Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Education
Lecture Code CC430303 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 西洋音楽史
Subject Name
Subject Name in
History of Western music
トクナガ タカシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Weds5-8:EDU F311
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture using projector and audio-visual sources
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 04 : Arts
Eligible Students
Keywords History, Western music 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Knowledge of Western music history is indispensable for all students of music. Students will be expected to apply and develop the knowledge and comprehension of the various musical aspects acquired through this course in order to broaden horizons of their academic approaches in high level courses.  
Criterion referenced
Music Culture Education
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Basic knowledge of music education in secondary education.
(Professional Skills)
・To acquire practical abilities including instruction, planning, proposal, and presentation abilities concerning life-long education and musical culture. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The objectives of “Western music history” are for students to acquire a firm grounding in Western music history by following the birth, development and transition of various major genres from Middle Ages to today, and to understand features of their styles and techniques. For better understanding and appreciation of the repertory, listening of as many works as possible will be included in the class. By referring to the background concerning general history, culture and thought, this course will also help students obtain a broader comprehension of Western music history.  
Class Schedule 1. Middle Ages: Gregorian chant etc.
2. Renaissance
3. Baroque music(1): First half
4. Baroque music(2): Second half
5. Classical school music(1): First half
6. Classical school music(2): Second half
7. pre-classical school music
8. Romantic music(1): Early stage
9. Romantic music(2): Middle term
10. Romantic music(3): Latter period
11. 20th century music(1): Atonal, Barbarism, Expressionism
12. 20th century music(2): Twelve-tone music, Neo-classicism
13. 20th century music(3): Total-serialism, chance operation, Cluster music
14.Western music in Japan
15. latest trend

Paper test will be performed at the end of this semester. 
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Reference books : Students will be encouraged to refer to various music dictionaries as well as books on Western music history according to their particular interests.  
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(More Details) CD, DVD etc.
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Preparation : Students will be asked to read the textbook in advance. It is strongly recommended that students also read through scores and listen to recording sources of works related to the text.
Review : Students will be expected to review the pages of the textbook already learned, and to expand their understanding through their knowledge of other works of composers referred to in the class.  
Grading Method Grades will be evaluated for the most part on the final examination, combined with attendance and quiz scores.
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it The teacher in charge of this class arranges a variety of music including contemporary music as well as popular music. Taking advantage of this knowledge, the teacher consider the characteristics of Western music from a professional standpoint. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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