MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Section ETR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 in Room 6-170
Section FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
Section UR: Thursdays 6:05-9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 1Tuesday, January 31

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Welcome to Music in Civilization!

Getting Started

There are four things you need to do right away.

1. Read the class syllabus carefully. We will talk about a lot of this stuff in the first class, but you really want to absorb all of the details and refer back to it periodically.

2. Get registered for this site. This is mandatory for all students. Once you are registered you will be able to do the online homework assignments and see your attendance record and grades.

3. Figure out how you are going to rent or purchase Listening to Western Music by Craig Wright (Cengage Learning), in either the 7th or 8th edition.

4. Once you are registered, you can start homework assignments here on the web site. The first one is a Student Survey which is due before class 3 for a check plus.

Our first quiz date

Our new schedule is complicated, but I think Quiz No. 1 could be as early as Feb 16 for all sections. It will cover the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Class notes and our study guide will eventually be up on our documents page, but lemme give you complete playlists for these units now.

Medieval Unit: YouTube / Spotify
Renaissance Unit: YouTube / Spotify

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

Why is Man Musical?

Bonus Articles and a Book

In the first session we do a little brainstorming exercise called "Why is Man Musical?" Here are some of the materials that I mention in the discussion.

Scientists at MIT think they have found an area of the brain that is just for music.
New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’ New York Times 2/8/16

And, while it is a bit dated, you might be interested in Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works. Pinker calls music "evolutionary cheesecake."

Here is a nice roundup of some of the more popular theories:
The origins of music Cosmos 3/3/11