Spring 2021

Listening Through History

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-101


David E. Schneider (Section 01)


This course aims to instill an appreciation of various types of music mainly from the so-called classical tradition of Western music from  eleventh-century Gregorian chant through twentieth-century genres such as the American musical, minimalism, and jazz (the blues, swing, bebop, and cool jazz). Additionally, our chronological survey will include genres such as the symphony, the concerto, program music, piano music (Romantic character pieces and ragtime), and opera. In addition to works by long-canonized composers (e.g. Bach, Beethoven, and Gershwin), we will study compositions by musicians who have been excluded from or marginalized in the “classical” canon because of race and/or gender (i.e. Hildegard von Bingen, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, and Fanny Mendelssohn). Assignments include listening to works of music with attention to how its elements combine to convey meaning and emotion, reading historical documents related to our listening, and short writing assignments. No prior experience with “classical” music or the ability to read music required.

Spring Semester. Professor Schneider. The course will be offered Hyflex with as much individual/in-person contact as practical (highly dependent on enrollment). If enrollment allows and time-zone differences prove problematic for students off-campus, we may be able to divide the class into smaller sub-sections to allow for some meetings to take place synchronously over Zoom at a time different than the scheduled class meeting. Online elements of the course conducted on Zoom and through Moodle.


Artistic Practice


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021