Music Literature Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUSI-1307-001 Music Literature


Course Description

A survey of the styles and forms of music as it developed from the middle ages to the present.  This course will familiarize the student with cultural context, terminology, genres, and notation.

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(3 sch; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Kristine Forney, Andrew Dell'Antonio, and Joseph Machlis. The Enjoyment of Music, 13th shorter Edition, W.W. Norton. IBSN: 978-0-393-93637-7

One must purchase an access code for the ebook/online resources from the book store or from the Norton website.

If you buy an used physical book, you will need to purchase a new access code. 


Naxos Database Access


Notebook/Paper for taking notes. 

Students are encouraged to bring your own laptop

Student Performance

  1. Identify the major periods of music history, general style characteristics and genres of each period, and major composers of each period and representative works.
  2. Articulate the relationship between historical developments and events with musical styles and aesthetics.
  3. Gain exposure to the development and influence of world (including non-western) musical styles and traditions.
  4. Critically evaluate musical works using specific terminology and listening skills.

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Expected Student Behavior

a. Students should be on time.

b. Students should come prepared with supplies and assignments. 

c. Cell phones should be silenced and put away No Exceptions! 

d. Students should demonstrate a willingness to learn and participate .

e. Student are encouraged to bring your own laptop.

Grading Criteria

Chapter Review 30%

Listening InQuiztive 30%

Nearpod Powerpoints 20%

2 Concert Reaction: 10%. DUE ON April 15th. Do it on Google Doc, Share with me using my email address, Make me as a commenter.

Group Project and google slides Presentation and Individual Reflection: 10%


Final Grade is based on the following scale:

A= 90-100%

B= 80-89%

C= 70-79%

D= 60-69%

F= Below 60%


Initial five absences without penalty. Afterward each absence will lower your final grade by a letter. 

Three Tardies (within 10 min) will lower your final grade by a letter. 

Covid related absences will be discussed case by case. If you are in quarantine, it is your job to contact the teacher to zoom in.

Perfect Attendance will raise your final grade by a letter. 


1 1/19

Chapter 1-5

2 1/24, 1/26

Chapter 6-12

3 1/31, 2/2

Chapter 14-17 Middle Ages and Renaissance



2/9 No class

Chapter 18-20

5 2/14, 2/16

Chapter 21-28 Baroque

6 2/21, 2/23

Chapter 29-36 Classical

7 2/28, 3/2

Chapter 37-42 Romantic

8 3/7, 3/9

Chapter 44-48

9 3/14 No class, 3/16 No class

Spring Break




Chapter 49-51

52-54 Twentieth-century modernism

11 3/28, 3/30

Chapter 55-58

12 4/4 No class, 4/6 No class

Project Research 

13 4/11, 4/13

Project Research (By appointment to meet with Dr. Lin)


4/18 Easter Monday no class,



Project Research (By appointment to meet with Dr. Lin)

15 4/25, 4/27


16 5/2, 5/4


17 5/4

Last day to complete all online material on MAY 4TH. 



Additional Information

This is a group project "COMPARE AND CONTRAST CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS" to be completed with your fellow classmates. The size and number of groups will vary according to how many students we have enrolled for the term.


1. Choose one of the following: Choice made on 3/28

  • Ives and Copland
  • Bartok and Kodaly
  • John Cage and George Crumb
  • Steve Reich and Philip Glass
  • Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff
  • Shostakovich and Kablevsky
  • Florence Price and Margaret Bonds 


2. Read, research, compare, and contrast

- Biography, cultural background, writing styles, where does this composer place in the history of music? pure modernist? late romantic then emerge into 20th century? modernist with ancient (baroque/classical brain)?

- Major works by genre

- Select at least one piece from each composer and discuss in details. Include excerpts of the music scores. 

Compositional style? Why/when was it written? Who was the intended audience? Any historically significant events occurring at the time this piece was composed? If so, what were they? Did these events influence the music in any way? Any other interesting tidbits about the pieces? Use SHMRG as your guideline.


3. Connection- Compile Answers from each group member for this portion How is this music different from the type of music you generally prefer? What have you learned from this piece help you to connect with/understand someone whose preferences are in line with this type of music? Could others benefit from exposure to this type of music? Why or why not?


4. Please include one open-ended question at the end so people  can remember your presentation.

5. Sources cited

Compile a list of all your sources used in your research. 


6. Final Product – Create a visual presentation using google slides and handouts. Please include music clips and music scores. Duet group will present at least 20 min. Upload/share google slides and handout to blackboard under Common Assessment. 


7. Individual Reflection/Team Evaluation: your classmates and fellow group members will not see these responses.

What did you like/dislike about this assignment? Did you gain anything from it? Would you have chosen the same topic? Explain how your team worked together on this project. Did everyone contribute equally? Did you divide tasks, or did everyone work together at the same time? Were there any issues cooperating in the group? If so, how did you resolve them?


There will be individual group meetings scheduled (4/11, 4/13, 4/21) with the Professor and the Student to discuss the student’s research project.  All project material (google slides and handout) must be submitted on the day of the presentation. Any material that is not complete will be construed as not being turned in, and an “F” will be entered for this grade.

The students will have all needed files for presentations on an easily accessible drive/format (e.g. - CD, DVD, Thumb/Jump/USB drive).  Downloading files from the Internet during the presentation time, and/or expecting the class computer to be able to read your iPod/iPhone is unacceptable. Be overly prepared for this presentation! Rehearse with your partner.  


It is the responsibility of the student to thoroughly research and understand both plagiarism and citations. Proper documentation and internal references are required. Double check your sources. Not everything online is valid or true. Go to library and do some research!


QUESTIONS: This syllabus is only an outline of the course of study. If you should have any questions regarding any of the topics mentioned above, I will be happy to discuss them with you. No question is unimportant, and I look forward to working with you. Have a great semester!  Do not speak with the Music Department Chair regarding this course until you have spoken with me regarding your problem(s).

Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to alter the syllabus and/or other course content based on the instructor's continuing evaluation of the course. Students will be alerted to changes made.

Plagiarism on any level will not be tolerated, and it is the student’s responsibility to understand the forms of plagiarism. Cheating is really unprofessional. It degrades the cheater and the academic environment. Also, textbooks, friends, cheat sheets, and the Internet cannot be used for examinations. Please use academic honesty and integrity when taking examinations and writing papers. Any counts of plagiarism within this course will be given an automatic grade of “F” for the final grade.

This course outline is a rough estimate for the material in this semester’s course.  The Instructor reserves the right to alter this course outline in order to best facilitate the course.

Syllabus Created on:

01/13/22 11:15 AM

Last Edited on:

03/29/22 10:34 AM