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MUS 03 — Practical Musicianship: From Structural Listening to Musical Enjoyment

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 22—Aug 24
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 24
Units: 2
Tuition: $505
Instructor(s): Mauricio Rodriguez
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jun 22—Aug 24
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 24
2 Units
Mauricio Rodriguez
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
A practical approach to music will allow you to understand its elements by developing listening skills to identify patterns in different genres and styles. For instance, in this course, we will learn about the formal similarities between a Schubert Lied and a Beatles song while also looking at their different harmonic grounds. Appreciating music in context is not only about knowing its theoretical grounds; a "structural listening" is needed to fully experience the form of a piece and its constituent elements.

This course will include a practical survey of fundamental music elements: rhythm patterns, scales and modes, melodic structure, chord construction, harmonic progressions, harmonic cadences, and music form. Students will hone their hands-on listening skills through reading, singing, and performing. By the end of this course, you will be able to use your knowledge in your own music practice, as well as explore the basics of analyzing and creating music.

No prior music knowledge is required, but access to a musical instrument (acoustic or digital) is highly recommended.

Composer; Adjunct Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Mauricio Rodríguez received a DMA in composition from Stanford and is the editor and author of Musicians' Migratory Patterns: American-Mexican Border Lands. He has taught at Stanford, San Jose State, San Jose City College, Arts at Google, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.