World Art and Music Appreciation (WAMA)

Honors Section Available: No

Brief Course Description:

This two semester course is the combination of a music and art appreciation course, with the view of understanding the prevailing trends in culture and society that produced these works of music and art within that context.

Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes:

To accomplish this understanding, there are three main goals of the course. First, students chronologically survey music and art from ancient world civilizations to postmodernism and abstract art in the twentieth century. The units cover Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Asian, African, American, Folk, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music and art. Second, students produce music and art in the techniques and styles of these various areas in order to obtain an appreciation of the skill involved. This goal includes a learned vocabulary for speaking and writing about music and art. Third, students do four research papers on compositions or works of art of their choice, analyzing them according to techniques and terms learned in class. These papers may be substituted with one or two live performances, accompanied by a formal critique. Both of these are reported on orally to the class.

Course Objectives:

Students will gain an understanding of musical and artistic expression throughout the world and through time. They will understand the philosophy, culture, and historical events associated with the arts and music of a given time or place, in order to broaden their understanding of people and society.

Key Assignments:

Regular listening quizzes, quizzes and tests on art, artists, composers, and historical background. Four research reports covering musical composition/art, composer/artist, historical setting, reasons for creating, formal analysis, and evaluation of worth. Music and art products are graded not on ability or talent, but on understanding of musical and art techniques and thoroughness in following instructions.


The second semester requires the first semester.

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