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