Welcome to Diablo Valley College Music Appreciation (Summer 2021), with
Dr. Mark Alburger!
Syllabus is at
We're all online, so the equivalent of two-class-meetings-a-week are playlists on YouTube, posted each Monday through Thursday. Each playlist is 6 c. 15-minute original linked videos... roughly one-and-a-half hours per presentation...
The first Lecture Playlist, for today, June 14, is below the next picture...
Each Monday-through-Thursday will feature a new Playlist, accessed from this current blog-website
dated as above.
The titles of the daily blog entries are rather arbitrary / capricious...
Your class participation will be to take notes on each Playlist (c. 300-500 words) -- handwritten or typed -- as you listen, and send off by 6pm Fridays (in this case, June 18) to email@example.com as attached pdfs or jpgs...
Blank pdf / jpg copies of Quizzes (Worksheets, really) will be group emailed to you every Tuesday and Thursday, with info for same posted on this website just below the corresponding daily Lecture Playlist, and same method of transmission / due date as above. While top of each Quiz should be hand-written (re Music Notation and Basic Information), the bottom (Identification and Descriptions of Featured Composers and Pieces) may be typed... And you can always create your own versions of the Quizzes, rather than using the emailed copies...
Looking forward to our time together over the next 6 weeks!
Dr. Mark Alburger
Diablo Valley College Music
Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1. Outer Space to Inner Sanctums)
The individual videos detailed below...
Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1a. An Outer Space Introduction)
Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction (in Cinema)
Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1b. The Big Bang and Beyond)
The Audio Afterglow of the Big Bang; Vibration / Sound / Rhythm / Pitch / Dynamics / Timbre
(N.B. a significant part of the video, re the physics of music, had to be edited out,
due to a copyright objection -- section will be played on Zoom, 11:30am, Tuesday, June 15.
Additionally, video blocked in Austria and Germany [!],
due to inclusion of South African waves from The Endless Summer[!])
Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1c. Distance and Direction)
Intervals / Scales; Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction (in Performance)
Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1d. Notation and Nuance)
Notation of Pitch and Rhythm; Senegal - Greetings from Podor
Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1e. Speed to Solfege)
Tempo / Three Instrumental Groups; Rodgers - The Sound of Music: Do Re Mi
Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1f. Solfege to Score)
Rodgers - The Sound of Music: Do-Re-Mi; Guido d'Arezzo - Hymn to St. John; Solfege, Accidentals;
Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction (in Score)