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Administrative Unit: Visual Arts and Music
Course Prefix and Number: MUSI 122
Course Title: Music Appreciation
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: A musical appreciation course focusing on European and American works since 1500. G.E.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any text appropriate for courses in Music Appreciation.

Listening to Music
By Wright, Craig (Wadsworth)
Music: 5th Brief Edition
By Kamien, Roger (McGraw-Hill)
Perspectives on Music
By Meyer, Donald C. (Prentice Hall)
Listen: Brief 5th Edition
By Kerman, Joseph (Bedford/St. Martin)
Course Objectives
  • To acquire pertinent historical information.
  • To understand basic music terminology and notation.
  • To develop critical listening skills.
  • To be familiar with important, representative examples of classical music from all style periods.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the elements and vocabulary of music for mastery of discussion of music of all styles.
  • Make judgments and critical observations about musical works based on the elements and concepts of music: pitch, melody, rhythm, timbre, harmony, musical texture, musical form, notation, tempos and dynamics.
  • Identify various musical instruments and ensembles: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and vocal.
  • Articulate basic understanding of the historical periods of music, including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, Twentieth Century, and Post-Modern.
  • Describe the role of music within historical, artistic, and cultural traditions.
  • Recognize the styles of each of the historical periods by aurally identifying standard masterpieces.
  • Be familiar with technical aspects of selected pieces: orchestration, instrumentation, form and musical texture.
  • Appreciate the creative process of music by demonstrating familiarity of the lives and styles of individual composers.
  • Describe and explain performance practice: playing, singing, and conducting.
  • Develop skills of aesthetic judgment and critical thinking through music listening in-class and at scheduled live performances.
    Topical Outline:
  • Listening to music
  • Rhythm, melody, and harmony
  • Musical color, texture, and form
  • Hearing musical styles
  • Medieval music
  • Renaissance
  • Early Baroque
  • Late Baroque music: Johann Sebastian Bach and George Fredric Handel
  • Classical ideals: the world of Haydn and Mozart
  • Classical forms
  • Classical genres
  • The bridge to Romanticism: Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • The Romantic spirit
  • The early Romantic
  • Romantic opera
  • Late Romanticism

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Nollie Moore Date: April 3, 2006
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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