Music Appreciation EMUS 1832-001, Fall, 2007
Office N1B78, Office Hrs. F 10:00-11:00 or by appt.
Perspectives on Music
(with 2 CDs) by Donald Meyer is available in the
Students will understand the basic elements of music such as rhythm, melody,
harmony, form, and timbre, and be able to apply that understanding to various styles of music.
The development of critical listening skills will be emphasized, along with the application of
those skills to classical and popular music.
Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of
listening skills as follows:
Be able to describe a piece with musical terminology—meter, tempo, phrasing, texture,
melodic contour, form, etc.
Be able to identify the timbres—instruments used and type of ensemble.
Be able to identify the musical style or era (approximate time period) and be aware of the
defining musical characteristics of each classical and popular style covered in class.
Historical knowledge will also be emphasized in regard to popular music and the four major
classical eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern).
Each student should:
Be able to identify the principle musical features of each major era of classical music, and
each popular style discussed in class.
Be able to list the major historical trends of each era of Classical music including trends in
the social, economic, religious, political and intellectual realms, as they relate to music.
Be able to list the major composers and performers from each musical era.
Be able to list the different functions (uses) of music throughout history.
Class sessions are a mixture of lecture, discussion, and listening. Good attendance is
a prerequisite to developing the listening skills and acquiring the necessary information to do well
on the quizzes and exams.
Two 50-point quizzes.
No late quizzes will be given.
Listening Activity Assignments:
(total of 25) Listening Activity Assignments are due at the end
of each section—on the same day as the quiz or exam.
(See the section “Listening Activity
Assignments” for requirements and due dates).
125 points—5 points each
Three 100-point exams.
Late exams must be taken within 5 calendar days of the
original exam date and scores on late exams are lowered by one third.