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Materials and Design
Summer 2022
Section: 01  

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. Unlike the Fall and Spring versions of MUSC 103, this version of Materials and Design is expanded in terms of scope and the level of student engagement. In the case of the former, the summer terms will allow for vibrant discussions about the history of musical "materials"--instruments, natural resources, and people--as well as how these materials are "designed"--notational practices, improvisation, the formation of canons, accessibility related to class, gender, sexuality, race, and place of origin. In the case of the latter, whereas the Fall and Spring versions of the course are designed for the quick acquisition of a specific skill set, the immersion format of the summer course will allow for greater and more individualized exploration, including independent and group listening assignments, improvisation exercises, discussion posts, and more.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on FEB-26-2024
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