MUSI1025 The Art of Listening
Course Type: core/compulsory for music majors, free elective for others
Prerequisite: NIL
Instructor: Dr. Jose Vicente NEGLIA
Semester: Second Semester 2021/22
Time: 1:30pm – 3:20pm, Thursday
Venue: CPD-LG1.22 Rehearsal Room
Music moves us, and we know not why, and it is harder still to explain what we are listening to. Taking these issues as a point of departure, MUSI1025 introduces students to a wide array of music, as well as a range of ways of thinking, talking, and writing about music. Attention will be given to the development of listening skills and the vocabulary necessary to articulate an engaged response to the repertoire studied. The majority of music dealt with will be drawn from the classical music repertoire, with supplementary examples from other musical cultures when appropriate.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • describe verbally, as well as in writing a broad range of music genres and styles by listening critically to their component parts and musical features.
Weekly Tasks 10%
Two Listening Quizzes 20%
Final Test 30%
Final Project 40% (proposal 10% + final paper 30%)
  • physical and mental hearing/listening
  • sacred music versus secular music, the Mass
  • other forms of sacred music
  • vocal music and human voice as an instrument
  • musical architecture/structure and instrumental music
  • classical symphony and orchestral genres
  • virtuosity and concerto
  • opera and musical drama
  • soundtrack and emotion
  • soundscape, sonic environment, and electroacoustic music
Selected readings and listening/viewing materials are either available on Moodle or on reserve at the Music Library.