MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Class 10Wednesday, September 30

In this lesson we will get serious about musical meter, the duple and triple beat-patterns that we've mentioned somewhat briefly in previous classes. We'll start determining the meter of various tracks by ear.

Assignment #17: Meter (Round One)

I've got two explanatory pages for you:
Part One: The basic concept
Part Two: How do you figure this out

We have two practice exercises that you can do over and over again:

Practice Exercise: Meter (Baroque version)
Practice Exercise: Meter (rock version)

When you feel like you are ready, Assignment #17 will ask you to identify the meter in six tracks. I'll give you a check plus if you can get more than half of them right, and a check just for playing.

Assignment #17 is due on the day of Class 13 (Wed, Oct 14).

Support Zooms

This is one of those topics that really frustrates some students. I'll be scheduling some optional support zooms where we can work on it together. I'll email you when they are set up.

OK, let me repost the info about the special assignment, because that's important:

Special Assignment #1

This is our first "intelligent" assignment where you need to think and write a little bit, so I would encourage you not to put it off to the last minute.

Special Assignment Number One will give you a mystery track that you have probably never heard before, and your job is to tell me something about it.

One resource that might be useful at this point is our playlists:

Medieval Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music
Renaissance Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

You can use these to browse through some of our more important pieces and compare them to your mystery track.

The special assignment is due on the day of Class 12 (Wed, Oct 7).

Old Stuff

from class seven:

Assignment #12: Josquin des Prez's Ave Maria gratia plena
Assignment #13: Palestrina and the Counter-Reformation
Assignment #14: Instrumental Music in the Renaissance

These are all due on the day of Class 11 (Mon, Oct 5).

from class eight:

Assignment #15: Madrigals
Special Assignment One

These are due on the day of Class 12 (Wed, Oct 7).

from class nine:

Assignment #16: Intro to Baroque

This is due on the day of Class 13 (Wed, Oct 14).

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