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The University  of  Iowa College  of  Liberal  Arts  and  Sciences School  of  Music Introduction  to  Film  Music Spring  2012 Course  Number:  025:066/MUS:1066 Class  Meetings:  9:30-­‐10:45  Tu/Th Location:  UCC  Recital  Hall Instructor:            


Teaching Assistant:                

Dr. Jonathan  Allen jonathan-­‐ ofOice:  319.335.1655 Jessica  Ducharme jessica-­‐ ofOice:  319.XXX.XXXX

Required Materials: Hickman,  Roger.  Reel  Music:  Exploring  100  Years  of  Film  Music.  New  York:  W.W.  Norton,  2005. Course  Objectives: This  course  will  familiarize  students  with  the  major  styles  and  composers  of  Oilm  music  from  the  early   twentieth  century  to  the  present.  Through  a  focus  on  case  studies,  students  will  gain  an  understanding  of  the   different  roles  music  can  play  in  cinema.  Several  brief  response  papers  will  give  students  opportunities  to   employ  critical  thinking  and  listening  skills  to  the  analysis  of  particular  Oilms  or  key  scenes. Grading  Breakdown: Exams  (3)  -­‐  Exams  will  include  a  combination  of  listening  and/or  viewing  questions,  multiple  choice   questions,  and  short  answer  questions.     Exam  1  -­‐  20%     Exam  2  -­‐  20%     Exam  3  -­‐  20%   Response  Papers  (3)  -­‐  Response  Papers  will  be  two  to  three  pages  in  length  and  will  ask  students  to  engage   critically  with  a  Oilm  or  selected  scenes.  SpeciOic  assignments  will  be  handed  out  in  class.     Assignment  1:  Discussion  Questions  -­‐  10%     Assignment  2:  Essay  1  -­‐  15%     Assignment  3:  Essay  2  -­‐  15% Attendance  Policy  -­‐  You  are  allowed  one  unexcused  absence  from  lecture.  For  each    additional  unexcused   absence,  your  Oinal  grade  will  be  lowered  by  one  point. Class  Schedule: UNIT  1:  Exploring  Film  and  Music Week  1:     January  24  

Syllabus; Introduction  to  course.



Chapter 1  -­‐  Wagner’s  Prelude. Chapter  2  -­‐  Drama  and  Film.

January 26                      

Week 2:   January  31        


Chapter 3  -­‐  Elements  of  Music. Chapter  4  -­‐  Listening  to  Film  Music.



Chapter 5  -­‐    Birth  of  an  Art  Form,  1895-­‐1907. Chapter  6  -­‐  The  Foundations  of  Modern  Film,  1897-­‐1919.

February 2      

UNIT 2:  The  Silent  Film  Era  -­‐  1895-­‐1928 Week  3:   February  7        


Chapter 7  -­‐  CASE  STUDY:  Birth  of  a  Nation. Writing  Assignment  #1  (Discussion  Questions)  Due.



Chapter 8  -­‐  The  Golden  Age  of  Silent  Film,  1920-­‐1928. Chapter  9  -­‐  The  Transition  to  Sound,  1926-­‐1928.

February 9      

UNIT 3:  The  Sound  Era  Begins  -­‐  1928-­‐1944 Week  4:     February  14              


Chapter 10  -­‐  The  Early  Years  of  Sound,  1928-­‐1933 Chapter  11  -­‐  Entering  a  New  Golden  Age,  1934-­‐1938.



Chapter 12  -­‐  Hollywood’s  Greatest  Year:  1939.   Chapter  13  -­‐  Modern  Voices,  1936-­‐1944.


Chapter 14  -­‐  CASE  STUDY:  Casablanca Writing  Assignment  #2  (Essay  1)  Due


February 16      

Week 5:     February  21             February  23  

UNIT 4:  Entering  a  Cold  War  -­‐  1944-­‐1959 Week  6:     February  28        


Chapter 15  -­‐  Postwar  Trends,  1944-­‐1949. Chapter  16  -­‐  Country,  Rock,  and  All  That  Jazz,  1950-­‐1956.


March 1        


Chapter 17  -­‐  Expanding  Modern  Styles,  1950-­‐1956. Chapter  18  -­‐  Close  of  the  Decade,  1956-­‐1959.

Week 7   March  6    

Chapter 19  -­‐  CASE  STUDY:  Scenes  from  Ben-­‐Hur

UNIT 5:  A  New  American  Cinema  -­‐  1960-­‐1976  

March 8    

Chapter 20  -­‐  CASE  STUDY:  Scenes  from  Psycho

March 13,  15  


Chapter 21  -­‐  Declining  Traditions,  1960-­‐1967.

Week 8  

Week 9   March  20  

Chapter 22  -­‐  The  Emerging  New  Era,  1960-­‐1967.

March 22      


Chapter 23  -­‐  Crisis  Years,  1968-­‐1972. Chapter  24  -­‐  The  Postwar  Years,  1973-­‐1976.  

Week 10   March  27  


UNIT 6:  The  Classic  Revival,  1977-­‐1988    

March 29      


Chapter 25  -­‐  Star  Wars  and  Postmodernism,     1977-­‐1984.

Week 11   April  3    

Chapter 26  -­‐  CASE  STUDY:  E.T.  the  Extra-­‐Terrestrial.

E.T. the  Extra-­‐Terrestrial  continued.


Chapter 27  -­‐  In  the  Shadow  of  Star  Wars,  1977-­‐1984. Chapter  28  -­‐  Settings  Far  and  Near,  1982-­‐1988.

Chapter 29  -­‐  New  Box-­‐OfOice  Kings,  1984-­‐1988.

April 5    

Week 12   April  10                 April  12    

UNIT 7:  Fin  de  Siècle  and  the  New  Millennium,  1989-­‐2004   Week  13   April  17    

Chapter 30  -­‐  Symphonic  Scores,  1989-­‐1996.


April 19        


Chapter 31  -­‐  Popular  Music,  Animation,  and  Realism,     1989-­‐1996.

Week 14   April  24          


Chapter 32  -­‐  The  Sinking  Titanic,  1997-­‐2000. Writing  Assignment  #3  Due  (Essay  #2)

April 26    

Chapter 33  -­‐  CASE  STUDY:  The  Red  Violin

Week 15   May  1    

The Red  Violin  -­‐  continued.



Chapter 34  -­‐  The  New  Millennium,  2001-­‐2004. Final  exam  review.

Exam 3  to  be  held  during  Final  Exam  time

May 3        

Week 16  


Administrative Home   The  College  of  Liberal  Arts  and  Sciences  is  the  administrative  home  of  this  course  and  governs  matters  such   as  the  add/drop  deadlines,  the  second-­‐grade-­‐only  option,  and  other  related  issues.  Different  colleges  may   have  different  policies.  Questions  may  be  addressed  to  120  Schaeffer  Hall,  or  see  the  CLAS  Student  Academic   Handbook. Electronic  Communication   University  policy  speciOies  that  students  are  responsible  for  all  ofOicial  correspondences  sent  to  their   University  of  Iowa  e-­‐mail  address  (  Faculty  and  students  should  use  this  account  for   correspondences.  (Operations  Manual,  III.15.2.  Scroll  down  to  k.11.) Accommodations  for  Disabilities A  student  seeking  academic  accommodations  should  Oirst  register  with  Student  Disability  Services  and  then   meet  privately  with  the  course  instructor  to  make  particular  arrangements.  See  for   more  information. Academic  Honesty The  College  of  Liberal  Arts  and  Sciences  expects  all  students  to  do  their  own  work,  as  stated  in  the  CLAS  Code   of  Academic  Honesty.  Instructors  fail  any  assignment  that  shows  evidence  of  plagiarism  or  other  forms  of   cheating,  also  reporting  the  student's  name  to  the  College.  A  student  reported  to  the  College  for  cheating  is   placed  on  disciplinary  probation;  a  student  reported  twice  is  suspended  or  expelled. CLAS  Final  Examination  Policies Final  exams  may  be  offered  only  during  Oinals  week.  No  exams  of  any  kind  are  allowed  during  the  last  week  of   classes.  Students  should  not  ask  their  instructor  to  reschedule  a  Oinal  exam  since  the  College  does  not  permit   rescheduling  of  a  Oinal  exam  once  the  semester  has  begun.  Questions  should  be  addressed  to  the  Associate   Dean  for  Undergraduate  Programs  and  Curriculum. Making  a  Suggestion  or  a  Complaint Students  with  a  suggestion  or  complaint  should  Oirst  visit  the  instructor,  then  the  course  supervisor,  and  then   the  departmental  DEO.  Complaints  must  be  made  within  six  months  of  the  incident.  See  the  CLAS  Student   Academic  Handbook. Understanding  Sexual  Harassment Sexual  harassment  subverts  the  mission  of  the  University  and  threatens  the  well-­‐being  of  students,  faculty,   and  staff.  All  members  of  the  UI  community  have  a  responsibility  to  uphold  this  mission  and  to  contribute  to  a   safe  environment  that  enhances  learning.  Incidents  of  sexual  harassment  should  be  reported  immediately.   See  the  UI  Comprehensive  Guide  on  Sexual  Harassment  for  assistance,  deOinitions,  and  the  full  University   policy. Reacting  Safely  to  Severe  Weather In  severe  weather,  class  members  should  seek  appropriate  shelter  immediately,  leaving  the  classroom  if   necessary.  The  class  will  continue  if  possible  when  the  event  is  over.  For  more  information  on  Hawk  Alert  and   the  siren  warning  system,  visit  the  Public  Safety  web  site. *These  CLAS  policy  and  procedural  statements  have  been  summarized  from  the  web  pages  of  the  College  of   Liberal  Arts  and  Sciences  and  The  University  of  Iowa  Operations  Manual.

Film Music Syllabus  

This is my syllabus for the film music class to be taught in the spring of 2012.

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