FIA170.1 Music Appreciation

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Music Appreciation



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Jonathan Newell

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Course description

Develops an increased enjoyment of music through an understanding of musical styles and periods. The course consists primarily of directed listening to masterpieces by the great composers, as well as to folk and popular music.

Learning objectives

-To recognize the energy, focus and purpose behind the creation of music and recordings.
-To become better listeners and to be tolerant of musical tastes.
-To gain practice in public presentations
-To gain further experience in researching a topic.

About the instructor

Jonathan Newell holds a BA from Ithaca College in Piano Performance and Art History and an MA (summa cum laude) in Piano Performance and Composition from Hunter College. In 2010, he founded the Hudson River Music Hall, a performance space, arts education center and art gallery in Hudson Falls, N.Y., where he acts as the Executive Director and teaches piano and guitar.
He is a former member of the piano faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan and was a member of the music faculty of Adirondack Community College from 1988-2010, where he taught piano, guitar and music industry. He has been pianist/composer with The Adirondack Repertory Dance Theater since 1993. Mr. Newell gave his New York debut in 2009 at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and was recognized as a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for 2006-2007. He performs as much as 150 times a year throughout the northeastern United States as a pianist or as a pop/rock guitarist and singer. He was also a string bassist with the Glens Falls Symphony from 1980-83.

About this course

This course will familiarize students with some of the greatest works in the classical music tradition. Rather than approach it chronologically, we will explore them by form and genre: the symphony, the concerto, the sonata, art songs, opera, etc. Through these genres we will learn about the historical style periods and the ‘great composers’.