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.
- Demonstrate how rhythm works.
- Demonstrate how melody and harmony function.
- Demonstrate how major and minor are different, and what affect it has.
- Demonstrate how the tonic and dominant (I and V) chords work together.
- 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.
- Explain the structure of the ancient “Greek” modes that form the basis of music.
- Delineate the musical qualities of the seven modes.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the basic historical context of plainchant.
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the historical background of plainsong, commonly referred to by the umbrella term “Gregorian chant.”
- Describe the origins of the modal components of plainsong.
- Evaluate the contributions of Guido of Arezzo to music theory, and Leonin and Perotin to the composition of organum, or early polyphony.
- Discriminate among organum, conductus, and the motet, and understand their significance.
- Theorize how developing concepts of rhythm in the thirteenth century would change music even up to the present day.
- Demonstrate an understanding that melodic and rhythmic fragments are assembled in patterns in an isorhythmic motet.
- Identify the new trends of composition in the era of transition between the isorhythmic motet and Machaut’s five-section mass.
- Delineate the changes visible in imitative techniques used to vary melodic material, eventually evolving into true counterpoint, or intertwining of voices.
- Profile the composers Josquin Desprez and Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, and determine their role in the history of music.
- 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.
- Examine the conjunct of the musical genres known as the oratorio and the Passion
- Recount the life of Antonio Vivaldi, and discern his place in music history.
- Recount the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, and discern his place in music history.
- Delineate among the music of Vivaldi, Handel, and J.S. Bach.
- Recount the lives of C.P.E. Bach, Wolfgang Mozart, and Franz Joseph Haydn, and discern their places in music history.
- 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.
- Relate your understanding of Wagner’s influence in opera, or “musical drama,” and the mythology therein.
- Define the influence of Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Define the influence of Strauss and Mahler.
- Define the influence of the Second Viennese School.