Wednesday, April 1, 9057

Perceiving the Performing Arts

St. Mary's College
Moraga, CA
Perceiving the Performing Arts (Performing Arts 001)
Spring 2010

Prof. Rebecca Engel (Theatre)

Prof. Jia Wu (Dance)

Dr. Mark Alburger (Music)

Music Section


Course Information

Unit Credit:

Previous experience in life.

Dante 204

Meeting Times:
TTh 9:40-11:10am

It is the student's responsibility to notify the records office of a formal withdrawal.


Dante Hall 204

(707) 474-7273 (Cell)



Office Hour:
11:10-40 TTh


(Selected chapters)

Aaron Copland - What to Listen for in Music: How We Listen
(Biography and Music by Copland)
Jeanette Winterson - Art Objects
(Biography and Books by Winterson)

Internet Free Download:,_Op.120_(Schumann,_Robert)

Selected scores


No. 2 pencils

Computer access

Course Description

This is a course on the ways in which we perceive dance, music, and theatre -- both collectively, as members of an audience, and as individuals.

Music Objectives

1. Analyze musical examples from the perspectives of rhythm (meter/tempo), pitch (scale/mode/melody), dynamics, timbre, texture, harmony, form, and style (history/sociology/function/biography)

2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the aesthetics and history of music.

Music Grading and Evaluation

Daily attendance/participation

Written quizzes

Concert paper

Score Legend

90-100% / A

80-89% / B

70-79% / C

60-69% / D

0-59% / F

Concert Attendance

Students are required to attend performances as outlined in the overall course syllabus.

Late Assignments

There will be a 10% grade penalty on all assignments up to a week late. Assignments more than one week late will receive a failing grade. Only quizzes missed due to excused absences may be made up. Such quizzes must be made up within one week or receive a failing grade.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Required texts only supplement class meetings. Thus, attendance to all class meetings is essential to the successful completion of the course. Poor attendance has always resulted in a poor grade, while excellent attendance has always been a prerequisite to an excellent grade.

Academic Dishonesty

Students found cheating or plagiarizing will be subject to penalty.

Artistic Borrowing

Students found borrowing, gridding, modeling, or troping will be congratulated. Please refer to the history of art, the universe, and everything.

Music Syllabus

Session 1 - Prehistoric / Ancient Music (before c. 400)
Yurok (California) - Women's Brush Dance
Asia Minor (Turkey) - Epitaph of Seikilos

Session 2 - Medieval Music (c. 400-1400)
Gregorian Chant - Kyrie IV
Guillaume de Machaut - Notre Dame Mass: Kyrie

Session 3 - Renaissance / Baroque Music (c. 1400-1750)
Josquin des Pres - El Grillo
G.F. Handel - Messiah: Hallelujah

Session 4 - Classical / Romantic Music (c. 1750-1900)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5: I
Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto: Quartet

Session 5 - 20th-Century Music I (c. 1900-1950)
Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring: Dances of the Adolescents
Joe Garland - In the Mood

Session 6 - 20th-Century Music II (c. 1950-2000)
George Crumb - Black Angels
Roger Waters - Shine On You Crazy Diamond: III

Session 7 - 21st-Century Music (c. 2000-)
Mark Alburger - Camino Real: Block 9
Thom Yorke - Morning Bell

Session 8 - San Francisco Symphony Concert
Robert Schumann - Symphony No. 4 (1851)
Alexander Zemlinsky - Lyric Symphony (1922)

San Francisco Symphony Concert Review

Reviews of the event will identify the concert (who, what, when, and where), and comment on salient elements. The first review will be due before the final.

Review should have a:
Lede Sentence
Basic News Facts
Good Mechanics / Style (endeavor to avoid 1st person)
Perceptive Content

For example formats, feel free to check reviews at
The New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
21st-Century Music (

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