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 will 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. 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
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Graded work will include weekly assignments, three midterm examinations, and a final examination. Students will prepare vocal and keyboard exercises for each skill section meeting.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The first two class meetings will be held online. A link to the Zoom classroom will be posted here and on Moodle on Monday, August 24th.
Students are required to attend a weekly one-hour skills section; time to be arranged. All skills sections will be held online. 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 semester. 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): Potemkina,Nadya Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: RHH003; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 28||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 7||FR: 16|
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