MUSC 113 Survey of Music History: Antiquity to 1800 • 5 Cr.


Reviews the development of music from its origins to its emergence as a major art form by 1800. Course format includes lectures, demonstrations, research about prominent composers and styles, and development of listening skills.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand how assumptions, value organizations, and conditions of societies influence artistic creation. A successful student:
    • Expresses personal understanding of the importance of the arts in society.
    • Interprets a selected society or culture (its assumptions, values, relationships, etc.) and its influences upon art work created within the society or culture.
    • Analyzes how an artistic work(s) reflects or reacts to needs, beliefs, and trends in a society or culture.
    • Draws and communicates general conclusions about the ways in which artists and the art reflect or react to society and culture.
  • Interpret works of art from various historical periods, cultures, and peoples, analyzing the context in which they were created, the characteristics of the works, and the range of possible interpretations. A successful student:
    • Identifies the historical, cultural, social, biographical, intellectual or artistic context in which a work(s) of art was created.
    • Distinguishes and interprets significant contexts on an artist(s) and artistic work(s).
    • Recognizes and discusses varied perceptions of and responses to an artistic work(s)caused by the social, cultural, historical, or personal perspectives of its audiences.
    • Recognizes artistic forms, styles, and/or qualities which are characteristic of work created within various cultures and/or historical periods
    • Interprets works of art from various historical periods, cultures, peoples, and artists in relation to the context in which they were created
    • Recognizes and interprets examples of influential artistic movements, schools, or styles within a selected art discipline
  • Understand the significance and potential contribution of the arts to the quality of one's life. A successful student:
    • Reflects discovery of personal meaning in the creation or interpretation
    • Makes clear and specific references to aspects of artistic work which are personally meaningful
    • Makes clear and specific references to personal experiences, discoveries, or views in relation to artistic work
    • Discusses and analyzes personal reactions to artistic work in relation to personal experiences and views
    • Articulates discoveries about self, life, and/or the world which have been shaped by artistic work or by experiences with the arts
    • Represents, communicates, or alludes to connections between selected artistic work and her/his own work represents the ways in which the arts contribute to and enrich his/her life.
  • Analyze and evaluate works of art and performances from functional, structural/formal, historical, and cultural perspectives, using defensible criteria and communicating effectively. A successful student:
    • Describes and explains personal responses to a work(s) of art, extending beyond initial observations and general opinions
    • Investigates and considers the responses of other audiences, and compares them to personal responses
    • Examines creative choices made within a work(s), and relates them to audience responses
    • Discusses specific aspects, examples, and details from a work(s) in analyzing its effects on an audience(s)
    • Correctly uses concepts and terminology particular to a chosen critical approach and art discipline
    • Uses criteria and sound-critical analyses to evaluate their own work and the work of other artists/performers (both works in progress and final work