Introduction to Armenian Music – Part 1
|Winter 2018||December 1 (Friday) - December 17 (Sunday) 2017||January 8 (Monday) - March 13 (Tuesday)|
|Spring 2018||March 16 (Friday) – April 1 (Sunday)||April 16 (Monday) – June 19 (Tuesday)|
|Summer 2018||June 15 (Friday) – July 1 (Sunday)||July 23 (Monday) – September 25 (Tuesday)|
|Fall 2018||September 14 (Friday) - September 30 (Sunday)||October 15 (Monday) – December 18 (Tuesday)|
|Audio – visual and text based resources||1 - 2 hours|
|Discussions, individual and collaborative activities||2 - 3 hours|
|Quizzes, assignments, summative activities||1 - 2 hours|
|Expected commitment per week||4 – 7 hours|
The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the history of Armenian music and present the main components and features of the music culture. The lessons are divided into two major parts: monodic music and composing art. Students will be familiarized with three main sub-branches of monodic music: folk music or works of musical folklore, works of Armenian professional folk music known as “gusan” and “asugh” of Medieval Armenia. The musical poetic art of Medieval Armenia is known in our times as religious or spiritual music.
The course has been designed to be accessible to a wider audience.
No hardcopy texts are required. Selected online resources will be included as a part of the lessons. Students are required to read/listen/view all material and complete all assignments.
The online resources are drawn from the publicly available specialized literature, academic curricula, studies of Armenian and foreign authors, multilingual works and publications.
Upon completion of the course, students will have familiarity with one of the components of Armenian culture, namely the music. Student will have knowledge to correctly classify and describe the main parts of music culture, its emergence, endurance and development.
The electronic resources have been designed for user-friendly access and comprehension by a broad audience. Activities and online discussions are supported by the online instructor to engage students in study and in-depth analysis of the history of Armenian music. Individual and group projects are designed to engage students in research giving them opportunity to collaborate and share the gained information with their peers.
The course lasts for nine weeks, including the orientation week. Each week requires student commitment throughout at least five days.
Students become familiar with the Student Manual, complete the Learning Style questionnaire, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in introductory discussion forum, and identify the time zone in which they are working.
Students will also familiarize and verify the technical compliance to all the communication and learning tools to be used during the course.
|Weeks 1-8||Lessons 1-8 (use of electronic texts and multimedia resources)
Individual and small group activities
|Week 3||Individual project due|
|Week 7||Group project due|
|Week 8||Final Exam|
Students are required to actively participate in on-line discussions, forums and chats, to participate in individual and collaborative activities, and to meet deadlines for assignments.
Students are required to be familiar and comply with Academic policy of AVC.
Individual Project Description: Every student is required to work on an individual project and submit a project report by the specified date. The project should reflect the material covered and developed throughout the course. Students must consult in advance with the online instructor regarding the topic and content of the project. A student who chooses a project topic early in the course will have a strong advantage as he/she will be able to use the class discussions and other activities in the formulation of their project.
Group Project Description: Group project assignment has a comparative dimension to it. Group project assignment has a comparative dimension to it. Students will study the history of Armenian music; will present values of Armenian music available in their home countries.
Team members will decide together the types of their work format using Word or PowerPoint or other digital media to make reports drawing the parallels between the performed comparisons and studies.
Student performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the term according to the following:
You are expected to complete assignments in a reasonable period of time. This prevents you from getting too far behind in the course and allows the instructor to assign grades in a consistent manner. Late assignments will result in a 10% deduction in the grade for the assignment (if the assignment is submitted a week late from the deadline) unless the student receives prior approval from the instructor. Assignments submitted later than 2 weeks after the assigned deadline are accepted (feedback only) but are not graded. Exceptions to this policy are allowed only in unusual cases.
For enrollment, please complete your enrollment application.
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