Music Appreciation Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUSI-1306-004 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)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


The following course materials are used in this curriculum:

The Enjoyment of Music, 13e, by Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney INCLUDING Total Access code for online access of all listening and supplemental materials 

Each student is expected to have his/her own paperback or digital e-book copy of The Enjoyment of Music, 13e, by Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney AND a new TOTAL ACCESS code for online listening and supplemental content.  The TOTAL ACCESS code is included with a new purchase of textbook or e-book.  If you purchase or rent a previously used book, you will have to purchase an additional new TOTAL ACCESS code from the bookstore.

Please note: An e-book is INCLUDED in the purchase of the TOTAL ACCESS code.  If you do not prefer a physical copy of the textbook, the TOTAL ACCESS/Ebook is the most economical way to get all materials needed for this course.

The materials are available at the Amarillo College bookstore


  • access to text and listening materials outlined above
  • reliable and consistent access to ACOnline

Student Performance

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  1. Identify musical works and elements in a variety of styles.
  2. Analyze the elements and structures of music using appropriate terminology.
  3. Critically evaluate the influence of social, political, technological, and/or cultural ideas on music.
  4. Articulate the significance of music as an art form within historical, cultural and social contexts.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Online communication is should always be curteous in tone.  Profanity and/or targeted negative personal comments will not be tolerated.

Grading Criteria

Grades will be weighted as follows:

  • Module Tests = 30%
  • Discussions, and Assignments = 35%
  • Listening Journal = 10%
  • Concert Reaction Papers = 15%
  • Final Project = 10%

Grade scale is as follows:

  • A = 90-100
  • B = 80-89
  • C= 70-79
  • D = 60-69
  • F = -59

All assignments are available and open for students to complete for a time period of no less than three days to allow ample time for submission of materials.  Students are accountable for planning their time wisely and submitting work well before deadlines to avoid last-minute technical or human complications.  Course deadlines will NOT be extended.


Students are expected to spend approximately 3-5 hours per day (8-week and summer terms) or 1-2 hours per day (15-week semester) logged into the course. The entire course, including tests, takes place on the web.


  • Module 1:  Prelude
  • Module 2:  Materials of Music, Chapters Prelude 1, 1-13
  • Module 3:  The Middle Ages and Renaissance, Chapters Prelude 2, 14-20
  • Module 4:  The Baroque Era, Chapters Prelude 3, 21-28
  • Module 5:  Eighteenth Century Classicism, Chapters Prelude 4, 29-36
  • Module 6:  The Nineteenth Century, Chapters Prelude 5, 37-51
  • Module 7: Twentieth Century Modernism, Chapters Prelude 6, 52-61
  • Module 8:  Postmodernism: The Twentieth Century and Beyond, Chapters Prelude 7, 62-70
  • Module 9:  Course Postlude

Additional Information

After a student has enrolled and the class has started, comments and questions about assignments, due dates, etc. relating to the course should be directed to the instructor through the "Student-Instructor Communication" link within the online course - this will be used instead of direct student to instructor email. No other communication methods will be accepted.

Syllabus Created on:

10/21/21 9:17 PM

Last Edited on:

10/21/21 9:17 PM