Music in History

This course surveys the progression and development of Western music from the time of Ancient Greece to the present. Emphasis will be on the comparison of different styles, forms, instrumentation, and composers from the various historical periods. Music History will give the students the vocabulary, knowledge and analytical skills to identify music from contrasting periods as well as introduce them to major masterworks. This class will explore various themes, including the philosophy of music; classical vs. romantic ideology in music; music as a reflection of the political and social climate of culture; the causes/reasons behind progression and development of musical styles; and the connection of music to the arts and other subjects. The class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, use of technology, and listening. All students will be expected to keep up on their reading and participate in the discussion and analysis of music.