Appreciation of Music

Course Details

Course Number: MUSC 1033  Section Number: 102 & 103

Fall 2012

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C-111

Days & Times:

Section 102: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am

Section 103: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Noon



Course Attachments


Listening to Western Music  ISBN: 978-1-111-213546-5

MSU Faculty Member
Gary Lewis   
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Course Objectives

To increase the variety and depth of the student's exposure to music and to enhance a better understanding and enjoyment of music as an art.  Emphasis will be on music written from the seventeenth through the 21st century,

The means to accomplish this objective will be:

          1. To become familiar with musical terminology

          2. To understand unique characteristics of each period and of major composers

          3. To be able to identify selected major works from each period

          4. To recognize structure and basic forms

Course Expectations

Five major exams will be given during the course of the semester. The first exam on Sept 12: will cover basic information on rhythm, melody, acoustics, terms, hearing and perception, copyrights, and instruments.

The second exam on Oct. 1: will include medieval and renaissance music but the emphasis will be on the tyle, forms, and composers of the baroque period.  Listening identification will be included in this exam.

Music of the classic period will be covered in the third exam on Oct. 22: Listening identification will also be included on this exam.

Music of the 19th century will be covered in the fourth exam onNov. 14: Listening identification will likewise be included on this exam.

The last exam covering music of the 20th/21st century will be given during final week in C-111. The times for each class will be

       MWF 10 am class: Wed. Dec. 12 at 10:30

       MWF Noon class: Wed. Dec. 12 at 3:30



Grading Standards

Five exams given over the course of the semester will be average. The final grade will be based on the average of all exams. A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=0-59%

Although the material from one exam to the next will not be comprehensive, the listening exams will be.  Three short open book quizzes may be given over the course of the semester, usually on the class period  preceding an exam.  Electronic books are permitted but notes and photocopied text pages are not.  Make up quizzes are not given. Online assignments (if given) may be required and graded as a quiz. Quizzes are considered and graded as extra credit work and no other extra credit work is available.

Final Exam12/12/2012  102 at 10:30; 103 at 3:30

Submission Format Policy

Exams require a large scantron (50 questions per side) and a number 2 pencil.

Cell phones or any electronic device operating or within view during an exam or quiz will be sufficient to justify "no credit" (F/50%) for that exam without any opportunity to make up the exam.  No prior warning will be given!

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No paper assignment.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Absences for authorized school related functions or for illnesses are excused and not recorded as an absence but it is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation, preferably in advance.  It is assumed that all work and exams must be completed despite absences.

Unexcused absences in excess of three weeks (9mwf classes or 6tr) will result in being dropped from the class. 

As the final exam has no significance other than being the fifth exam, graduating seniors are not exempt from this exam; however, those with a minimum of 3 MWF classes absences for the entire semester may have their lowest exam grade dropped.  This dropped exam may be the final.  [If after the fourth exam, you are satisfied with your average grade, and have 3 mwf or 2 tr or less absences, you may be excused from taking the last exam provided that you continue to attend class and do not accumulate more than three absences for the rest of the semester.]

Other Policies

Basis for a faculty initiated drop:

     1. "Dishonest work:" submitting any work for a grade which is not the student's own including plagiarism and using unauthorized "reference' material during exams [including copying a neighbor's work].  As cited under submission format and policy, the use or view of cell phones or electronic devices during an exam will be considered "dishonest."

     2. Class disruption: including friendly conversation  and/or other distractions and disruptions during class.

     3. Unexcused absences in excess of 9 for mwf

Privacy Statement:

     Federal Privacy laws prohibit faculty from releasing information about a student's academic progress to other students or to those outside of the university.  In this class, no information regarding your grades, exams, or confidential matters can be released to friends or relatives.  Friends may not pick up your exams and exam grades cannot be posted unless you provide a confidential 4 digit code on the first exam.

Special Needs:

     "If you require course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in the event that the building must be evacuated, please register with Disability Support Services and make an appointment with the professor."


Academic Changes:

     The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses.


     Office Location: C117L, Fain Fine Arts Bldg.

     Office phone is 397-4185. Although voice mail is available, messages are best left by email.


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