MUS 9A: MUSIC & MEDIA: EDISON TO HENDRIX
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Not open to students with credit in MUS 85 or 85A.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- 70% of students will be able to correctly identify aural examples contained in the class modules at the final exam.
- 70% of students will be able to correctly name the eras of pre-1970 jazz by date at the final exam.
The student will be able to:
A. Describe and discuss the history of popular music since the introduction of recording.
C. Analyze media delivery systems and how they affect musical content and aesthetics.
D. Identify popular musical styles from each decade of the 20th century.
E. Compare and contrast media delivery systems and their impact on music styles and content.
F. Write comprehensive analyses of changes in musical styles and delivery since the introduction of recording.
1. History of recorded music delivery systems
a. Performance vs. recording and broadcast
b. Examples of how music has changed due to delivery medium
2. Vocabulary of modern (20th century) music
a. Technical characteristics (including pitch, rhythm, melody, dynamics, timbre, texture, form, harmony)
b. Changes in characteristics due to delivery medium
B. System development
1. Recording and its development 1878-1970
2. Radio system development/AM to FM
C. Engineering and its impact on musical content
1. Early engineering/live recording
2. Multitrack recording and the rise of the producer
3. Production as part of content
D. Technical Innovations and their impact
1. Dynamic microphones
2. Condenser microphones
3. The PA system
4. The LP
E. Major innovators and performers
1. Thomas Edison and recording
2. Bing Crosby and dynamic microphones
3. Frank Sinatra and condenser microphones
4. Phil Spector and modern production
5. Brian Wilson and multitrack engineering
6. George Martin and sound manipulation
Lab content includes directed listening and viewing from the following areas:
A. Early media (1890-1920)
B. Media since sound recording on a mass scale
C. Movies (cinema) with sound
D. Media since television
E. Music and media since the Beatles' first appearance on television in 1964
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Weekly worksheets for guided reading and listening.
B. Listening assignments via online delivery.
C. Weekly quizzes.
D. Written concert reports.
E. Midterm and final exams.
Method(s) of Instruction
A. Lecture in the form of 10 online modules.
B. Discussion both in person, and in online discussion forums.
C. Listening assignments of representative works from 1920-1970.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Online text materials provided by the instructor.
Straubhaar, Joseph, Robert LaRose, and Lucinda Davenport. Media Now: Understanding Media, Culture and Technology. 10th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2017.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Write a review of a concert DVD taking into consideration the era in which the event took place, and the state of media interaction at the time.
B. Read an article from a music trade magazine, and write a review of the article focusing on the media "spin" it contains.
C. View a film that contains a substantial amount of music, and write a paper discussing the impact of the music on the overall cinematic content.