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MUS201 Exploring Music: Introduction to Music History

Exploring Music: Introduction to Music History

MUS201 Exploring Music: Introduction to Music History

Explores the history of Western European music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. It is an overview of musical genres, styles, forms, and practices that were embraced in each period. Examines the way historical events, cultural trends, or technical inventions affected the musical trend in each era. Emphasis is on cultivating critical listening and comprehension skills through musical examples, learning from lectures, documentaries, recordings, and reading of the textbook. No musical background is required. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

Online Resources

Here are accessible resource websites and databases free to use:

Books on Reserve

These are books that are in the Riverside Campus Library Reserve Room for MUS201 students only. Call the library at 541-245-7512 for availability.

Searching for operas or ballets in the RCC library catalog

The RCC/Jackson County Library Catalog defaults to a page with a basic search box. To browse operas or ballets on DVD, type “opera DVD” or “ballet DVD” – don’t type the quotation marks. This will bring up several good titles. There will also be some (like Phantom of the Opera) that will also be in the results. One can also type “opera” in the basic search box and in the scroll down box for “format” below that, and choose DVD. This is going to bring a lot more results, but also a lot more irrelevant ones. If you have a particular title in mind, like the Nutcracker, you are better off typing in the title and choosing the format as DVD. If you are searching for CDs the same kind of searching can be done.

If you are having difficulty ask a librarian for help!

Books Regarding Western Music

Here are some books and music available in the catalog. Just click title or cover art to go directly to the item: