MUSIC


MUSC 121: Fundamentals of Music I

Currently Offered:
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course covers the musical building blocks of pitch, melody, rhythm, meter, harmony, and form, along with the notation system used in Western art music. Students will explore these materials in both a written and an aural form, developing skills in each domain. This course will be helpful for students who wish to read and write conventional musical notation; to understand the concepts and systems behind music they play, sing, and hear; and to prepare for further academic studies in music theory, composition, or performance.

The basic repertory students will use is Western art music, which is sometimes casually called “classical music,” along with some examples from folk song and contemporary popular music.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • compose and notate simple melodies
  • harmonize simple melodies
  • recognize basic musical forms
  • understand the fundamental relationships between melody, harmony, rhythm, and meter
  • identify by ear and by sight intervals, major and minor triads, major and minor scales
  • read treble and bass clef notation.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Required Software

  • MuseScore music notation software (current edition, 0.9.6.3 or later)—This is free software available from the MuseScore website.

Other Course Requirements

  • This course requires a high-speed Internet connection. Students may be required to download software and configure their computers to interface with the University’s password-protected music library. Complete instructions will be available in the course.
  • To submit assignments electronically, students will need access to a scanner. Assignments can also be submitted by mail.
  • You will need to print out assignments and exercises each week. Your printer must be able to handle PDF documents.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Merida Negrete
  • Department: Music
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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MUSC 141: Survey of Western Music History

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Fall Semester 2019 (August 20–December 13)

This course offers a broad overview of Western music history from the Middle Ages through today. To understand the changing uses of music in society, you will build basic technical musical vocabulary and discuss important composers, genres, and styles. You will build the interpretive means to understand music’s place in culture and your own life. No prior musical knowledge is required.

Required Materials

The textbook for this course is Listen to This!, 3rd edition (2014) by Mark Evan Bonds. Access to the online interactive lab, MyMusicLab, is also required.

UNC Student Stores offers several options for purchasing the required materials. Please choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Listen to This! (3rd ed.) e-textbook + MyMusicLab, 978-0205986699
  • Option 2: Listen to This! (3rd ed.) print (paperback) textbook + MyMusicLab, 978-0205994434

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

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MUSC 143: Introduction to Rock Music

Currently Offered:
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the history of rock music and its development within the broader context of American popular culture from the 1950s until today. The study of this music will allow students to develop their listening skills as well as a vocabulary with which they can intelligently discuss the music they hear in their daily lives.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Required Subscription

  • An online subscription to Rhapsody, Spotify, or any other listening service that allows you to hear the assigned music for the course (full songs, not just samples) is required for the length of the course.

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MUSC 144: Introduction to Country Music

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Fall Semester 2019 (August 20–December 13)

This course explores the history of the country music genre, its significant performers, songwriters, songs, and cultural identity from 1922 to the present. Following a loose chronology, the course traces the evolution of specific musical styles and investigates issues related to culture, performance practice, transmission, and reception. Extensive listening assignments will introduce the distinct musical styles, voices, and performers that comprise the genre. Reading assignments cover the relationship of country music to American popular culture, historical representation, and authenticity. This course will critically evaluate country music’s musical content and contemporary cultural role—the primary texts for investigation are the songs themselves.

This course adopts a broad and inclusive understanding of the term “country.” Students will explore musical styles that relate to the central tradition of commercial country, even when those styles exist outside the mainstream.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • listen to any song within the country genre and have some understanding of when it was recorded, in which musical style or scene it was recorded, and how it relates to the culture in which it was made.
  • explain the tensions within country music that both tie it to tradition and foster new and innovative developments.
  • describe the specific musical elements of the genre.
  • understand how the genre maintains its identity and contributes to the broader fabric of American popular culture.

Required Texts/Materials

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Requirements

  • High-speed Internet
  • Live Concert: This course requires that you attend a live country music performance during the semester. The performance can be in your local region, and the instructor must approve your choice.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Jocelyn Neal, PhD; Fall 2018: Orita, Helen
  • Department: Music
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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MUSC 145: Introduction to Jazz

Currently Offered:
Fall Semester 2019 (August 20–December 13)

Jazz music has been and continues to be a significant and complicated force in both American and global culture. This course will study jazz in its various temporal, geographic, social, economic, and political contexts to examine the ways in which music and culture interact with and co-create each other. In addition to important factual knowledge about jazz history, this course will help you build critical listening skills and offer vocabulary and techniques to communicate about aural experience in depth both orally and in writing. If, as the old saying goes, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” this course assumes that, with sufficient training and practice, anyone can moonwalk the Eiffel Tower.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

The four-CD set is not available through UNC Student Stores. You may purchase it from other sellers or online retailers.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Sarah Tomlinson
  • Department: Music
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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MUSC 146: Introduction to World Musics

Currently Offered:
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Fall Semester 2019 (August 20–December 13)

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge of a variety of musics from around the world and an understanding of the reciprocal relationships between music and culture. Through this study of musical sounds that may be unfamiliar to you, you will develop listening skills and a descriptive vocabulary that will allow you to engage more deeply with the music that you encounter on a daily basis.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • write descriptively about musical sounds
  • identify a range of musical sounds in relation to their cultural origins
  • use musical sounds to draw informed conclusions about their cultural contexts
  • discuss the role(s) of culture in shaping music
  • discuss the role(s) of music in shaping culture.

The ebook is available from the publisher’s website. To purchase the textbook, please consult the information on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Other Requirements

  • High-speed Internet
  • Live Concert: This course requires that you attend a live world music performance during the semester. The performance can be in your local region, and the instructor will provide suggestions.
  • Audio Player: You will be asked to listen to several audio files throughout this course, so your computer must be equipped with an player for MP3 files.

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