Understanding Music

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PERF-110

Fall Semester Seminar, GenEd area 1

An introduction to musical language through listening and comprehension. The fundamentals of acoustics, melody, harmony, form, texture, and color in a wide range of music from ancient and global music to European concert music, jazz, blues, and popular music. Includes listening and concert attendance requirements. 

This course will be an instructor-guided discussion among all participants who must be open to experiencing all types of music as well as prepared to share the music they enjoy most with the class.

The Washington Lab field experience will provide an essential backdrop for this course. We will use the lab experience to attend a wide and diverse array of performances from the concert hall to the coffee house.

From the Professor- Nancy Jo Snider

How does your University College section of this course differ from a non-University College section?

Having a smaller class size enables us to have more individual student presentations, more seminar style classes, and the ability to experience the music live. The University College section is able to attend performances and bring guest presenters into the classroom.

How do your Wednesday labs tie into the academic content of your course?

Our Wednesday labs tie into the academic content mainly through experiencing the music we are discussing in class. We also have the opportunity for guided study labs.

Meet the Professor!

Professor Nancy Snider

Get to know Professor Snider's teaching style and learn more about her goals for this course

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