Cal Poly SLO - Department of Music
Course Information - Music 324 (History of Film Music) – Spring 2014
Office: 132 Davidson Music Center
Office Hours: Tues 11-12; Wed 1-3; Thurs 12-1; other times by appointment—just ask!
Course Description: Music 324: History of Film is a G.E. C.4 (WRITING INTENSIVE) survey
course for all upper-division students that examines the history and
masterworks of music for films, beginning with the birth of the genre and
continuing to the present day. (For the C.4 Learning Objectives, please see http://ge.calpoly.edu/content/learning-objectives-and-criteria#arts%20and%20humanities.)
Special focus will be given to developing an analytic vocabulary for musical
elements, music's function within films, and for technologies of linking music
to films. The course consists of lecture/discussions, guided & independent
listening/film-viewing, written assignments, and periodic examinations. It is
NOT necessary to read music in this class—but it is essential to come to
class and to do the reading assignments to earn a good grade.
The Textbook is Roger Hickman's Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years of Film Music, W. W. Norton, 2006. Please bring your book with you every day, and please do your reading before each class.
The Course Reader, which will be found in PolyLearn AND at the course website: http://cla.calpoly.edu/~amclamor/324Film/index.html (the password will be distributed in class).
Please PRINT OUT and BRING the reader with you to class EVERY day. It contains guidelines for the assignments, a glossary, helpful tips, and many other wonderful and exciting things.
You will be given loaner cds from the Music Department of our Composite Recordings, to be returned at the end of the quarter. Set up regular listening times in your weekly schedule, and listen often! The individual tracks of the Recordings are listed in the Course Reader.
Prerequisites: completion of Area A and a foundation course in Area C.
Course Requirements (Please note: the percentages are calculated using the letter grades earned, not points; “the points don’t matter.” An “A” is calculated as 4.0, an A- is 3.7, a B+ is 3.3, and so forth):
I. Two Midterms (20% each), on Apr. 24 and May 15. You will need an 882 Scantron for each.
II. Two Analysis Assignments. Guidelines and forms are in the course reader.
Viewer Guide Function Analysis is due May 1 (10%)
Featured Film Function & Musical Analysis is due May 22 (20%)
III. A Final, on June 10 (30% of the grade). Again, bring an 882 Scantron form (and return the CDs)
IV. Set Your Alarm. A large portion of the material for which you are responsible will come out of the class lectures. It is impossible for you to 'hear' music and 'see' videos we covered when you review someone else's notes, so regular attendance is essential!
Moreover, you need to be completely present “mentally,” so NO CELL PHONE USE during class; laptops, tablets, etc., should have their wireless access disabled. If you do not wish to comply with this expectation, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS.
NOTE: If you are going to be away from campus for two or more class meetings (attending conferences, etc.), this course is not recommended for you.
V. All course requirements must be completed in order to receive a passing grade; all assignments should be completed independently. This includes developing the cue-sheets for each paper, bibliographic citations, etc. In short: DON’T SHARE YOUR WORK!! (Please see the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities website for Cal Poly’s guidelines concerning Academic Dishonesty: http://www.osrr.calpoly.edu/)
Music 324 - History of Film Music - Course Outline – Spring 2014
Week 1 Apr 1 Tues. The Tools of Music Ch. 3; Reader pp. 7, 16-19, 24
Apr 3 Thurs. The Tools of Music Ch. 1, 2
Week 2 Apr 8 Tues. Functions of Film Scoring Ch. 4; Reader p. 14
Apr 10 Thurs. Functions of Film Scoring Reader pp. 22
Week 3 Apr 15 Tues. Functions of Film Scoring
Apr 17 Thurs. Functions of Film Scoring; Sample Quiz (ungraded) Reader pp. 15-19, 21
Week 4 Apr 22 Tues. Functions of Film Scoring
Apr 24 Thurs. Exam I
Week 5 Apr 29 Tues. Film / Film Music Operations Reader p. 25
May 1 Thurs. Film / Film Music Operations; "Silent" Films; Viewer Guide Ch. 5-8
Function Analysis Due
Week 6 May 6 Tues. "Silent" Films; Birth of Talkies Ch. 9; Reader pp. 15-16, 20, 26-28
May 8 Thurs. Talkies; Rise of the Symphonic Film Score Ch. 10, 11
Week 7 May 13 Tues. Symphonic Film Scores and the International Film World
May 15 Thurs. Exam II
Week 8 May 20 Tues. "1939" Ch. 12; Reader p. 29
May 22 Thurs. The Golden Age; Featured Film Analysis due Ch. 13; Reader p. 21
Week 9 May 27 Tues. [No Class Meeting – Monday Schedule on Tuesday]
May 29 Thurs. Styles and Genres: Film Noir Ch. 15, 17, 18, 21
Week 10 June 3 Tues. Styles and Genres: Thriller/Suspense/Horror Ch. 22, 25, 29, 30
June 5 Thurs. Styles and Genres: Western Ch. 31, 32, 34; Reader p. 30
Finals June 10 Tues. Final – 10:10 AM - 1:00 PM (Please bring back your Loaner CDs)