Fall 2019

Exploring Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-112

Formerly listed as: MUSI-12

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Amy M. Coddington (Section 01)

Description

Fall semester: Through composition, analysis, and performance, we will build a solid working understanding of basic principles of melody and harmony common in Western musical traditions. Assignments include harmonizing melodies, writing short melodies and accompaniments, and composing in several forms such as 12-bar blues, classical minuets, and "Broadway"-style 32-bar AABA form. On several occasions we will use our instruments and voices to bring musical examples to life in the classroom. Two class meetings and one lab session per week. This course or Music 113 is considered a point of entry to MUSI 241, and serves as a prerequisite to many Music Department offerings in music history and culture.

Spring semester: Through analysis, performance, and composition, we will build a solid working understanding of basic principles of melody and harmony common in Western musical traditions. Assignments will include writing short melodies and accompaniments as well as more detailed compositional and improvisational projects. We will use our instruments and voices to bring musical examples to life in the classroom. Two class meetings and one lab session per week. This course is considered a point of entry to MUSI 241.

Students who have not previously taken a course in music theory at Amherst College are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (www.amherst.edu/~music/TheoryPlacement.pdf ). Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department.

Requisite: MUSI 111, or equivalent ability gained by playing an instrument or singing. Limited to 30 students. Fall semester: Professor Amy Coddington. Spring semester: The Department.

If Overenrolled: Individual meeting with instructor to test musical background & ear to determine class level. If overenrolled, preference will be give to those who have submitted a Music Theory Placement Exam, then to 1st-years, sophomores, & juniors.

Keywords

Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors

Offerings

2019-20: Offered in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019