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Western Music: Napoleon to 9/11

MUSC 102/3.0

The history of Western art music from 1750 to the present. The course focuses on musical styles, genres, and composers, as well as historical and social contextual considerations. NOTE: Students registered in a MUSC Plan should not register in this course.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of MUSC 102, students will be able to:

  • recognize and define musical concepts and elements in Western music;
  • compare and contrast musical elements and intentions;
  • identify persons, events, and themes critical to the development of Western music;
  • describe the aesthetic interrelationships between the arts (music, art, architecture, dance); and
  • articulate the social, cultural, and historical influences that shaped the musical genres covered in the course.


The Baroque and Classical Styles

  • Renaissance and Baroque Aesthetics
  • Mozart and Haydn

The Nineteenth-Century

  • Beethoven
  • Conservative Romanticism
  • High Romanticism

The Twentieth-Century

  • Modernism
  • The Avant-garde
  • The Rise of Jazz and Rock
  • Minimalism and Ambience

The Twenty-First-Century

  • New Genres for Music: Film Soundtracks and Video Games
  • The Digital Age


This course will focus on some of the more prominent genres, styles, and composers of Western art music (also know as “classical music”) and to articulate the ways in which music has interacted both with the other arts, such as drama and literature, and with society. The overall theme of the course is expressed in the title: Western Music: Napoleon to 9/11. While it is indeed Western music that will be our focus, the parameters in the title are defined not by musical styles or composers names (such as “Baroque to Modern” or even “Beethoven to Reich” or something similar) but by larger social events: Napoleon and 9/11. This is because one of our primary concerns will be the way in music impacts and is impacted by the social and political world in which music making takes place. By the end of this course you will have examined forty pieces of music and you will be able to articulate and discuss the ways in which, for example, Beethoven’s music owed as much to Napoleon and his impact on society as it did to Beethoven’s own musical aesthetic.

This is an online course that encourages your participation in your learning. You will be doing group work, working on the weekly readings, participating in online discussions, and developing a musical vocabulary with which to discuss the music as we move chronologically from the eighteenth-century to the present day.


Winter 2019
Course Dates: 
Jan. 7 - Apr. 5, 2019
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 11-27, 2019


Quizzes (5)20%
E-portfolio assignment20%
Forum Discussions (2)10%
Group music analysis20%
Synchronous sessions (10 out of 12)10%
Final online exam20%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University.  The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre.  Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Graham Freeman (gwf@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9-10 hours a week (108-120 hours per term) in study/reading and online activity for MUSC 102.

Course Resources


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About OnQ

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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.