MUSIC112-18A (HAM)

Introduction to Western Music

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Arts
Music

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Paper Description

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The course consists of an exploration of important aspects of Western music by topic, theme and idea. Subjects to be addressed include the four fundamental parameters of music; higher-level elements such as melody, harmony, counterpoint, style, texture and instrumentation; musical aesthetics; repertoire and how to listen; and some social and political aspects of music. All these topics will be treated with reference to specific pieces of music, and related to contemporary styles recognised by the students.

Incorporated into the course through tutorials is an introduction to basic music theory. Starting from the beginning, theoretical materials will be covered progressively up to the equivalent of NZMEB Grade 3 by the end of the course.

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Paper Structure

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The content of the paper is delivered via two 2-hour lectures each week and one 1-hour theory tutorial per week
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the materials of Western classical music

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  • Start to understand the historical evolution of Western music within the social, intellectual and artist context of the times, and relate these to a contemporary position

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  • Develop skills of analysis, and written and verbal expression when discussing Western music
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Assessment

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1. Bibliography Assignment 14 Mar 20189:00 AM10Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Reading Assignment
11 Apr 2018
9: 00AM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Analysis Assignment17 May 20181:00 PM10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
4. Concert Logbook

31 May 2018

1:00 PM

15
6. Tutorial Tests
10
7. Final Essay
8 Jun 2018
4:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Listening/Lecture Test 1
4 April 2018
9:00 AM
10
9. Listening/Lecture Test 2
31 May 2018
1:00 PM
15
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Bibliography Assignment
14 Mar 2018
9:00 AM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Reading Assignments
11 Apr 2018
9:00 AM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Analysis Assignment
17 May 2018
1:00 PM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
4. Music Diary/Concert Logbook
31 May 2018
1:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
5. Final Essay
8 Jun 2018
12:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Listening/Lecture Test 1
4 Apr 2018
9:00 AM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
7. Theory Tutorial Tests
10
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
8. Listening/Lecture Test 2
31 May 2018
1:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Burkholder, J.P., D.J Grout, and C.V. Palisca, A History of Western Music (8th or 9th ed.) W.W. Norton and Co, New York and London. 2010

Burkholder, J.P, and C.V. Palisca, Norton Anthology of Western Music, (7th ed.) vols 1 and 2. W.W. Norton and Co, New York and London, 2014.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site. You may want to print out lecture presentations and bring them to the lecture so that you don’t have to spend so much time writing things down.

Naxos Music Library is a online database of recordings which is available to students of this class. All music studied over the semester is available here, listed in Lecture files.

The Library has recently purchased access to the textbooks in electronic form. Also, the readings required for the Reading Assignments are available online via the Library Reading Lists page. These links can be found on the class Moodle page.

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Workload

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The expected workload for the course is 50 contact hours and 80 non-contact hours. This means you should be spending at least 5 hours per week on reading, listening and assignments for this course, outside of lecture times.
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Restricted papers: MUSI112

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