Music Appreciation Syllabus for 2023-2024
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MUSI-1306-002 Music Appreciation


Course Description

Understanding music through the study of cultural periods, major composers, and musical elements.  Illustrated with audio recordings and live performances. (Does not apply to a music major degree.)

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Online Course

Syllabus Information


Jean Ferris, America's musical Landscape, (8th ed) 


Text, CD's, notebook, pencil,

Student Performance

1. Understand concepts, terminology and ability to describe music using the elements of music.

2. Demonstrate a chronological overview of American Musical styles, including tribal cultures, immigrant groups, unique folk and demographical cultures, and 20th century popular genres. Complete chapter exam for each topic.

3. Write a descriptive report from specific listening excerpts to include A) musical description in regards to the elements of music, B) non-musical description to include title, composer / songwriter, genre / style, historical placement and significance, C) issues selected from musical purpose, cultural, historic influence, or viewpoint from musical critics.

4. Answer specified discussion questions for each topic, and participate in class discussions.

This course will be delivered in 3 Modules which each contain 2 Parts. Module One will include Part 1 and Part 2; Module Two contains Part 3 and Part 4; Module Three contains Part 5 and Part 6. Each Part has a consistent format that incudes the following assignments; 2 discussions, 1 listening report from the CD set, one quiz from the text material. In addition Modules 2 and 3 each have 1 Live Listening Report which must be completed from attending a live music event this semester, not from recordings.

Module One  (9 assignments)

     Part 1:   2 discussions, 1 listening report from the CD set, one quiz from the text 

     Part 2:   2 discussions, 1 listening report from the CD set, one quiz from the text 

     Module One Live Listening Report


All Due Dates are listed below.

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Expected Student Behavior

Disruptive and / or disrespectful behavior toward any person or ethnic group will not be tolerated, and will result in a failing grade. The instructor has the right to remove anyone from the classroom.

Grading Criteria

Quizzes = 40 %

Listening Assignments= 25 %

Discussions = 20 %

Live Music Report = 15 %


Attendance and completion of assignments is mandatory. This course will be delivered in 3 teaching modules, each containing 2 parts to correspond with the text. 






May 22


Begin with the Course Orientation

June 4

Module One Due

Assignments include Part One and Part Two Discussion Topics, Listening Assignments, and Exams

June 18

Module Two Due

Assignments include Part Three and Part Four Discussion Topics, Listening Assignments, One Live Music Report, and Exams

June 29

Module Three Due

Assignments include Part Five and Part Six Discussion Topics, Listening Assignments, and Exams

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/11/15 4:20 PM

Last Edited on:

05/09/23 5:03 PM