European Music History & Appreciation

Course NameEuropean Music History & Appreciation
Course CodeHSS200
DescriptionThis course will introduce students to the world of music through listening and analysis, discussions, history context and watching live performances. After a brief introduction of basic music elements, forms and instruments, it will provide an overview of major historical periods in Europe (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and the 20th Century), and their main composers and compositions. In-class listening and virtual performances visits (unless real performances can be visited again) will improve students’ critical thinking as well as understanding and appreciation of music.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should be able to:
– Become familiar with music and society of main historical periods;
– Understand the role and purpose of music in each period and recognize its major composers and compositions;
– Learn concert etiquette and basic music terminology;
– Frequent in-class listening will increase their music comprehension and appreciation.
SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS