MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

MT: Tuesdays 11:10 - 2:05 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 10MT: Tuesday, March 31 at 11:10
UR: Thursday, April 02 at 6:05

All right, we've got a big class lined up this week.

Assignment #15 is about Sonata Form. I'd estimate that it's about 20 minutes of work.

Assignment #16 is our big opera event, Mozart's Don Giovanni. This is a lot of stuff, 62 minutes of video plus reading and questions. Set aside some time and go through it carefully.

Assignment #17 is about Beethoven, another 20 minutes or so.

So really, this is the first time that I've come close to replacing one of our entire sessions with online units. You're welcome!

Cuny's "recalibration" event has changed our calendar a little bit, but not that much. Duedates for assignments 10-12 were pushed back to April 21 + 23, because nothing is supposed to be due during recalibration.

Aside from that, I am staying on the original schedule. There are technical reasons for this that I will not bore you with. I posted most of this class on Tues 3/31, and our next class will be dated after (original) spring break, on April 21 + 23.

Online Office Hours

This week CUNY informed us that we are required to offer online office hours. I am going to try to keep a slack channel open whenever I am at my desk (which is most of the time, these days.) Link to the channel is in the office hours tab.

Of course you can always just email me, and an email link is in the contact tab.

New Stuff

Assignment #15: Sonata Form

First please peruse our online unit on sonata form.

Then Assignment 15 asks you some questions.

This is due before Class 12.

Assignment #16: Mozart's Don Giovanni

As I warned you above, this one is a beast. Set aside some serious time for it, or chip away at it in installments.

Our online unit includes 62 minutes of video plus some reading.

Assignment 16 asks you 5 somewhat tricky questions to see how carefully you watched. You will probably have to go back and search for certain things.

This one is also due before Class 12.

Assignment #17: Early Beethoven

Beethoven's music and biography is traditionally broken into three periods, early, middle, and late. Our online unit talks about the early years, including two well-known piano sonatas, the Pathétique and Moonlight.

Then Exercise #17 asks you eight questions.

As always I recommend you open the online unit and the exercise is separate tabs.

This one is also due before Class 12.

Old Stuff

The following are ALL due before Class 11, after break.

Assignment #10: Intro to the Classical Period

First, check out our online unit about the Classical Period. Then, Exercise #10 asks you questions about it.

If you open these two links in separate tabs it should be easy to flip back and forth and do it "open book."

This assignment is due before Class 10 Class 11.

Assignment #11: The Violin Family

Here the online material is in the best format, I think. At the top of the page there is a talk-through video that presents everything exactly like I would like to have it. If you are feeling tired of reading, you can just relax and watch that! Then, below that, the same information is presented in text with shorter videos you can click at your own pace.

I made this unit a while ago. Sadly I don't think I'll have enough time to make many new ones that are quite this elaborate.

Once you look at the material, Exercise #11 asks you questions about it.

I think you want to wear headphones or earphones for this one, since the difference between violin, viola, cello and double bass can be pretty subtle.

This one is due before Class 10 Class 11.

Assignment #12: Dynamics, Articulation, and Tempo

This online unit is about the special instructions musicians put in the music to indicate loudness, speed, and the way each note should be played.

Then Exercise #12 asks you questions about it.

I think you want to wear headphones or earphones for this one, since some of the music is soft.

This assignment is due before Class 10 Class 11.

Assignment #13: Haydn and Mozart Biographies

We have a unit on the lives of Haydn and Mozart to read, and exercise #13 asks you some questions about it.

This one is due before Class 11.

Assignment #14: Minuet and Trio

This one has an online unit that features three videos. After you watch, exercise #14 asks you more questions.

This one is due before Class 11.

OK, that's all for now

R.I.P Adam Schlesinger [1967-2020]