I often teach MUS 3 as a large lecture course in the regular academic year (400 students), and in a smaller class format during summer. This course is for non-music majors and does not require any previous experience with music.
The goal of this course is to introduce ideas, questions and listening strategies to deepen your relationship with music. Music is everywhere in our society, but more often than not, we experience it through media and contexts that emphasize the visual. This course will heighten your attention to the sonic dimensions of music, and to the rich variety of meanings and functions implicated in musical sounds. We will explore technical aspects of musical craft as well as broader cultural questions, drawing on examples and mini-case studies from a range of traditions, Western and non-Western, ancient and contemporary. Coursework includes reading/listening/viewing assignments due in each class, i>clicker responses, Writing Assignments, and Sound Collage Assignments using digital audio software.
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