Academic Catalog


Course Code: 6510241
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-1)
ECTS Credit: 5.0
Department: Music And Fine Arts
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator:
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Content

The adoption, in the 4th century A.D., of Christianity, a celestial religion coming from the Eastern Mediterranean and based on the Jewish liturgy, as an official doctrine in the Greco-Roman world where a specific urban culture had already set its roots, provoked ideological clashes that were going to last throughout the next millennium and beyond. The church authorities, emulating the ban on music in Wudaism s liturgy the ban on music in Judaism s liturgical practices, strived, in vain, to ban or restrict music from their activities, or at least, to strictly define the acceptable types of music so that others could be kept out. Nevertheless, under strong pressure from the congregations a series of social changes were implemented to incorporate music within the Christian ideology. Starting from the l5th century, a new social structure where a more liberal Christian tradition, proper to Europe, tolerating and even supporting a wide variety of musical tastes, appeared. Music examples from Medieval and Renaissance Europe will be presented and analyzed from both musical and social viewpoints. Students are required to conduct research and make class presentations. Grading is based on class presentations and a term paper.