Music Appreciation Syllabus for 2023-2024
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MUSI-1306-001 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, 14e, 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, 14e, 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 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.

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 semester is required.

Grading Criteria

Grades will be weighted as follows:

  • Assignments (Module 1 quizzes and assignments, chapter tutorials, discussions) = 30%
  • Module & Final Exams (InQuizitive, listening identification quizzes, era quizzes, comprehensive final) = 30%
  • Journals = 15%
  • Concert Reactions* = 15%
  • Final Project = 10%

* attendance of two live concert events, at the student's scheduling convenience, during the semester 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 from the first day of class and for a time period of no less than four 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. Working ahead is encouraged.


Students are expected to spend approximately 3-5 hours per day (8-week and summer terms) or 1-2 hours per day (15/16-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 semester is required to complete concert reaction papers.



Days to Complete in 8 week class


Module I-

Course Introduction


Student-Instructor Communication Journal

M01 Syllabus Quiz

Zander Video and Discussion

InQuizitive. How to Use InQuizitive

Naxos Quiz

Civic Responsibility Assignment: Discussion

Group Work and Introductions

Module II-

Materials of Music


Civic Responsibility Assignment: Research

Civic Responsibility Assignment: Discussion

Group Project Contribution Plan

Ch 1-12 Tutorials (automatic 100 for completion)
Prelude 1, Ch 1-14 InQuizitives

Module 2 Listening Journal (Britten only)

Module III-




Ch 15-22 Tutorials (automatic 100 for completion)
Prelude 2, Ch 15-22 inQuizitives.

InQuizitive. The Middle Ages and Renaissance Era Quiz

Module 3 Listening Journal (5 entries from Module playlist)

Module IV-Baroque


Concert Reaction #1

Ch 23-30 Tutorials (automatic 100 for completion)
Prelude 3, Ch 23-30 InQuizitives

InQuizitive. The Baroque Era: Era Quiz

Module 4 Listening Journal (5 entries from Module playlist)

Module V- Classical


Prelude 4 InQuizitive: Music as Order and Logic

Ch 31-38 Tutorials (automatic 100 for completion)

Prelude 4, Ch 31-38 InQuizitives

InQuizitive. Eighteenth-Century Classicism Era Quiz

Module 5 Listening Journal (5 entries from Module playlist)

Module VI - Romantic


Group Project Final Presentation

Ch 39-54 Tutorials (automatic 100 for completion)

Prelude 5, Ch 39-54 InQuizitives

InQuizitive. The Nineteenth Century: Era Quiz

Module 6 Listening Journal (5 entries from Module playlist)

Module VII-




Prelude 6 InQuizitive. Making Music Modern

Ch 55-64 Tutorials (automatic 100 for completion)

Prelude 6, Ch 55-64  InQuizitives

InQuizitive: Twentieth-Century Modernisms Era Quiz

Module 7 Listening Journal (5 from Module playlist)

Module VIII-

Modern /




Concert Reaction #2

Ch 65-74 Tutorials (automatic 100 for completion)

Prelude 7, Ch 65-74 InQuizitives

InQuizitive. Postmodernism: The Mid-Twentieth Century and Beyond

Module 8 Listening Journal (5 entries from Module playlist)



Comprehensive Final PRACTICE (not for a grade)

Comprehensive Final


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. Please reserve emailing the instructor for emergencies.

Syllabus Created on:

05/25/23 12:20 PM

Last Edited on:

05/25/23 12:20 PM