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Music Appreciation Courses

AMERICAN MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2006 – 49872
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives

An online history of music in America c. 1620 to the present. Considers musical developments in America and the social, political, and religious movements that have shaped American musical life. Examines musical genres, styles, personalities and trends. No prior musical experience required.
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ART OF RECORDING
FAM 1050 – 49204: (Thursday 4:30-7 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, IL Information Literacy
Art of Recording focuses on the basic technical musical understanding needed to engage music at progressively deeper levels of understanding. Starting from simple listening experiences you will soon be able to appreciate what it means to be an "expert listener." A musician learns the function musical scales; a painter, the knowledge paint and brushes; a writer, the craft of words and sentences. The expert listener integrates specific gateways that can reveal the depths of sound possibilities. This course expresses the Art of Recording from basic sound physics, music and brain functions as they pertain to the technology used in producing the popular music we love over the last five decades.
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EXPERIMENTAL ROCK OF THE 1960s AND ‘70s – ONLINE
FAM 2013 – 49200
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts, Mid-Collegiate Experience

This course will provide a detailed overview of the tools, techniques and musical styles which had a tremendous impact on the aesthetic of various genres of Rock Music in the 1960s and ‘70s, the resonance of which can be observed in many mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years. It will begin with an examination of multi-tracking tape machines: their development and techniques such as sound on sound, tape-delay and flange, which had become standard practice in studios by the late 1960s. This is followed by a technical overview of electronic instruments, specifically the synthesizer, whose development will be traced from the Theremin. Musical trends such as the 1950s avant-garde and Minimalism will serve as a bridge to examinations of seminal bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Can, Neu:, Brian Eno and the Talking Heads among others; the technical knowledge gained from the initial lectures on tape techniques and electronic instruments will be used to gain a deeper understanding of the music of these artists.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC
FAM 1101 – 54093
(Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:30-3:25 p.m.)   
Breadth of Knowledge Area: FA Fine Arts
The appreciation of music is enhanced by a deeper knowledge of musical materials and structures. This introductory course will focus on reading and writing music in treble, bass and C clefs, using rhythms as complicate as triplets in simple and compound meters, recognition of intervals and chords, and understanding basic forms used in popular in classical music. The skills learned in this course will provide the basis for further study and understanding of music of all genres.
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HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL II – ONLINE
FAM 3032 – 49332
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts

Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force, beyond mere entertainment, that has defined youth culture on a global scale. Rock and roll culture is embedded in the fabric of youth identity. Rock and roll music is a commodity that young people use daily, often with an obsessive devotion. Marketing campaigns that target youth are so relentless that young people are under enormous media and social pressure to join the ranks of consumers. The goal of History of Rock and Roll is, therefore, threefold: 1. To provide for students a chronological survey that examines the relationship between the music, its most successful and colorful artists, the associated recording technology and the impact of the genre on American culture. 2. Through critical listening and reading, the course will provide students with useful, evaluative tools so that they can make historically informed and thoughtful decisions about the music they select and enjoy. 3. Finally, the course will encourage students to seek and appreciate new styles and perhaps inspire those who seek a career as a pop music artist. No prerequisite.
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INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC OF THE WORLD’S PEOPLES
FAM 3001 – 54582
Music has existed in every human society, past and present. Why has this phenomenon, considered by many to be mere entertainment, been so essential to human life? This course explores this question by examining a range of musical and artistic forms from various regions of the world, including, but not limited to South Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America. By looking at music across several cultural contexts and including our own, we can begin to understand the numerous ways in which music not only reflects but also constitutes the self and society. Students will be required to do reading and listening assignments, participate in in-class musical demonstrations, observe performances outside of class and conduct a final project.
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JAPANESE POP, ANIME, AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050 – 49206
FAM 2050 – 50940
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts
In this online course, you will learn the evolution of Japanese Pop, Anime, and Video Game Music (post 1980) including anime theme songs, video game music, and popular songs. Each topic will provide the composer's biography, historical background, and word-by-word translation of lyrics, and will investigate the cultural differences between Japan and America.
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JAZZ APPRECIATION
FAM 2051 – 49207 (Tuesday 6:00-8:30 p.m.)
FAM 2051 – 49208 (Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts 
A one online semester overview of America's true art form: jazz. The course will introduce students to the various styles of jazz, its major performers, its history and origins, and will also involve attending jazz performances at CCM or elsewhere.
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LIVE AT CCM
FAM 1060 – 49312:
(TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, Mid-Collegiate Experience
Through this course, students will have the opportunity to experience concerts at CCM in a directed environment. Learn about a broad range of music and style through exposure to a wide variety of instrumental ensembles. Attend orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, jazz and contemporary music programs and more with the chance to discuss and write about them through interaction with knowledgeable graduate assistants and the directors of the respective ensembles themselves.
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MUSIC AND POLITICS
FAM 2018 – 49202: (Monday/Wednesday 11:15 a.m.-12:35 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, SE Social & Ethical Issues
This course examines the impact of music on politics during the last 100 years in the contemporary classical realm, as well as folk and popular musical styles. Students will become familiar with prominent politically influenced musicians and composers such as Fela Kuti, Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley and Frederic Rzewski. Also, this class will cover the impact on music from major political and historical events throughout the century, such as World War II's influence on jazz, or the life and career of Dmitri Shostakovich under Stalin's Soviet Union. By studying the biographies and major works of this broad spectrum of musicians, students will be able to outline the diverse characteristics of politically oriented music.
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MUSIC APPRECIATION – ONLINE
FAM 2005 – 49340
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts

An online one-semester course in Music Appreciation, which will introduce students to a wide range of composers, compositions, musical styles, and musical terms and which will place these musical works in the historical and culture context of each period, including contemporary. The course is delivered via Blackboard and students must have regular online access.
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MUSIC OF THE BEATLES
FAM 2061 – 49211 (Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.)
FAM 2061 – 49212 (Tuesday 6:30-9:10 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, SE Social & Ethical Issues, Mid-Collegiate Experience

The Music of the Beatles has made an impact in the whole world both musically and sociologically. The Beatles are considered one of the most influential bands of any era. Their music reflects the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s and serves as a model for understanding all subsequent popular music. This online class will chronologically trace the development of the Beatles from their early days through the band's dissolution. There will be analysis of selected compositions with regard to lyrics, harmony, song structure, instrumentation and arranging. This class will examine their groundbreaking production techniques, individual writing styles and the impact of their music on other musicians and social trends.
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MUSIC OF THE BEATLES – ONLINE
FAM 2061 – 49209
FAM 2061 – 49210
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, SE Social & Ethical Issues, Mid-Collegiate Experience

The Music of the Beatles has made an impact in the whole world both musically and sociologically. The Beatles are considered one of the most influential bands of any era. Their music reflects the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s and serves as a model for understanding all subsequent popular music. This online class will chronologically trace the development of the Beatles from their early days through the band's dissolution. There will be analysis of selected compositions with regard to lyrics, harmony, song structure, instrumentation and arranging. This class will examine their groundbreaking production techniques, individual writing styles and the impact of their music on other musicians and social trends.
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MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE EAST – ONLINE
FAM 2008 – 53963
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts
The course will explore the origins and developments of music in Arab countries, Iran, the Caucasus, Turkey and Israel and will examine the theoretical ground on which the music has been taking shape and evolving over time. This will be an opportunity for students with Western music skills and aesthetics to be informed of new music horizons and taught to enhance their knowledge by learning the details of Middle Eastern music. Classes will be a mixture of lectures, discussion, class presentations, musical demonstrations and guest performances. Students will formalize their own opinions on the current trends of Middle Eastern music and discuss them in the classroom with instructor; listen to compositions based on music from the Middle East; write short papers based on the reading assignments covered and discussed in the class and make presentations on the topics of the Middle Eastern music of their own choosing. The course is open to students of any background and level of musical experience.
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MUSIC WHERE YOU LIVE – ONLINE
FAM 2010 – 54166
: (TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, FA Fine Arts
An online music class focused on the live music scene where the individual student lives. Students will attend live performances in their own communities and experience different musical genres or styles. Each student, in her/his own location, will interview professionals in the music world, and investigate public and private arts funding at the local level and beyond. Online, students will present findings, participate in discussions, and reflect on the impact of musical activity on their community. Students must be able to attend events of their choice (within class-guidelines) in their community or region. All common readings, discussion boards, and assignment instructions will be provided online. No textbook.
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PROGRESSIVE ROCK
FAM 2020 – 49712: (Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, FA Fine Arts
This course will provide a detailed overview of the Progressive Rock phenomenon of the 1970s; further study will be made of other relevant hybrid genres of this era such as Jazz/Fusion and Afrobeat. In order to better understand and appreciate these styles students will examine the evolution of Jazz during the 1960s and its cross-pollination with Rock in the later part of the decade. There will also be an emphasis on the technological breakthroughs in musical instruments: electro-acoustic instruments such as the Fender Rhodes and synthesizers such as the Moog. Throughout, students will examine samples of music and explore its influence on mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years.
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THE FINE ARTS EXPERIENCE
FAM 2031 – 50225: (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, IL Information Literacy, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Experience is designed for those students with little to no experience with the arts. During the semester, students will learn basic techniques and terminology regarding visual art, dance, music and drama, and will discuss the similarities and differences between these areas. In the classroom, they will participate in activities that are designed to teach the process by which visual art, dance, music and drama are created, by creating and/or performing. Outside the classroom, they will investigate and analyze each of these arts-areas on the University of Cincinnati campus, as well as in the city of Cincinnati. These journeys will not only afford them opportunities to view the arts-community as a whole, but will also foster the skills necessary to partake in the arts after their tenure at UC, if they so choose.
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THE MUSIC OF PRINCE
FAM 2080 – 54403:
(Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:30 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts
Over the course of almost 40 years, Prince blended just about every genre of music into a unique and groundbreaking career and sound, rivaled by very few artists. His music exploded taboos about how we saw black musicians, how we explored and discussed sex and sexuality, often blending of spirituality, and reshaped gender and its presentation into a fantastically queered version of masculinity. For better, and sometimes worse, he transcended music into movies, art, fashion and politics. He was one of the brave few who spoke out about exploitative terms in recording contracts, embraced the Internet as a way of releasing music when most people didn't even have e-mail addresses and, perhaps most importantly, redefined what it meant to be a musical icon and artist, a person who forever changed the boundaries and expectations of music.
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THE MUSIC OF WOODSTOCK
FAM 2070 – 54995:
 (Tuesday 6:30-9:10 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, SE Social & Ethical Issues, Mid-Collegiate Experience
This course thoroughly examines the musical artists and the works they performed at history's most iconic pop music festival, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. How did a music festival, let alone pop music in general, become a catalyst for social, political, and artistic change and upheaval? How was the motley assortment of musicians of various stripes, genres, genders and ethnicities received by the crowd, temporarily the fourth-largest city in New York? How did this crowd co-exist and survive without virtually any of the realities that plague a similar-sized urban center? These are just a few of the many questions posed in this course as we study and—equally as important—savor and experience the musical performances of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
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VIDEO GAME MUSIC
FAM 2049 – 49688: (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, IL Information Literacy, KI Knowledge Integration, SR Social Responsibility, FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation
This course explores the history, technology and aesthetics of Video Game Music. Students will develop familiarity with a variety of game genres and their music; will discuss social, philosophical, technological, aesthetic and musical issues pertaining to games; and will have an introductory hands-on experience composing game music, which they will be able to import into one of the games studied in the course. It is advisable that students already have intermediate musical training (informal is acceptable; being a music major is not necessary) OR moderate experience playing video games (any genre or platform; smartphone games aren’t sufficient), though experience in both is NOT necessary.
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WHAT’S HOT IN POPULAR MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2062 – 49329
FAM 2062 – 49330
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, DC Diversity & Culture, SE Social & Ethical Issues, Mid-Collegiate Experience

This online course examines current popular music in its trending styles and genres. Students will critique selected songs from the weekly Billboard charts and various other media resources, including You Tube and digital download statistics, and consider both the hottest artists as well as promising up-and-comers. Students will develop skills for evaluating artistic intent with respect to lyrics, some basic literary techniques, melody, harmony, rhythm, song form and psychology and with a look at cutting edge production techniques. Students will identify and compare unique composing and performing styles of today's artists and identify links between the music business and societal trends. Weekly activity will include reading, viewing and listening to examples online and completing assignments on Canopy. No prerequisite. No textbook.
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WHAT’S HOT IN POPULAR MUSIC
FAM 2062 – 49331: (Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, DC Diversity & Culture, SE Social & Ethical Issues, Mid-Collegiate Experience
This course examines current popular music in its trending styles and genres. Students will critique selected songs from the weekly Billboard charts and various other media resources, including You Tube and digital download statistics, and consider both the hottest artists as well as promising up-and-comers. Students will develop skills for evaluating artistic intent with respect to lyrics, some basic literary techniques, melody, harmony, rhythm, song form and psychology, and with a look at cutting edge production techniques. Students will identify and compare unique composing and performing styles of today's artists and identify links between the music business and societal trends. Weekly activity will include reading, viewing and listening to examples online and completing assignments on Canopy. No prerequisite. No textbook.
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Registration Info

UC students can register online at webapps2.uc.edu/ScheduleOfClasses.