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MUS-314-20, Music in the U.S. (FA14)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Christy Izdebski; 410-532-5382; cizdebski@ndm.edu

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Wednesday/6:00-8:45 p.m., 09/03/2014-10/08/2014              

CONTENT:

This music appreciation course surveys the diverse musical styles in the United States through listening, discussion, and analysis. Students experience the broad spectrum of American music including classical concert music, religious music, popular music, traditional folk music, and jazz. The course fulfills the University’s  Fine Arts and Cross-Cultural requirements, the upper level music requirement for Education majors, and the music minor.

LEARNING OBJECTS:

Students will:

-Explore the elements of music

-Examine traditional, folk, popular, religious, and art/concert music of the United States in a historical and sociological way

-Address the aesthetic of each musical style and its correlation with other art forms

METHODS:

Lecture

Discussion

Listening to musical examples

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

*Class attendance and participation for each class session is required *

DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE UNLESS YOU WILL ATTEND ALL CLASS SESSIONS

-Class participation and short summary papers based on outside listening and reading assignments for class sessions- 60%

-Class presentation of an assigned musical selection during class 4—20%

-Final Examination- 20%

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS:

America’s Musical Landscapeby Jean Ferris; McGraw Hill Publisher, EDITION 7

TEXT AND CD PACKAGE- REQUIRED. ISBN 978-007-802-5129    +  007-802-5125

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

*Bring the textbook to the first class and each subsequent class*