Instruction will be primarily by lecture, enhanced by audio and visual materials. Flexibility in class presentation will allow for students to engage actively through question, comment, and discussion. Students will be assigned listening and reading for each class. Lectures will provide general contexts for detailed study of representative pieces of music. Supplementary library and online resources will be recommended. Students will be informed of live performances by professional organizations such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Early Music Vancouver, or Vancouver New Music, which might serve as curriculum enrichment. One or more appropriate field trips may be planned.
- Introduction to the Study of Western Music
- Definitions of music; its role in social, cultural and political contexts
- The place of western art music in current global culture
- Musical literacy and cultural literacy; music and the liberal arts
- Historical spans in relation to musical styles
- The roles of composer and performer, patron and audience
- Elements of music: melody, rhythm, timbre, texture, harmony, form, genre
- Instrumental and vocal resources of western art music
- Techniques for critical listening and score reading
- The relevance of historical style awareness to performance
- Approaches to writing about music
- Types of resources for research in music
- Efficient use of library resources
- Creating a bibliography on a research topic
- Planning a research essay on music
- Standard documentation practices and formats
- The foundation of western musical thought in ancient Greece
- Transmission of Greek ideas to the medieval world
- The development of polyphony and its flowering in the renaissance
- The age of the baroque; the emergence of opera and instrumental genres
- The masters of Viennese classicism: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
- New means of power and expression in romantic music
- The modernist break with the past and the development of new musical languages, techniques, and resources
- The emergence of electronic technology and its global impact
At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to articulate ways of thinking about music, to demonstrate knowledge of stylistic developments in western art music through selected examples, and to show practical skill in the basics of music research and writing.
The student will also be able to discuss general social, cultural, and political aspects of the periods studied.
Finally, the student will be able to demonstrate working knowledge of available resources for research in music, familiarity with standard documenting procedures, and critical skill in using research materials for writing projects.
|Regular short quizzes (6-8)||10%|
|Short library assignments (3-5)||10%|
|Research and writing project(s)||20%|
|Major listening tests (2)||20%|
|Major written tests (2)||20%|
|Final examination (listening and written)||20%|
Materials for the course will be drawn from a range of sources including any or all of the following: introductory texts to the study of western music and to music writing and research; a course pack of readings appropriate to the course; reserve library books, scores, and recordings; online resources related to course content.
Entrance into the Music Diploma program or permission of the instructor.