D. Kern Holoman Returns to Teach Mus 10 in New Recital Hall

UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emeritus D. Kern Holoman returns to the classroom this fall to teach his Music 10: Introduction to Musical Literature. And now it will be offered in the recital hall of the soon-to-open Ann E. Pitzer Center.  

The course is an overview of the masterworks of western music including works by Beethoven, Berlioz, and Stravinsky. Through lectures, readings, and directed listening assignments, Holoman’s course is designed to develop the student’s perception of milestones which have formed the foundation of distinctive musical periods. From the riot instigated at the world premiere of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” to Ragtime to proper concert etiquette, the course offers Holoman’s unique insights into the world of music.   

“Since the beginning of a General Studies Education curriculum at UC Davis, Mus 10 has been an anchor course, year in and year out,” Holoman said. “I like to think of it as eye-opening–for some, life-changing–and it’s always been my favorite. I’m delighted to return to the class as we open the next chapter: the Ann E. Pitzer Center, conceived from the beginning as Mus 10’s new home.”

Since it was first offered over 30 years ago, more than 5000 students have taken the wildly popular Mus 10 as it is affectionately known.

Holoman, famous for his engaging classes on music history, is the author of the course’s textbook, Masterworks, A Musical Discovery, which is provided free online. Class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 to 9:50 a.m.

D. Kern Holoman is author of the first Catalogue of the Works of Hector Berlioz (Bärenreiter, 1987), the style guide Writing About Music (University of California Press, 1988; 3rd ed., 2014), and The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012). Holoman is conductor emeritus of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, which he led for more than three decades. Holoman, who joined UC Davis in 1973, has received Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award and the UC Davis Prize before retiring from the university in 2013.

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