Experiencing Music

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Experiencing Music

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Students will learn about and gain practical experience of the music of diverse cultures through collaborative group music making activities. They will develop musical understanding and fundamental skills in reading and music notation and performing as a member of a group. Students will attend cultural events and plan and engage in activities that serve the community.

    RATIONALE: 
    This introductory liberal education course offers students the opportunity to acquire and apply basic practical musical skills, drawing from a variety of musical styles and cultures. Students learn to participate in collaborative music making and to appreciate forms of musical expression within a social and cultural context. They also learn to engage in group musical activities and to serve the needs of specific community groups.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES:
    Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate basic understanding of the symbolic notation of pitch, rhythm and dynamics, and how they are interpreted into sound
    2. Engage in the performance of stylistically diverse music and contribute to collaborative music making
    3. Discuss the cultural context and social function of diverse musical examples.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to organize, participate and reflect upon collaborative musical activities in service of the needs of the local and wider community.
    5. Identify and discuss ethical issues arising from collaborative community music making and from the interaction between ‘facilitator’ and participant’.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Group rehearsals and individual practice
    - Lectures, discussions and group work
    - Viewing of various recorded music performances
    - Workshop activities planning
    - Attendance to live cultural events
    - Participation in group performance event
    - Use of a Blackboard site, where instructor posts musical links related to the module, announcements and additional resources