MUT 2118 – Musical Concepts and Materials IV
Instructor: Dr. Kawai Shiu
Office: Studio 17, 3rd floor
Lecture: Monday 9:00-9:50
As a continuation of the previous modules MUT 1121/1122/2117, this module widens the knowledge of the students in their study of music and interpretation of a work in performance, and conceptual understanding of music and music making with the goal of bringing greater creativity and awareness to their musical activities. Musical work of Western culture from 1850 to the present will be the focus of this semester’s discussion.
Main Reference Text:
Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne, Tonal Harmony with an Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music, 5th ed., New York: McGraw Hill, 2004.
All listening materials are available in the Naxos Online Music Library.
Reserved materials can be found at the Conservatory Music Library. (See enclosed list)
A portfolio of assignments is due at the end of the semester during the final exam week. No late submission will be accepted as a component of the final grade without official excuses. All hand-written work must be clearly legible. All typed work and must meet the instructor's requirements.
Grades of the assignments are given according to the students’ understanding of the assignments, creative and intelligent inputs, and neatness of presentations. Assignments not meeting these requirements will receive reduced grades or be returned for no credit, depending on the severity.
Quizzes will be given as needed. They will include materials selected from the texts, written and listening assignments, and discussions in class and tutorial groups. Grades will be given.
Make up quizzes will not be accepted without an official excuse. Those with an official excuse must make up an in class make up quiz on the day after the excused absence. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor. Students failing to do so will receive a "0" grade for the missing quiz. NUS policies and procedures do not allow students to make up final exams without special administrative permission.
Students should prepare for the class by reading the required texts, listening to the assigned music, and preparing questions about the topics to be discussed during class and tutorial.
Positive class participation includes being attentive and intellectually alert, answering questions from the instructor and fellow classmates, and raising issues concerning the subjects. In general, good class participation creates dynamic and stimulating learning environment for all participants.
Students will NOT be penalized by disagreeing with the instructor based on intellectual and artistic conviction different from the instructor, asking “too many” questions, or presenting criticisms in a constructive manner.
Classroom disruptions include, but are not limited to, entering or exiting class during class time without an emergency, eating in class, using mobile phones, speaking disrespectfully toward others, using profanity, and using languages other than English. Each student is allowed two warnings; after two warnings you will be referred to a disciplinary hearing.
NUS publications, guidelines, and consequences govern all matters pertaining to academic integrity. Please see the documents listed in the Student Handbook and the eModule on Plagiarism: http://emodule.nus.edu.sg/plagiarism/.
Also see the "NUS Honour Code" NUS Bulletin p. 17
**If you have questions or concerns related to this course including course workload, homework, assignments, readings, etc, please discuss them directly with the lecturer and/or group instructor.
MUT 2118 Schedule
Week 1 Program Music I
Week 2 Program Music II
Week 3 Free Atonal (Motivic) I
Week 4 Free Atonal (Motivic) II
Week 5 Free Atonal (Motivic) III
Week 6 Centric Music I
Week 7 Centric Music II
Week 8 Centric Music III
Week 9 Twelve-Tone Music and Serial Music I
Week 10 Twelve-Tone Music and Serial Music II
Week 11 Twelve-Tone Music and Serial Music III
Week 12 Conceptual Music I
Week 13 Conceptual Music II