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MUSC 118 - History of Music in Film

5 CR

Presents a comprehensive survey of the history of film music from the genre’s precursory influences to the present day. Topics include: historically significant film composers from the Hollywood and international scenes, genre specific film scoring trends and compositional techniques, and an overview of the film music business.

Recommended: College level reading and writing skills. Past experience performing or composing music is helpful but not necessary.
Course Outcomes
  • Summarize the history of music in film from the silent era to the present day through written papers, examination, and class discussion.
  • Recognize and define terminology associated with the film music profession as well as the techniques involved in the creation of film music.
  • Recognize and describe the characteristics and developments that define each sub-genre of film and its accompanying music.
  • Employ methods for synthesizing, analyzing and describing the visual and aural combination inherent in film within written assignments and class discussions.
  • Aurally identify the various styles of film music and the music of important film composers.
  • Define and apply the six elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, style and structure) to a written or oral analysis of film music.

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