Materials and Design|
Music consists of sounds and silences. Diverse composers, songwriters, performers, and improvisers use these basic materials in accordance with their particular musical idioms and traditions. Sometimes music is passed down aurally; sometimes it is written down as a set of instructions for performers or as a record of an ephemeral sonic event. This course is an introduction to contemporary Western musical design and notation. Throughout the semester, we will improve our musicianship through singing, playing, listening, analyzing, reading, and composing. We willl learn common terminology for sounds and their properties of frequency, duration, volume, and timbre. We will analyze and employ methods of organizing musical materials into songs and compositions. We will learn the notational system widely used for European art music, discussing its strengths, weaknesses, and relevance to popular and non-Western musics. By the end of the semester, students will be able to recognize written symbols and vocabulary for pitch, rhythm, volume, speed, form, articulation, and expression; perform simple notated pieces vocally or at the keyboard; transcribe, perform, and/or transpose simple pieces of music by ear; and compose simple pieces. In the fall semester, those compositions will draw on the means and methods of Renaissance counterpoint; in the spring semester, they will examine techniques of composing, notating, and improvising with digital audio tools. Students can achieve success in this course without previous musical knowledge.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Philip Lambert, Principles of Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Graded work will include weekly assignments, two midterm examinations, and a final examination. Students will prepare vocal and keyboard exercises for each skill section meeting.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students are required to attend a weekly one-hour skills section; time to be arranged. Students with an AP Music Theory score of 4 or 5 may place out of Music 103. These students should consult with the instructors regarding placement in 201 or 202. Students with other theory background may take a placement test, available from the instructor at the beginning of the year. All applicants for admission to the music major are required to have passed this course at the time of application. Students considering the music major should take it at the earliest possible time.
|Instructor(s): Grant,Roger Mathew Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 20||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 10||FR: 20|