MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Sections meet in-person on Wednesdays (or on zoom, if necessary)
All classes currently meet in Vertical Campus 6-170 👍
Class 4Wednesday, September 29

OK! Welcome to Week Four. We've got a lot going on.

Wednesday's classes are all in person!

Our 2:30 class is now approved to meet, so all three sections will meet in person this Wednesday. There will probably be no more zooms, except for office hours and maybe some extra help sessions.

Here are the room assignments for all three sections:

12:50 - in Vertical Campus 6-170
2:30 - in Vertical Campus 6-170
4:10 - in our weird substitute room, VC 12-150

Because we remain in a period of high covid transmission these sessions remain optional. I don't really take attendance, though people who come get automatic check-plusses for the units we discuss together.

New detail - Homework expiration dates

This was buried in the syllabus from the very beginning, but it is just coming into play now. Homework that is overdue has an "expiration" date. You can usually do things late for a slight grade discount, but after the expiration date the stuff disappears for good.

The point is to keep people from putting off all the work until the very end of the semester, which is a surprisingly common problem - like 2 or 3 people always do it.

Now that I've got those announcements out of the way, lets look at assignments.

Special Assignment #1: Medieval and Renaissance Mystery Track

(This is a repost from last week.)

The Special Assignment #1 page will show you your mystery track and give you a big box to type your answer into.

There is a link to a detailed instructions page that tells you everything you need to know to get an A.

I think the two resources you might use to develop your answer are our documents page and the playlists. Let me reproduce the playlist links here, for your convenience:

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

...and our documents page is like a table of contents for the whole class.

This is due on the day of Class 5 (Wed, Oct 6). After that I'll accept them late with a small grade penalty (5 or 10 points).

Assignment #16: Intro to Baroque

We did this one together for in-person class, Wed Sept 29

Our online introduction to the Baroque comes in two pages:

Part I: General history and visual arts
Part II: New musical trends in the Baroque

Then, Assignment #16 asks you twelve questions about it.

This one is due before Class 5 (Wed, Oct 6).

Assignment #17: Scales

We did some scales together as well on Sept 29, including a paper worksheet that you can print and try at home.

Here we'll dive into the technical and slightly mathy world of scales. I've got three pages on that:

Part I: Important Concepts
Part II: What do we have to do
Part III: Extra resources

Exercise #17 asks you twelve questions about parts I and II.

This one is also due before Class 5 (Wed, Oct 6).

Homework #18: Loop-Based Compositions

This unit is laid out in three pages:

Part I: Pachelbel's Canon in D
Part II: J. S. Bach's Passacaglia in C minor
Part III: Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas

Then Assignment #18 asks you nine questions about all of it. This assignment was definitely designed to be done "open book."

This is yet another one that is due before Class 5 (Wed, Oct 6).

Assignment #19: The Invention of Opera

First, read our online lecture about the invention of opera and watch a few clips.

Then, Assignment #19 asks you seven questions.

This one is also due before Class 5 (Wed, Oct 6).

Assignment #20: Meter (Round One)

Finally, let me post something that we'll take two weeks to complete. For some people this topic is a little maddening. I've got two explanatory pages for you:

Part One: The basic concept
Part Two: How do you figure this out

...and 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 #20 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 #20 is due in two weeks, before Class 6 (Oct 13).

Old Stuff

From week two:

Asst #10: Machaut's Notre Dame Mass, due today
Asst #11: Intro to Renaissance, due today

From week three:

Asst #12: Josquin's Ave Maria, due today
Asst #13: Palestrina, due today
Asst #14: Instrumental Music, due today
Asst #15: Madrigals, due today

Special Asst #1, due next week

I don't think there is any way to really squeak a chicken with this kind of accuracy, though I would love to be proven wrong.

I think they tune it digitally, after the fact.