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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2022

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MUS 115LEC - Understanding Music
Understanding Music STR Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   13633   Enrollment Capacity:   110
Section:   STR   Enrollment Total:   110
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   01/31/2022 - 05/13/2022   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   M W F , 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Room:   Baird 250 view map
Location:   North Campus      
contributes to our shared human experience while also developing your skills as an active listener. The weekly course modules are structured around three guiding questions, the first of which is perhaps the most basic of all: "What does it sound like?" We thus begin each week with a participatory introduction to the stylistic elements (such as melody and rhythm) from which all music is created. The ability to analyze almost any style of music according to these principles will allow us to articulate how the music relates to specific social circumstances later in the week, when the discussion turns to the questions of "When do we hear it?" and "What does it mean?" You do not need any prior musical training as a performer in order to approach the topics above as a thoughtful listener. We will consider musical case studies drawn from a broad range of historical and geographical milieux in order to understand why music remains one of the most sublime and powerful expressions of human culture throughout the world.
  Course Description
History of musical style from the Renaissance to the present day. Examines selected masterpieces of Western music as well as such recent phenomena as serialism, minimalism, electronic, and computer music; requires no previous formal training in music.
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