Intensive Beinning German through Musical Journeys in Vienna
- Ingrid Zeller - 847.491.8290 - 2-530 Kresge Hall
- Kresge Centennial Hall 2-435 - MoWeFr 3:00PM - 3:50PM
Overview of classGenerally describe the class here. Include assignment and project information, if desired.
This course is offered jointly by the German Department of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and by the Department of Music Studies of the Bienen School of Music.
The fascinating musical and cultural history of Vienna serves as the basis for a course that combines intensive instruction in German with a survey of the musical history of the city. This 2-unit course thus provides musically interested students with the opportunity to acquire German language skills in an interdisciplinary context, and provides students of German with a grounding in the culture of perhaps the most important European center of music.
The goals of the course include the development of speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in German, the acquisition of a basic general and musical vocabulary, and a foundation in grammar within the context of a historical survey of musical culture in Vienna. Activities will draw on the lives and works of composers between 1750 and 1950, including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauß, and Berg, with special emphasis on German texts as opposed to sacred works in Latin or comic operas in Italian. Besides discussing excerpts from musical works such as Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, Lulu, and songs by Schubert, we will read short biographies, letters, poetry and prose, watch relevant films and videos, study paintings and maps of Vienna, and learn about important institutions and historical events relating to the city.
The German component of the course will be offered thrice weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) in 50-minute sessions; in format it will follow the usual pattern for introductory language courses. The Music History component will be given twice a week (Tuesday, Thursday) in 80-minute sessions following a lecture format.
Registration RequirementsThe course is offered at the undergraduate level. Students are strongly urged to enroll in this class, German 115, as well as Musicology 335 with Jesse Rosenberg.
Learning ObjectivesThe primary course objective of the two combined components is that students will acquire familiarity with music history in the context of a language course and to develop German language skills in the context of a focused music history course and thereby gain specific skills.
Specifically, in the German component, the course objectives are:
1) Develop basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in German.
2) Acquire a basic vocabulary in order to discuss biographical information, daily and free time activities, descriptions, historical dates, traveling, music, and to express opinions.
3) Master basic grammatical structures including all cases and major tenses.
4) Develop an understanding of the musical history of Vienna.
Specifically, in the Musicology component, the course objectives are:
1) Acquire familiarity with significant figures, institutions, styles, and characteristics of the history of music in Vienna from 1750 to the present.
2) Express observations and reactions to the reading material and recorded performances in writing and class discussions.
3) Acquire basic vocabulary in English and German for terms related to subject matter.
4) Be able to write guided concert reports.
Teaching MethodClass participationDemonstrationsDiscussionField tripsFilms / videosGroup workIndependent studyLectureListening exercisesObservationOnline workOther: See below
PresentationsReadingsSimulation / role-playWriting assignmentsThe culminating event of this course is a "Musikabend" (musical evening) consisting of musical performances and German-language skits by students relating to the history of music in Vienna; all students are expected to participate in the Musikabend, which will therefore call for preparation during the weeks leading up to the event. In addition, attendance is required at two cultural events featuring programs relevant to the course.
Evaluation MethodAttendanceClass participationDiscussion sectionExam, finalExam, mid-termExamsField tripsFilms / videosGroup projectGroup workListening exercisesOnline workPaper, finalPaper, mid-termPapersQuizzesReadingsSimulation / role-playWriting assignmentsEVALUATION FOR GERMAN:
1. Attendance and participation (15 %)
2. 3 vocabulary quizzes (3 x 3% = 9 %)
3. 3 quizzes on grammar in context (bi-weekly: 3 x 9 % = 27 %)
4. 3 written assignments (3 x 4% = 12 %)
5. Mixed homework assignments (10 %)
6. Project at end of course including a class performance or presentation (27 %, grade to be coordinated by two instructors)*
EVALUATION FOR MUSIC HISTORY
1. Attendance and participation (15%)
2. 4 written assignments (3-4 pp.) (4 x 15% = 60%)
3. 1 concert report (15%)
4. Project at end of course including some type of performance or presentation (15%, grade to be coordinated by two instructors)*
*The cumulative project involving students' participation in a performance and presentation at the end of the course is a significant means for assessment in both components for the course. It makes up a larger part of the grade in German, since linguistic skills are assessed in addition to cultural and musical understanding, creativity, and competence.
Class Materials (Required)1. Many materials, including all the materials for the musicology component of the course, will be posted on our Course Management (Blackboard) Site: German 115/Musicology 335: Intensive Beginning German through Musical Journeys in Vienna. Please check the site and download materials as needed.
2. Course Packet: Intensive Beginning German through Musical Journeys in Vienna. Collected and edited by Ingrid Zeller. Evanston: Quartet Copies, Spring 2012. The reader will be available at Quartet Copies after the first week of classes.
3. Please bring a folder or ring binder to class to organize your handouts.
Class Materials (Suggested)1. Textbook: Kontakte, 6th ed. by Terrell, et. al. (McGraw-Hill, 2009). This book is used by the yearlong 101 program at Northwestern University. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-353533-3
2. Lab manual and exercise workbook: Kontakte: Arbeitsbuch, 6th ed. ISBN: 0073355151
3. English Grammar for Students of German by Zorach & Melin, 4th ed. ISBN-13 9780934034319; ISBN: 0934034311
4. German for Musicians by Josephine Barber. (Indiana University Press, 1985) ISBN: 978-0-253-21260-3
5. German for Reading Knowledge, 6th edition by Hubert Jannach and Richard Alan Korb. (Thomson and Heinle, 2008) ISBN-10: 1413033490 ISBN-13: 978-1413033496
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