A quotation ascribed to Marcus Garvey claims that “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Music students depend on study in music history to help them learn and interpret new pieces they are assigned in their lessons and in ensembles; they study history to hear how other composers created and organized pitches and rhythm; they study history because it a sure way to find beautiful music from the past and to enrich their lives. David C. McCullough said that “History is who we are and why we are the way we are” and since studying music history is so important, history is at the core of the Music.
MUS 361: Music History, Ancient through Baroque
MUS 362: Music History, Classical through Modern
In addition to the courses listed above that are required for the Music Major, various other elective courses in music history are offered regularly, such as:
MUS 280: Masterpieces of Choral Music
MUS 363: American Music
MUS 364: Music History: 20th Century
MUS 372: Survey of Jews and Music