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MUS 156 — Enjoying and Understanding Classical Music

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—Jun 12
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Units: 2
Tuition: $490
Instructor(s): Nurit Jugend
Limit: 32
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on May 8
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 3—Jun 12
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 16
2 Units
Nurit Jugend
Please Note: No class on May 8
How can we better listen to and enjoy classical music? Learning the fundamental elements of music enables us to listen more intelligently, hear the sound more clearly, enrich our experience, and increase our overall enjoyment. Understanding music on intellectual, emotional, and sensuous levels contributes to a fuller experience. In this course, we will learn the basic elements of music such as melody, harmony, orchestration, rhythm, and texture in order to gain a more effective set of listening tools and guidelines. We will listen to a large variety of musical examples from the main classical periods (e.g., baroque, classical, romantic, and 21st century), and take a closer look at music by leading composers such as Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. By the end of the course, students will know how to identify basic musical elements such as melody, tempo, orchestration, and harmony and will have a better understanding of the overall form of a musical piece. They will come away with a more nuanced and complete understanding of classical music.

Nurit Jugend, Composer; Filmmaker

Nurit Jugend has composed more than a dozen published works that have been performed and broadcast worldwide. She works internationally with leading orchestras and ensembles such as the Israel Philharmonic and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Jugend is the director and producer of the documentary film They Played for Their Lives, which tells the stories of how music saved people’s lives during the Holocaust. She received a PhD in music from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Jeremy Yudkin, Understanding Music (ISBN 0134192230)