Survey of Western Music History

Open to all students without prerequisite. This course surveys the historical evolution of art music from its early days in the Roman Catholic Church, through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Post-Modern periods. It focuses on selected composers and their music, viewed through cultural, historical, and national lenses. Although some music terminology is addressed, music reading skills are not necessary to do well in this class. Emphasis is on the distinguishing aural characteristics of music from various eras, composers, and genres.