Materials and Design is an introduction to some of the elements of musical notation within the western European musical tradition. Its primary aim is to provide students with a vocabulary and set of tools with which they can describe their experience of music, broadly understood. Focused on music's formal construction and operation within a specific cultural practice, the course also encourages critical listening and thinking skills across genres and geographies. It presumes no prior musical knowledge or training.
This particular version of Materials and Design (Spring 2023) is an experimental version that examines how musical notational and theoretical practices are often encoded in digital audio workstations by teaching Ableton Live alongside introductory music theory. The class culminates in final creative projects developed over the course of the semester. Additional lab sessions outside of class are required for developing both theory and software skills. Prior experience with Ableton or digital audio tools are not required.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Philip Lambert, Principles of Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
|Examinations 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): Matthusen,Paula Times: .M.W... 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: RHH003; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 7||FR: 7|
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