MUS 156 — Enjoying and Understanding Classical Music
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Mar 21
Time: 6:00—8:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 20
Instructor(s): Nurit Jugend
Class Recording Available: Yes
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 such composers 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 has composed more than a dozen works that have been performed and broadcast worldwide. She works with leading orchestras and ensembles. Jugend received a PhD in music from Stanford.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.