Meet the Masters! A Music Appreciation Course Thursday 5:30 - 7 p.m.

January 24, 2013 - May 16, 2013


Tuition:

$158/ semester

 | 

15 sessions

 sessions

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Junior High and High School

Discovering Music!
A Music Appreciation Course for Junior High and High School Students

Thursday 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., AA-SPA on Main Street
Instructor: Jessica L. Getman

This 15-week semester course offers an introduction to the great composers of Western classical music presented in a visually and aurally compelling manner.  Students will be given the opportunity to expand their understanding of the major works and figures in the classical repertoire.  Using film and video, audio examples, lectures, visual illustrations, score study, and interactive exercises, “Meet the Masters” will cover canonic composers whose works the students will likely encounter during their continued musical studies.  The course will also introduce students to the six major eras of music; common musical genres, forms, and instrumentations; national styles; and relevant historical and social movements and events. Using film and video, audio examples, lectures, visual illustrations, score study, and interactive exercises, “Discovering Music” will cover ten canonic composers whose works the students will likely encounter during their continued musical studies.  The course will also introduce students to the six major eras of music; common musical genres, forms, and instrumentations; national styles; and relevant historical and social movements and events.

The last half hour of each class will be devoted to investigating musicians and composers that lie close to the students’ individual interests.  This will allow students to experience the history of Western music necessary for their continued growth as musicians, but to also explore their own, and their peers’, varied interests.

I firmly believe that young musicians should have the opportunity to participate in courses that introduce them to major composers, time periods, and genres of the Western tradition, in order to enhance their musical training and their understanding of the music they perform, as well as the historical and modern-day significance of that music.  This course aims to introduce students to this material in an engaging, enjoyable, and effective manner.

Course Materials
No materials are required for this course.  Students may bring paper and pencils for the purpose of taking notes, but I will provide all other materials.

Student Assessment
Because this course serves as an extracurricular activity for its participants, students will not be graded in a traditional manner.  There will be only minimal assignments every week—or every other week—usually of a type that require students to lightly research a composer or piece of music to present—very briefly—in class. Therefore, in order to reinforce student learning, every class will end with an exercise intended to reinforce the knowledge presented to date, as mentioned above. I will keep track of attendance, as well as the level of engagement and participation demonstrated by each student, and will provide both students and parents with mid-term feedback along these lines.  

Tuition: $158/semester | 15 sessions 
Please contact the office at 734.213.2000 or email us for additional information.

Event Date(s)

January 24, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

January 31, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

February 7, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

February 14, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

February 21, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

February 28, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

March 7, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

March 14, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

March 21, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

March 28, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

April 4, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

April 11, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

April 18, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

April 25, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

May 2, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

May 9, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

May 16, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm