two current media articles on the future of classical music. COURSE GRADING: Online Assessment: Quiz+ & Listening Guide quizzes for each Enjoyment chapter Four papers ­ refer to Assessment Rubric for Written Assignments Final Exam (Multiple Choice and Short Essay) ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Amber Sudduth Bone teaches applied voice in the Department of Music at Western Washington University. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the University of Washington and a public school teaching certificate with endorsements in K-12 Music and Social Studies. Amber performs regularly as a singer and musical director. More information about her can be found at http://www.wwu.edu/music/bio_shtml/bone.shtml. 20% 60% 20%

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