MUL 2010 – Experiencing Music

General Education Credit: Humanities, International
College Credit: 3

About The Course

Course Preparation: It is strongly recommended that you have taken ENC 1101 and/or 1102, as your writing in this course will be held to college-level standards.

MUL 2010 is designed to examine music and its role in culture: how it both shapes and is shaped by social, political, national, and cultural forces. Examples from art music, popular music, and world music will be used to demonstrate music’s inextricable link to life in both historical and contemporary settings. No prior or concurrent courses are required for enrollment in MUL 2010, nor is any prior musical training or experience.

In MUL2010, the course is broken down into four major sections, each containing 3 to 4 modules, through which a variety of aspects on music are addressed in the context of three major classifications of music: Western “art” music; “popular” music; and “world” music:

  • Music Fundamentals: In the introductory section, students learn about how music is experienced individually and culturally; how music is classified (as “world,” “popular,” or “art”); and how to actively listen to pieces. Essential elements of music are introduced and demonstrated, and then applied by students as they analyze three short pieces.
  • Musical Identities: Here, the use of music to express individual and collective identities is explored; modules focus on the relationships between music and ethnicity, gender, and spirituality.
  • Musical Intersections: This section focuses on music’s relationship to social and political realms, including politics/national identity, war/conflict, and love.
  • Musical Narratives: The final section addresses the social experience of music through the concert hall, theater, film, and dance. The history of these genres, as well as the social and cultural aspects of them, are discussed and analyzed.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Performing/Fine Arts
High School Credit: 0.5