OpenBUCS Free Music 1030 Course

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Introduction to Music (MUSC 1030)


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Introduction to Music: Free ETSU Online Course

An introduction to the development of music, with an emphasis on art music of the Western hemisphere. Topics include:

  • elements of music
  • instruments and ensembles
  • form
  • styles and periods, including major composers and works.
  • learning is encouraged through listening to and writing about music
  • concert attendance outside class is required

Download the Course Syllabus

What do I get out of this open course?

  • develop music literacy through listening to, thinking about and writing about music and through study of the elements and history of music
  • encouragement to pursue lifelong learning in music through concert attendance and personal listening
  • develop skills in using the Internet as a resource
  • students may pursue the optional path to college credit and receive transferable college credit that counts toward a degree

Course Structure

The course is laid out in seven modules, each of which includes several video lectures, a self-grading quiz, and suggested activities for
further study. Most modules also include links to biographies of composers discussed in the videos and to relevant material that
supports the music you will be listening to. The videos often have links to YouTube videos, but are also accessible through the instructor's playlist.

Module 1: Course Introduction; Beat; Rhythm; Melody; Harmony; Tonality; Tempo; Dynamics; Articulations
Module 2: Texture; Form; Instruments and Ensembles; Overview of style periods
Module 3: Genres; Music before the Baroque
Module 4: The Baroque Period
Module 5: The Classical Period
Module 6: The Romantic Period I
Module 7: The Romantic Period II
Module 8: The Modern Period


Open Course Instructor Information:

Mary Dave Blackman, Ph.D. , Course Instructor
Department of Music | East Tennessee State University

Dr. Mary Dave Blackman has been on the music faculty at East Tennessee State University since 1997, when she came here to serve as chair of the department. Since 2006, she has been back in the classroom, teaching elementary music methods and introduction to music (online and "live"). She is also the online liaison for the College of Arts & Sciences, providing support for faculty and departments offering online courses and programs. Additionally, Dr. Blackman directs Buccaneer Brass, the basketball pep band. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas, she is currently editor of Tennessee Musician, the state journal for music educators. She is also the author of An Introduction to Art Music, an eBook published by Kendall-Hunt.

Aaron Owens, M.A., Course Coordinator
Office of e-Learning | East Tennessee State University

Aaron Owens is a recent 2013 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he completed a Masters of Art in history with a concentration in American history with minor in world history. Prior to entering the history graduate program, he began his educational career at Southwest Virginia Community College double majoring in Liberal Arts and General Studies. Aaron graduated in 2008 with honors while serving in the Foreign Language Club, SVCC Club Board, and Phi Theta Kappa. He also won several awards at Southwest including Who's Who among Junior College Students and Outstanding Leadership. Aaron entered East Tennessee State University's honors-in-discipline program in 2008, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in history. He graduated in 2010, upon completing an undergraduate thesis, "Early Supreme Court Cases and their Effect on the 1961 Freedom Rides." In 2011, Aaron Owens returned to pursue a Masters of Arts. In the last two years he was published in Now & Then magazine, inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, served as Secretary/Treasurer of Phi Alpha Theta, and competed his Master's thesis entitled, "The Price of a Woolworth's Burger": The Importance and Overshadowing of the Nashville Sit-ins.