Music Literature Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Music Building 308

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MUSI-1307-DC002 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

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

NAXOS Music Library 

Each student is expected to have reliable access to the NAXOS online recordings library, access to which is provided through the Amarillo College Library.  To enter the database through the Amarillo College Library website, go to (DO NOT use Internet Explorer) and then enter your AC credentials.


  • 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 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.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

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. Attendance of two live concert events, at the student's scheduling convenience, during the 8 week session is required.

Grading Criteria

Grades will be weighted as follows:

  • Assignments (chapter tutorials, chapter reviews, listening guide quizzes) = 40%
  • Module Exams (listening identification quizzes, era quizzes) = 15%
  • Journals = 20%
  • Concert Reactions* = 15%
  • Final Exam = 10%

* attendance of two live concert events, at the student's scheduling convenience, during the 8 week session is required to complete concert reaction papers

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, although attendance of two live concert events, at the student's scheduling convenience, during the 8 week session is required to complete concert reaction papers.


  • Unit



    Listening Repertory

    Module I-

    Course Introduction


    Communication Journal

    Syllabus Quiz

    How to Use InQuizitive

    Naxos Quiz

    Module II-

    Materials of Music


    Prelude 1

    1: Melody

    2: Rhythm and Meter
    3: Harmony
    4: Organization of Sounds

    5: Texture
    6: Form

    7: Expression
    8: Text and Music

    9: Voices and Instrument Families

    10: Western Instruments

    11: Musical Ensembles
    12: Style and Function of Music

    13: Putting Music into Words

    Listening Journal

    Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

    Module III-




    Prelude 2

    14: Voice and Worship

    15: Layering Lines
    16: Symbols and Puzzles

    17: Singing in Friendship

    18: Remember Me

    19: Glory Be

    20: Instrumental Movements

    Listening Journal

    Module Listening & Era Quiz

    Gregorian chant: Kyrie
    Hildegard: Alleluia
    Notre Dame School: Gaude Maria virgo Machaut: Ma fin est mon commencement

    Monteverdi: Si ch’io vorrei morire Farmer: Fair Phyllis
    Josquin: Ave Maria

    Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass

    Susato: Three Dances

    Module IV-Baroque


    Prelude 3
    21: Voicing Gender

    22: Performing Grief

    23: Musical Sermons

    24: Textures of Worship

    25: Independent Study

    26: Grace and Grandeur

    27: Sounding Spring

    28: Process as Meaning

    Listening Journal

    Module Listening & Era Quiz

    Concert Reaction #1

    Cozzolani: Magnificat

    Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

    Bach: Wachet auf Cantata

    Handel: Messiah

    Billings: David’s Lamentation

    Handel: Water Music

    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

    Bach: The Art of Fugue

    Module V- Classical


    Prelude 4

    29: Musical Conversations
    30: The Ultimate Instrument
    31: Expanding the Conversation

    32: Conversation with a Leader

    33: Personalizing the Conversation

    34: Disrupting the Conversation

    35: Making It Real

    36: Mourning a Hero

    Listening Journal

    Module Listening & Era Quiz

    Haydn: Joke Quartet
    Haydn: Symphony No. 94 (

    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

    Mozart: Piano Concerto in G (K. 453)

    Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

    Mozart: Don Giovanni

    Mozart: Requiem

    Module VI - Romantic


    Prelude 5
    37: Musical Reading

    38: Marketing Music

    39: Dancing at the Keyboard

    40: Musical Diaries

    41: Personal Soundtracks

    42: Sounding Literature

    43: Absolutely Classic

    44: Multimedia Hits

    45: Total Art

    46: Poetry in Motion

    47: Exotic Allure
    48: Accepting Death

    49: Mythical Impressions

    50: Jubilees and Jubilation

    51: A Good Beat

    Listening Journal

    Module Listening & Era Quiz

    Schubert: Erlkönig
    Schumann: In the Lovely Month of May

    Foster: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

    Chopin: Polonaise in A Major
    The Year

    Module VII-



    Prelude 6

    52: Anything Goes

    53: Calculated Shock

    54: Still Sacred

    55: War Is Hell

    56: American Intersections

    57: Modern America
    58: Modern Experiments

    59: Sounds American

    60: Also American
    61: Classic Rethinking

    Listening Journal

    Module Listening & Era Quiz

    Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire

    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

    Boulanger: Psalm 24

    Berg: Wozzeck

    Holiday: Billie’s Blues

    Strayhorn: Take the A Train

    Still, Suite for Violin and Piano

    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

    Ives: Country Band March

    Copland: Appalachian Spring

    Revueltas: La noche de los Mayas

     Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

    Module VIII-

    Modern /



    Prelude 7
    62: New Sound Palettes

    63: Staged Sentiment

    64: Less Is More

    65: Rolling Beethoven Over

    66: Returning with Interest

    67: Neo-Romantic Evocations

    68: Underscoring Meaning

    69: Icons in Sound
    70: Reality Shows

    Listening Journal

    Module Listening & Era Quiz

    Concert Reaction #2

    Cage: Sonatas and Interludes

    Crumb: Caballito negro

    Bernstein: West Side Story

    Reich: Electric Counterpoint, III

    Versions of Roll Over Beethoven

    Glass: Symphony No. 4

    Higdon: blue cathedral
    Williams: Imperial March
    Tavener: A Hymn to the Mother of God

    Adams: Doctor Atomic


    Final Exam

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:

06/03/22 1:19 PM

Last Edited on:

06/16/22 10:09 AM