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Music Appreciation Courses

FAM 2006-001 — 21729
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives, CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking

An online history of music in America c. 1620 to the present. Musical life as we experience it in the USA today is the product of a history that is in many ways unique, but never far from world-wide influences. This course surveys a wide variety of music along with the social, political and religious movements that have shaped American musical life right up to the present. Examines the contributions of numerous cultural groups, regional developments over four centuries, and the ways music reflects values, aspirations and problems of the population. Course topics include musical genres, styles, personalities and trends. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes and videos are all online. No prior experience with music required.

ART OF RECORDING (3 credits)
FAM 1050-001 — 22277,
(Monday, 4:30-7:30 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.

FAM 1102-001 — 23090
(Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 3:35-4:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts
This course will explore contemporary musical topics through dialogue and reflection. Themed weeks will investigate the intersection of philosophy, aesthetics, and culture as they pertain to the musical experience. Within these three broad concepts, diverse topics (posed as questions) will range from the existential (What is Music?) to the social (Where do you find music?) to the economic (What is a fair way to pay creators for their music?). All are designed to focus and enrich the musical experience, while broadening student awareness of the music industry and endeavoring to answer questions that don't fit neatly into traditional music course contexts. Students will journal their reflections on these discussions, culminating in a final project, either written or practical.

FAM 2090-001 — 22812
(Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:50 p.m.; Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course explores the genre of the animate film musical with a special emphasis on its presumed originator; the Walt Disney Studios. We will consider the unique expressive properties of this form, examining the ways in which both song and the animated medium distort, rearrange and reflect the world for its audiences. As we trace the genre's history and evolution from the earliest experiments with sound technology to the latest multi-billion-dollar franchises, we will simultaneously track shifting trends in popular song and film This history will run alongside discussions of Disney's complex and often problematic roles as a purveyor of American and global entertainment. 

EXPERIMENTAL ROCK 1960S AND 1970S (3 credits)
FAM 2013-001 — 21731
(Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
FAM 2013-002 — 21732 (Online)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, DC Diversity and Culture, CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration

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 1970s, 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.

FAM 1100-001 — 21725
(Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 2:30-3:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: 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 complicated as triplets in simple and compound meters; recognizing intervals and chords; and understanding basic forms used in popular and classical music. The skills learned in this course will provide the basis for further study and understanding of music of all genres.

FAM 2075-001 — 22514
(Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: DC Diversity and Culture, FA Fine Arts, CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, SR Social Responsibility
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has been credited as revolutionary and a game changer in the history of the American musical since its off-Broadway opening in 2015. This course explores the revolutionary aspect of this musical, covering song and plot conventions of musical theater as they appear in musicals from the 1920s to the present and investigating how Miranda employs, challenges and transforms them in Hamilton. We will also consider Hamilton among other "history musicals," its relationship with popular music (especially hip-hop and socio-political issues of race and ethnicity derived from Miranda's choice to offer a multi-racial cast to represent the Founding Fathers. We will thus contextualize Hamilton in musical theater history and investigate what aspects of the musical are conventional and which ones are original.

FAM 3031-001 — 21746
FAM 3031-002 — 21747
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, 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.

FAM 2014-001 —21733
(Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration
This course will explore the potentials of laptop computers for music making. Various technical topics, including analog v. digital sound, audio software, effects, gear, MIDI and audio programming languages will be surveyed. In addition, a survey of the history of computer music will be conducted by way of an investigation into seminal readings and recordings. Both of these inquiries will provide participants with the technical and analytical skills to utilize their laptops to creative ends. Participants will also be expected to work in small groups on creative projects.

FAM 2023-001 — 21735
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration

In this course, you will play, record, and make music with online instruments. There are three units, and each unit includes a distinctive music making session; Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2), and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3 In the Unit 1, you will individually study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments, and recording the music that you played through the exercises. In the Midterm Exam, you will be asked to answer the basic knowledge that you have learned so far. In the Unit 2 and 3, you will form your laptop band with your online classmates to play and record music together. In the Unit 2, you will collaborate with 1~2 classmate(s) to complete the assignment together. In the Unit 3, you will collaborate with 2~4 classmates to create your own band under your instruction to direct your band members, and play for your band member's music under their respective directions. In the Final Exam, you will be asked to answer all the materials that you have learned.

FAM 2050-002 — 21737
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: DC Diversity and Culture, FA Fine Arts, CM Effective Communication

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.

FAM 2051-001 — 21738
(Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
FAM 2051-002 — 21739 (Tuesday 6-8:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: DC Diversity and Culture, FA Fine Arts, CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration
A one 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.

LIVE AT CCM (2-3 credits)
FAM 1060-001 — 21722 (TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration

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.

FAM 2018-001 — 21734
(Monday/Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:35 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, FA Fine Arts, KI Knowledge Integration, SE Social and 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.

FAM 2005-001 — 21727
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: DC Diversity and Culture, FA Fine Arts

An online course that introduces students to a wide range of music in the Western World, covering several historical periods, including our own time. Examines musical styles, musical terms, composers and other aspects of the music listening experience. Considers the historical and cultural context of musical activity and the way it has shaped the musical life from medieval Europe up to the present in our own communities. Students will discuss their own experiences with music and have the opportunity to attend a musical performance of their choice, near where they live, for class credit. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes, videos and film are all online. No prior experience with music required.

FAM 2061-001 — 21740
FAM 2061-002 — 21741
FAM 2061-003 —21742
(Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-01:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CT Critical Thinking, FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives

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 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.

FAM 2070-001 — 21743
(Tuesday, 6:30-9:10 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SE Social and Ethical Issues, CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration

The course thoroughly examines the musical artists and the works they performed at history's most iconic pop music festival, Woodstock (officially the "Woodstock Music and Art Fair"). As many as half a million people or more, descending on a dairy farm in upstate New York in August of 1969 for "three days of peace and music," were treated to a wildly diverse lineup of musicians and artists hailing from no less than five different continents. The Woodstock Festival is the perfect prism through which to view the 1960s popular scene, when various streams of musical genres converged to forge a new breed of "pop"; the soundtrack of the counterculture and a young, idealistic generation. 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.

FAM 2062-001 — 21744
FAM 2062-002 — 21745
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: DC Diversity and Culture, SE Social and Ethical Issues, CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration

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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