Music Appreciation

  • Music Appreciation MUS-100
    Course Syllabus

    Mynderse Academy – Finger Lakes Community College
    Fall 2019


    Instructor: Mrs. Anna Luisi-Ellis


    Credit Hours & Contact Hours: 3 credit hours and 3 contact hours


    Catalog Description: A Course for the general interest student, the intent of which is to heighten the student’s awareness of the place of music in our culture and enhance his or her enjoyment of the art form itself.


    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

    - Identify and describe the elements of music, such as rhythm, dynamics, timbre, pitch, melody, harmony and tonality


    - Classify music according to media, genre, and form


    - Compare and contrast the style periods of art music and demonstrate knowledge of the important composers from each period


    - Demonstrate comprehension of computer-based audio, visual and/or written materials


    - Research music performances, and critique them in writing.


    Relationship to Academic Programs and Curriculum:

    Elective for A.S. Music, A.S. Music Recording Technology,
    or general college population


    College Learning Outcomes Addressed by the Course:

    - writing

    - reading

    - critical thinking

    - computer literacy

    - information resources

    Instructional Materials and Methods


    Course Materials:

    Textbook: Music Listening Today, Fifth Edition by Charles Hoffer

    Additional handouts, CDs


    Methods of Instruction:

    Lecture, discussion, demonstration, writing and listening


    Assessment Measures:

    Assessment of college and student outcomes addressed
    in this course will include:


    - Quizzes and exams will assess reading, critical thinking
    and computer literacy


    - Concert research and reviews will assess information resources,
    writing, and critical thinking


    - Evaluation of class participation in listening activities and discussion will assess reading and critical thinking



    - Listening maps: Visual representation of a song using symbols and/or pictures/photos to demonstrate the form, melody and or instrumentation


    - Biographical Profile/Powerpoint presentation: Present information of a composer’s life, compositions and contribution to music


    - Collage: visual representation of a topic. Examples would be era, genre or composer


    - Playlist or Program with Notes: Create a program for a concert or a playlist based on an era, genre, or theme. Include program notes


    - Music Video, Instructional Video or Podcast. Using Audacity or Garage Band, create an instructional video or podcast demonstrating knowledge of topic or element of music


     Grade Breakdown:

    Assessments: Tests/Quizzes – 30%

    Projects/Presentations – 30%

    Class Discussion/Participation – 20%

    Classwork/Homework – 20%


    FLCC Grading Scale:


    93 & Above

































    59 & lower















    General Outline of Topics Covered:


    1. Developing Perception in Listening


    2. Basic Materials and Properties of Music


    3. Music Mediums: Vocal & Instrumental


    4. Principles of Musical Structure


    5. Categories of Music Literature


    6. Musical Style


    7. Historical Survey of Music of Western Civilization


    Classroom Policies & Procedures:


    1. Students are to attend each class. Excessive tardiness or absences will result in being assigned to 10th or 11th period


    2. Each student is required to maintain a binder for class and have the textbook with you each class. The binder should have notebook paper and will contain lecture material, handouts, listening and viewing logs, music, quizzes and tests. Make sure to have a pencil or pen with you each class.


    Behavioral Expectations:


    1.  There is to be no excessive talking during class time.  While discussion of the subject at hand is expected and encouraged, it is not an invitation to talk freely in class.


    2.  Gum chewing is allowed, as long as it is kept in the mouth.  There is to be no bubble-blowing, gum-snapping, etc.  Gum should be disposed of properly before engaging in any presentation that requires talking in front of the whole class.


    3.  Each student is to remain in his/her seat unless the class is engaged in an activity that calls for structured movement.


    4.  Each student is to respect the belongings of other class members.


    5.  Students are not to touch the equipment in the classroom unless instructed to do so by the teacher.


    Cell Phones/MP3 Players:


    In accordance with school policy, cell phones and MP3 players are not to be used in class, unless you are using it for a class project (you should ask first). If you continue to use a device after a warning, it will be confiscated. If the situation happens multiple times, it will be turned over to Mrs. Lewis.


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