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MUSC 120: Foundations in Music

Professor David Garcia

MUSC 120 is our gateway course for music students. It is only offered in the Fall semester and is required for the major (both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music) and the minor.

For this semester’s iteration of MUSC 120, we will center the course on the idea that authentic learning (a notion associated with “social pedagogies”) gives students opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of course material in real-world contexts. The knowledge we will attain and put into action includes hearing musical structure and internal relationships; realizing historical and contemporary performance practices that arise from various social forces and historical traditions within the music-creative industry; and interpreting musical meanings from multiple perspectives.

Examples of course topics include

the history of the music major at Carolina;

auditory and ethical concerns surrounding sound;

genre busting;

what are we performing when we perform?;

and the music major in the twenty-first century.

This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm and counts as 3 credit hours toward graduation.

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