The Core Curriculum - Masterpieces of Western Music
Through analysis and discussion, Music Humanities introduces students to representative musical works from the Middle Ages to the present. It also actively involves students in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and at concerts. Though not a survey, this course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, among others.
What is required?
Can I test out?
Yes. If you are exceptionally knowledgeable in this subject, you may earn exemption by passing an exam. The exam is offered on the first Friday of the fall semester and may be taken only once, at the beginning of a student's first semester at Columbia. Consult the Music Humanities Office for more information.
Music Humanities Office
621 Dodge Hall