Descriptor: undergraduate music history sequence


MUSI1200 Introduction to Research and Style Analysis is a semester-long course designed to provide students with the tools and skills necessary to excel in the academic study of musics from various time periods and around the globe. In this course, we will learn about and develop expertise in the techniques of music listening, analysis, research, reading, writing, and study, as suitable preparation for the three-semester "Musical Style and Cultural History" (MUHL2301-2302-2303) sequence required of all music majors. We will develop familiarity with specific printed and electronic information sources; develop abilities in analysis of music recordings, scores, and music texts; develop experience with specific genres of music both within and outside the European tradition; and work both individually and in teams on a sequence of projects designed to teach and test these skills.

MUHL2301 Music as Culture History I: The Common-Practice Period is the first semester of a three-semester sequence on the history and evolution of style in music in the European tradition in the Common-Practice period (approximately from Buxtehude through Brahms), designed to build on your experience in MUSI1200 and to coordinate with your studies in the Music Theory sequence.

MUHL2302 Music as Cultural History II: The Early Period is the second semester of a three-semester sequence on the history and evolution of style in music in the European tradition from Antiquity through the early Baroque, designed to build on your experience in MUSI1200 and MUHL2301 and to coordinate with your studies in the Music Theory sequence. For general information about the course, see this website.

MUHL2303 Music as Cultural History III: The Modern Period is the third semester of a three-semester sequence on the history and evolution of style in music in the European tradition from the mid-19th through the 21st centuries (approximately from Wagner through the present day), designed to build on your experience in MUSI1200, MUHL2301, and/or MUHL2302, and to coordinate with your studies in the Music Theory sequence. For general information about the course, see this website.
As you'll see, the history sequence is 3 semesters, entails a good deal of detail, and requires familiarity with a range of repertoire: about 120 pieces in total.