This course explores Western art music as a humanistic study. It provides a survey of representative styles, musicians, and works from 1600 to the present, including jazz. Readings, writing assignments, and experiences both in and out of class introduce students to the diverse methods of historical musicology, including a variety of critical perspectives, and archival and secondary research. Students engage in close listening, musical analysis, and discussion. Emphasis is placed throughout the semester on the relevance, value, and pleasures of musicological knowledge and approaches.
Prerequisites: MUS 102 and 104 or instructor permission.