Listening to Music

About the Course

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.

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Course Structure

This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Fall 2008.

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Craig Wright is teaching his course through the Yale Summer Online. This course runs from July 8 - August 9 and features extensive interaction with faculty and fellow students. Click here to learn more and apply to this course

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About Professor Craig Wright

Craig Wright received the degree Bachelor of Music in piano and music history at the Eastman School of Music (1966) and a Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard (1972), and since 1973 has taught at Yale University where he is currently the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music. At Yale, Wright's courses include his perennially popular introductory course "Listening to Music" and his selective seminar "Exploring the Nature of Genius." During the summers he has led several Yale Alumni tours to France, Germany, and Italy. Among his six books are Music and Ceremony at Notre Dame of Paris (1989), Music in Western Civilization (2005), Listening to Music (6th edition, 2011), and Listening to Western Music (2007). He is presently at work on a volume entitled Mozart's Brain: Exploring the Nature of Genius. In 2004 Wright was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Chicago.

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Syllabus

Professor

Craig Wright, Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music

Description

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.

Texts

Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, 6th ed. Stamford: Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2011.
The textbook comes with the Introduction to Listening CD. The five-volume CD set Popular & Global Music may be purchased separately.

Chinese edition: Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, translated by Li Xiujun and Yu Zhigang. Cengage Learning / Three Union Press (ISBN 978-7-108-03774-9).

Requirements

Course requirements consist of: three tests (10%, 15%, 20%); approximately thirty listening exercises (25%); regular attendance and class participation (5%); one review of Berkeley Chamber Orchestra (10%); one five-page paper involving 1) Walt Disney's Fantasia or 2) Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Phantom of the Opera (15%).

Grading

Examinations: 45%
Listening exercises: 25%
Attendance and participation: 5%
Orchestra review: 10%
Paper: 15%

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