Welcome to Mus 303
Welcome to Form & Analysis! This course uses the World-Wide Web to deliver course materials, lectures, listening exercises, and tests.
As much of the substance of Form and Analysis has to do with "themes," Mus 303 needed its own theme. I have used Monet's poplars as the graphic theme for this course. Monet's poplars have been hung throughout this course to remind us that there are characteristics of theme, form, color, development, contrast, variation, openness, closure, etc. that unite all works of art.
At the top of each page I've hung "the big picture"--one of Monet's poplars. Toward the middle you'll find a detail. Study the detail to the right then click on it...this will take you to the "big picture." As you study the details I hope you'll notice that it is often difficult to get a conception of the big picture from the details. In fact, sometimes it is a challenge to find where the detail fits into the larger picture. While details are beautiful--almost like complete paintings in and of themselves--it is important to stand back and see how they fit into the overall scheme. Each unit of this course is a study in details: cadences, phrases, periodic structures, song forms, compound forms, expositions, developments, recapitulations, contrapuntal operations, cantus firmi, these are not the "big sound," but they go into making it--complete works of art with coherence, logic, structure, and organic relationships between the whole and its parts. Ultimately, what this course is about is training our ears to hear more of the beautiful in music so that we can be better listeners and communicate more clearly why music is so important in our lives. If you get frustrated this semester trying to sort out the details, I hope you'll take a step back, and a big breath, and look for the big picture. You are here, I hope, to learn something and not sit out a requirement and get a grade.
But, courses being courses, there are requirements...and grades. If you are enrolled in this course you'll probably want to know how it is organized and what resources are available. I suggest you read the resource pages next. If you are a typical student, you'll want to know how much work is involved and how your grade will be determined...for that, see the course syllabus, assignments and study guides. So that you may monitor your progress throughout the semester, I will be continuously updating the gradebook where you may access your grades by entering the last five digits of your student ID. And, if you don't know me, stop by the instructor page where I have a few words on the prominent role technology will play in this course. So long for now, and I wish for you a good semester!