This page focuses on the course 21M.250 Beethoven to Mahler as it was taught by Professor Teresa Neff in Spring 2014.
Students studied the music of the late eighteenth through the late nineteenth centuries in terms of context, style, and form.
Course Goals for Students
Students should be able to identify, describe, and compare audio musical examples, musical forms, and explain the significance of particular pieces.
21M.301 Harmony and Counterpoint I or permission of instructor. Basic score-reading ability is recommended.
This is a HASS-A course.
Every spring semester.
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
(2-3, 10-15% each)
Breakdown by Year
Primarily undergraduate students.
Breakdown by Major
¼ of students in the class were music majors; some students were minors and concentrators.
Typical Student Background
Almost all the students in the class had studied a musical instrument previously. All students took or were taking other MIT music classes, and over half of the class played or were playing in an MIT performance ensemble.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Met 2 times per week for 90 minutes per session; mandatory attendance.
Out of Class
Reading assignments, listening assignments, score study, and written assignments. Occasional attendance at live music performances.