At its core, this course is about providing students with a broader understanding of music as a uniquely human activity. This will be accomplished by discussing the music you actually listen to, learning about various dimensions and elements of music, and creating your own music. No previous experience making music is necessary. This course is designed for individuals at all levels of musical understanding and experience.
The fundamental assumption underlying the course design is that ALL people are innately musicians, whether that musicianship is expressed in the form of listening, performing, or creating music. Ever since you were born (and even before) you have been developing an expertise in music based on your own personal musical experience. This is similar to how you have been developing a language expertise that is dependent on your individual experience with the language(s) that you speak. It is your own individual musical expertise that forms the entry point into this course and on which this course is built.
These are the course’s four learning goals:
- Acquire a more robust understanding of the various dimensions of music
- Acquire a richer language for talking about (describing and evaluating) music
- Integrate those understandings to create and evaluate your own music
- Apply this musical language to describe and evaluate music of others
The entire course is framed around answering one basic, but deceptively complex, question: What is music?
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