MUSI 401 (1SY) - Introduction to Music

Introduction to Music

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Music
Online Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   120  
CRN: 50002
Fundamental approach to analytical listening with attention to learning how to aurally recognize and apply the basic elements of music to a wide variety of specific musical works in oral and written contexts. Critical thinking and listening skills will be developed through study of music in a variety of cultural and historical perspectives. Some participation in musical life of the University may be required, unless this is the fully online version. This course does not fulfill a music major program requirement nor does it satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery requirement for any music major program.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): MUSI 401H
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Fine&PerformingArts(Discovery)
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 MWF 11:10am - 12:00pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

The goal of this course is two-fold: 1) to provide you with a framework for understanding basic concepts of music in the Western (i.e. Euro-American) tradition; and 2) to raise issues about the role of music in Western culture that will encourage critical thinking about the meaning, function, and nature of music.  You are not expected to be able to read music or to know music theory, but you will be required to master some basic concepts in these areas as part of the course. 

I will use class time primarily to lecture and to play musical examples that illustrate concepts covered in assigned readings.  In the first half of the semester, we will use the Beatles’ recorded output as a central and consistent thread, and as a gateway to exploring other musical traditions in western culture.  I frequently will make use of musical issues that arise in Beatles songs to introduce concepts, styles, composers, performers, and genres from various Western musical traditions. In this way, we will lightly and loosely cover the European classical tradition as well.  The second half of the course will focus on several representations of the Orpheus legend from Greek mythology and other Western representations of the “power” of music.  For that part of the course you will be assigned several full length videos (operas and feature films) to view along with a selection of essays to read. 



There are no texts to purchase for this course. However, you will be required to register a Tophat account (