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Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

The class is a one-semester survey of European music from the ancient Greeks to the works of Mozart and Haydn (c. 1800). The course grade is based on understanding the historical survey of the time span (exams and quizzes) and work in research and scholarly writing. Prerequisites: MUS 130, 112, and 122, or consent of instructor. Upon successfully completing the course, you will be able to recognize, describe, and place in historical context most of the important genres and musical styles used in Western Europe up to c. 1800 and associate these genres and styles with the major composers active during this time. Your knowledge will include such things as (1) a core repertoire of significant and representative musical works, (2) a vocabulary of terms and concepts used to describe these works, (3) an internal timeline or chronology up to c. 1900 including music, history, politics, and other arts, and (4) the ability to place an unfamiliar work in its proper context by comparing it to the core knowledge you posses.

Student Outcomes

The course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an excellent intellectual foundation as a preparation for a career path in music in alignment with the DePauw University School of Music Learning Goals, which are: • Develop artistic excellence, creativity, and critical thinking skills as the foundation for all they do. • Engage audiences, with special attention to access, inclusivity and awareness. • Act as socially minded entrepreneurial musicians by inventing, developing and managing projects for community impact. • Recognize and champion diversity of all kinds and work ceaselessly to improve inclusivity in all that they do. • Leverage technology in the creation and dissemination of music. By the end of this course the successful student will be able to: • understand, research, and discuss music history to c. 1800, • integrate practical musical skill with critical thinking and intellectual inquiry through various course assignments such as writing, research, and composition, and • discern societal impacts on the diversity of musical institutions and practices embrace through the inclusion of a wide spectrum of creative lives in music whose diversity spans not only gender and nationality but also types of careers in music (composers, performers, theorists, historians, patrons…).