Develop Educated Listeners for the Next Generation of Audience Members
An Introduction to Art Music gives students the opportunity to see as well as hear music – an enchanting experience! It also helps them learn that an art music performance is not like a rock concert!
Supported by YouTube videos and other online resources, Mary Dave Blackman’s (East Tennessee State University) An Introduction to Art Music focuses specifically on art music rather than trying to cover the entire gamut of musical possibilities.
An Introduction to Art Music:
- Utilizes the Classical Music Library - an online database of more than 100,000 recordings combined with chapter playlists, writing assignments, and the ability for the instructor to create a customizable supplemental playlist.
- Relates the terminology, instruments, and other elements to contemporary music and introduces world music and popular music where those styles intersect.
- Emphasizes music within the context of history and culture – a goal of general education courses.
- Encourages students to learn about music they will actually hear in live performances.
Using the Classical Music Library
Part I: Learn the Language
Rhythm and Meter
Harmony and tonality
Part II: Hear the Sounds
Timbre: The Color of Music
The Human Voice
Instruments of the Orchestra
Part III: Apply the Knowledge
Periods, Style and Genres
Music Before the Baroque
Introduction to the Baroque period
Baroque instrumental Music
Baroque vocal Music
Introduction to the Classical period
The Sonata Cycle
Classical Instrumental Music
Vocal Music in the Classical Period
Opera in the Classical Period
Introduction to the Romantic Period
Romantic Piano Music
Romantic Vocal Music
Opera in the Romantic PeriodThe Ballet
Introduction to the Modern period
The Period of –isms
Modern Instrumental Music
Modern Vocal Music
Part IV: Enjoy for Life