Listening to Music

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Listening to Music

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course aims to develop student’s musical knowledge and listening skills through the examination of musical genres and diverse examples of musical practice in varied social, cultural, and historical contexts. Students will learn about the ethical qualities attributed to music over time and what music might mean in varied contexts and through extra-musical association.

    This introductory liberal education course acquaints students with the fundamental musical concepts and vocabulary. Students develop aural awareness and knowledge of stylistic developments in music in a social, cultural and historical context. This course is offers foundational learning about music history.

    Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental musical elements, genres, and means of expression.
    2. Recognize and discuss diverse musical expressions and their functions in varied social, cultural, and historical contexts.
    3. Identify and discuss ways in which music supports the formation of identity and social inclusion.
    4. Discuss the ethical qualities attributed to music over time.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - In class instructional hours including: lectures, listening exercises and group discussions
    - In addition to tutor led instructional hours, students are expected to dedicate approximately 110 hours to individual study including: listening, reading, written exercises, online class activities and project submissions
    - Concert attendance
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use the instructor’s office hours
    - Blackboard online learning: where instructors post course information, lecture notes or slides, assignment instructions, announcements and additional resources
    - Student Academic Support Services (SASS): students can seek additional academic support through individualized peer tutoring.


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