2007-08 Course Descriptions

MUSM - Musicology

Department of Music (CAS)

MUSM 131 Survey of World Music (2-0-2), spring. Survey of traditional, classical and contemporary music from selected world cultures. Special attention will be given to placing music into cultural context. Also, various methodologies of studying and teaching indigenous music of various cultures will be explored.

MUSM 132 Music Literature (2-0-2), fall. A survey of western music from the middle ages through the contemporary period, emphasizing major composers and compositions of Western art music.

MUSM 230 Introduction to Music (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. The basics of music pertaining to perceptive listening through a historical survey. May be used to satisfy Fine Arts requirement in the Degree Core.

MUSM 331 Solo Vocal Literature (3-0-3), fall, odd years. A survey of the Western European and American Art Song from its origin in the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis on major composers and representative literature.

MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (3-0-3), fall. A survey of the development of musical genres, styles, and compositional practices from Antiquity to 1750. Attention will be given to parallel developments in church history and liturgy as they relate to music. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: MUSM 131 and 132.

MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750-the Present (3-0-3), spring. A survey of the development of musical genres, styles, and compositional practices from 1750 to the present day. Prerequisites: MUSM 131 and 132.

MUSM 439 Opera History (3-0-3), fall, even years. Development and history of opera as a musical and dramatic art form.

MUSM 441 Solo Piano Literature (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Survey of solo piano music from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis on major composers and their representative works.

MUSM 442 Ensemble Piano Literature (3-0-3), spring, even years. Survey of ensemble piano music form the early 18th century to the present. Emphasis on major composers and their representative works. Prerequisite: MUSM 441.

MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (1-0-1), spring. Review of the six historical time periods with systematic analysis (historical and theoretical) of music from the Common Practice Era. Style identification and analytical projects tailored to the needs of the class. Designed to prepare students for the ExCET and graduate entrance exams. Prerequisites: MUST 332 and MUSM 432, or concurrent enrollment in both.

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