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MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation • 5 Cr.


Develops listening skills and an understanding of how elements of music are used by composers, while exploring the history of music in western civilization. Class activities include lectures, written materials and a variety of listening experiences including attendance at live musical events.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the difference between active and passive listening
  • Describe a skill set related to actively listening to music
  • Articulate and inventory of their listening skills, their openness and their interests in relationship to a variety of musical styles.
  • Identify the elements of music and how composers use them in the creation of music.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and the use of a basic body of musical terminology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills and activities that can make concert going experience more meaningful.
  • Describe the cultural norms of each of the periods of music history, how they vary, how they influence and are reflected in the art of the each period of music history.
  • Identify the major composers of each of the periods of music history and describe the characteristic of their music as well as the cultural influences that affected their lives.
  • Identify a repertoire of music by sound, period of music, composer, and stylistic characteristics, and relate it to its historical, cultural, and technical
  • Demonstrate their listening skill levels by reviewing live musical events
  • Create a presentation of the historical, cultural, technical, musical and concert going activities involved in a various type of music.



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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