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Music Appreciation

Sample online courses in music appreciation

This course, entitled Music Appreciation, is designed to render an understanding of, and a familiarity with, music of antiquity and of modern times, most prominently that of Western genres.  Though distinct from a music history course, time will be spent on historical detail, as well as musical elements, categories, and sociological factors that have shaped composition styles.

Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate how rhythm works.
  2. Demonstrate how melody and harmony function.
  3. Demonstrate how major and minor are different, and what affect it has.
  4. Demonstrate how the tonic and dominant (I and V) chords work together.
  5. Determine the role of classical music recordings played in public places, as described by this Web article, and form a lucid opinion on this issue.
  6. Explain the structure of the ancient “Greek” modes that form the basis of music.
  7. Delineate the musical qualities of the seven modes.
  8. Demonstrate familiarity with the basic historical context of plainchant.
  9. Demonstrate a familiarity with the historical background of plainsong, commonly referred to by the umbrella term “Gregorian chant.”
  10. Describe the origins of the modal components of plainsong.
  11. Evaluate the contributions of Guido of Arezzo to music theory, and Leonin and Perotin to the composition of organum, or early polyphony.
  12. Discriminate among organum, conductus, and the motet, and understand their significance.
  13. Theorize how developing concepts of rhythm in the thirteenth century would change music even up to the present day.
  14. Demonstrate an understanding that melodic and rhythmic fragments are assembled in patterns in an isorhythmic motet.
  15. Identify the new trends of composition in the era of transition between the isorhythmic motet and Machaut’s five-section mass.
  16. Delineate the changes visible in imitative techniques used to vary melodic material, eventually evolving into true counterpoint, or intertwining of voices.
  17. Profile the composers Josquin Desprez and Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, and determine their role in the history of music.
  18. Recount the life of Claudio Monteverdi, and discern his place in music history.Recount the life of Henry Purcell, and discern his place in music history.
  19. Examine the conjunct of the musical genres known as the oratorio and the Passion
  20. Recount the life of Antonio Vivaldi, and discern his place in music history.
  21. Recount the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, and discern his place in music history.
  22. Delineate among the music of Vivaldi, Handel, and J.S. Bach.
  23. Recount the lives of C.P.E. Bach, Wolfgang Mozart, and Franz Joseph Haydn, and discern their places in music history.
  24. Delineate the transitional role of the music and philosophy of Ludwig von Beethoven. Delineate the differing roles of Schubert, Berlioz, and Paganini in their era.
  25. Relate your understanding of Wagner’s influence in opera, or “musical drama,” and the mythology therein.
  26. Define the influence of Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Define the influence of Strauss and Mahler.
  27. Define the influence of the Second Viennese School.
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