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Listening to Music

Course Summary

This course is based on Listening to Music, Fall 2008 made available by Yale University: Open Yale under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues. This perennially popular introductory course in Yale is conducted by Prof. Craig Wright who has taught at Yale University since 1973. Prof. Wright suggests that "listening to music" is not simply a passive activity one can use to relax, but rather, an active and rewarding process. He argues that by learning about the basic elements of Western classical music, such as rhythm, melody, and form, one learns strategies that can be used to understand many different kinds of music in a more thorough and precise way -- and further, one begins to understand the magnitude of human greatness.
Beethoven's 5th
Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Image license: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 (Wikimedia Commons)

Reading Material

1. Textbook: Listening to Music
Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, 5th ed. Stamford: Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2008.

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