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1 Proposal: number 154

154. ACE 004: Studies in Visual Arts and Music

Contact:Richard Adams
Abstract:This course meets once a week for three hours. The musical component
corresponds to Music 1, which is an introductory course in Music Appreciation.
The first three sessions are devoted to the elements of music such as melody,
harmony, meter, musical instruments and the orchestra, musical styles and
notation. Following a quiz on the elements of music, a survey of masterpieces
of Western music covers the Medieval period through the twenty-first century.
The music of the last three centuries is stressed (Baroque, Classical,
Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary) as these are the most likely works to
be encountered in the concert hall today and on the radio or television
broadcasts from Lincoln Center or elsewhere. Towards the latter part of the
semester, particularly with Impressionism and Contemporary trends, the art and
music components are in tandem. The historical, cultural and stylistic elements
of the musical works are discussed, and in addition to an introductory text
(Joseph Machlis, The Enjoyment of Music), the students have four compact discs
with representative compositions which they can listen to as often as they
wish. The music component stresses the European scene (mostly Italy, German,
France and England) and the United States (in the twentieth century). With
regard to vocal works, either the textbook is used (which has the original text
and translation side by side) or sheets are distributed in class. The goal of
the music component is to give the student a basic appreciation of Western
music, and the listening skills with which to enjoy it.

Art history in the ACE curriculum is more than giving students an exposure to
the fine arts, and making them aware of the broader cultural contexts of works
of art in general. The ACE curriculum seeks to generate an interest in inquiry,
both scholastic and personal, so that the student can understand some of the
basic concepts behind exploring great works of art, and then use these tools
for further development; the works become an approach to personal discovery.

The course is constructed as an active dialogue between teacher and student, in
which the students are encouraged to participate in the meaning of works as
they were originally intended to be seen, and as they are interpreted today.
The works chosen for each lesson illustrate a particular culture: i.e.
Byzantine Greek, ancient Rome, France during the Romantic period, etc. Works
are studied in their own right, as well as reflections of the societies that
gave birth to them.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
ACE 004 2010-01-26 AP Submitted Dept
ACE 004 2010-01-26 US Submitted Dept
ACE 004 2010-05-12 AP Approved GEAC
ACE 004 2010-05-12 US Approved GEAC
ACE 004 2010-09-16 AP Approved UCC
ACE 004 2010-09-16 US Approved UCC
ACE 004 2011-02-10 AP Approved Senate
ACE 004 2011-02-10 US Approved Senate
ACE 004 2011-02-10 ET Approved Senate Clerical error: this is an ET course.