Introduction to Music and Its Literature

Course Number: MUS 202
Transcript Title: Intro to Music & Its Lit
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisite / Concurrent

WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Covers music of the Classic and Romantic eras of music history. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively with musicians and nonmusicians on the historic development of the western music tradition.
  2. Persuasively convey how the western music tradition represents a diversity of forms of music expression, cultural norms, social-political hierarchy, and religious dogma.
  3. Educate others about how remarkable individual musical accomplishments have impacted the cultural, religious, artistic, and musical traditions of their time, and still bear influence today.
  4. Perform and create music employing the period and stylistic characteristics of the classical and romantic era western music traditions.
  5. Advocate before political, educational, and community member organizations about the intrinsic value and importance of music in education.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Criteria for grading and evaluating student progress will be distributed at the beginning of the term. Individual instructors will select the assessment methods, that may include:

  • Qualitative examinations
  • Quantitative examinations
  • Aural examinations
  • Homework assignments
  • Class and group participation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Materials of Form, Development of Musical Themes, and the Sonata Cycle
  • The Classical Spirit: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
  • From Classicism to Romanticism
  • Romanticism in Music
  • The Romantic Song
  • The piano in the 19th Century
  • The Nature of Program Music
  • The Romantic Symphony and Concerto
  • Choral and Dramatic Music


  • Recognize and describe essential musical forms of the period
  • Understand and assess the importance of historical developments in the arts of the period
  • Understand and assess the major musical developments between the Classic and Romantic style periods
  • Apply knowledge of the representative composers lives, historical significance, and style characteristics to analysis and criticism
  • Analyze the development of the orchestra and respective instrument improvements
  • Gain a respect for the dramatic and choral music from each era represented and assess its place in the development of music
  • Development and use musical terminology

Department Notes

Materials will be presented in a lecture/multi media/discussion format. Use of extensive multi media educational methods to enhance lectures. These methods include: CD audio, CD ROM, Laser Disc, DVD, Midi, and computer presentations featuring music software.