Fundamentals of Western Music
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LMUS 2010
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course explores basic concepts and skills of Western music theory and analysis, focusing on dynamics, duration, pitch, and timbre through a range of musicological, technological, and philosophical perspectives. Topics include music terminology; acoustics; intervals and ratios; melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic structures; standard musical forms; and an introduction to music notation in treble and bass clefs. The course focuses on common practice tonality but also explores other possibilities for organizing musical sound; inspired by John Cage's experimental music courses at The New School, it offers problems and solutions in the field of composition and encourages inventiveness. The seminar+ course format includes concert attendance outside of regular classtime. This is a required course for Lang Contemporary Music majors/minors and a recommended prerequisite for LMUS 2003: Composition and Analysis.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.