21M.250 | Spring 2014 | Undergraduate

Beethoven to Mahler

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Course Overview

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 Outcomes

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.

Curriculum Information


21M.301 Harmony and Counterpoint I or permission of instructor. Basic score-reading ability is recommended.

Requirements Satisfied

This is a HASS-A course.


Every spring semester.


The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 15% Exam 1
  • 15% Exam 2
  • 30% Concert reports (10% each)
  • 30% Listening guides (2-3, 10-15% each)
  • 10% Participation

Student Information


16 students

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.

How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:

In Class

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.

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2014
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Notes
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