I. Instructor- Robert Nathanson
Office-Room KE 209
Office hours-by appointment (feel free to talk to me before or after class to set up a time)
II. Course Objectives
Mus 115, Survey of Music Literature: This course is designed to increase the student's knowledge of music through the study of “western art” music beginning with JS Bach and then continuing through, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Copland, Crumb, and Glass. Music characteristics such as dynamics, melody, rhythm, form, texture, genre, timbre, harmony and style/emotion are explored with each piece studied.
A. To improve listening skills
B. To learn basic music terminology
C. To differentiate between musical periods and styles
D. To appreciate/enjoy/understand music of all styles
III. Course Requirements
A. Concert Attendance
During the semester you are required to attend three concerts. You will write a synopsis/observation/reaction of the concert. The reports must be received within ONE WEEK of the concert. The papers should be at least one and one-half pages, double spaced, 12pt. font, and are to be typewritten.
No. 1 due on or before—Oct. 27, No. 2 due on or before—Nov. 22, No. 3 due on or before—Dec. 6
B. Unannounced quizzes, one approximately every two weeks.
A. Danziger, Robert, The Musical Ascent of Herman Being
B. Danziger, Robert, The Revelation of Music
C. Study guides (to be handed out in class over the course of the semester)
D. Reserved reading and listening assignments
V. Attendance Policy
A. Each four absences will result in a one-half grade reduction
A. There will be three mid-terms and one final exam. The final is cumulative.
Test I Friday, September 17
Test II Wednesday, October 20
Test III Friday, November 12
Final Monday, December 6, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Mid-terms 15% (x3) = 45%
Final exam 25%
Concert Attendance/papers 15%