Syllabus for dual enrollment course, MUH 1011Music Appreciation, through FIU at
Hialeah Gardens High School, Fall of 2013
Dual Enrollment Course: Music Appreciation MUH 1011
Start Date:September 3, 2013 Fall semester
Time:Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Dates:Sept. 3, 2013 – Dec. 16, 2013
Place:Hialeah Gardens High School; Room 3104
TEXTS: A Concise History of Western Music, Fourth Edition, W.W. Norton& Sons, N.Y.,
Study and Listening Guide for Concise History of Western Music (4
Edition), 2011 ISBN:
ONLINE BLOG: http:// musicappwithap.blogspot.com
AUDIO SOURCES: Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music – 6 Compact Discs
Norton Online Listening Labhttp://www.wwnorton.com/college/music/listeninglab/full/welcome.asp
Selected music from personal iTunes library and personal music library of compact discs.
Selected compact discs from Hialeah Gardens High School Media Center http://destiny.dadeschools.net
Understanding music through the study of cultural periods, major composers, and musical elements.
Illustrated with audio recordings andselected video content. Three class hours per week, 40 hours a
semester.Credits: Three college credits and .5 high school graduation credit in Fine Arts (semester
course). Prerequisite: 3.0 high school GPA and in junior or senior year in high school.
Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes:
Music appreciation is a general survey course including music from various styles, cultures and historical
periods. The general objectives of the course are:
To introduce the student to music sources other than the normal mass media offerings available.
Togive the student tools to increase listening pleasure and understanding.
Students will develop a better understanding of the elements of music and how these affect the
sound and style of music.
Students will gain knowledge of Western musical styles and their historic context.
Students will develop an awareness of major composers, their contributions to music, and their
prospective stylistic significance.
Students will identify assigned musical works by means of listening quizzes.
Students will come away with a new artistic experience which they may continue to explore,
inmore advanced ways, relate to other course work or assimilate into their own personal lives as
expressive human beings.
During the course of study, the student will learn to hear and discuss music by using the elements of
timbre, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form. The student will also learn general information about
music terminology and how the elements of music are used in the style periods of western music.
UNIT I- FUNDAMENTALS
Week 1- Syllabus overview/Course Procedures/Introduction to Sound
Week 2- Instruments of the Orchestra/Voice Types and introduction to written music
Week 3- Basic Music Theory (First Quiz)
UNIT II: THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE
Week 3- Introduction and Music in the Middle Ages;
Week 4- Music in the Renaissance (Second Quiz)
UNIT III: THE BAROQUE PERIOD
Week 4- Introduction to J.S. Bach
Week 5- Forms/New instruments/Instrumental Music
Week 6- Baroque Instrumental Music/Opera
Week 7- Other Choral Music/Finish Unit (Third Quiz) and Mid-Term Review
Week 8- MID-TERM Go Over Exam/ The Piano
UNIT IV: THE CLASSICAL PERIOD
Week 9- Introduction to Classical Form and Composition Layout
Week 10- Focus on Haydn, Mozart,Beethoven.
Week 11 –Review/Finish Unit (Fourth Quiz)
UNIT V: THE ROMANTIC PERIOD
Week 11- Introduction to Romantic Short Forms
Week 12 – Virtuosos/Nationalism/Orchestration/Program Music/Italian Opera
Week 13- Richard Wagner/Finish Unit (Fifth Quiz) and begin Introduction to 20th Century music.
UNIT VI: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND BEYOND
Week 13 –Early 20th Century/French Impression/Communist Russia
Week 14- Twelve-Tone System/American Composers/Late 20th Century
Week 15- Final Exam Review/ Research paper due TBA
The final grade will be determined by class participation and assignments, weekly quizzes, a midterm
exam, a comprehensive final exam, and one research paper.
Students are graded according to their effort and accomplishment.
Your final grade for the course will be calculated according to the following:
Mid-Term Exam covering all material to that point (20% of the total grade)
Final Exam Comprehensive for the entire semester (20% of total grade)
Quizzes: (20% of total grade) Lowest Grade will be Dropped
Research paper (20% of the total grade)
Class Participation/ Assignments (20% of the total grade)
Each assignment and the final grade will be given a numerical value that corresponds to the following:
A (90-100) B (80 – 90) C (70 – 80) D (60 – 70) F (59 – 0)
Quizzes and exams must be taken when scheduled. If there are extenuating circumstances that
require you to miss a quiz or exam, then you will be able to make them up at the discretion of the
There may come times during our class that I would like to engage in class discussion, whether it is about
the material or about any music events occurring in the media. If asked to contribute, please respond in
order to further discussion and provide insight. If you miss a class, you will be counted absent for
class participation and, therefore, your grade in this category will be affected.
The instructor has the primary responsibility for identifying and responding to clear instances of student
plagiarism and/or cheating. Plagiarism is defined as offering another(s) work as one(s) own without
appropriate acknowledgment. Cheating may be defined as dishonesty of any kind in a student's academic
program (e.g., unauthorized copying from another(s) work, alteration of official grades, etc.). A student
shall neither give nor receive unauthorized aid on any assignment. Evidence of cheating, plagiarism or
multiple submissions of assignment will lead to grade 0 (zero) in that assignment.
Additional Instructor's Guidelines:
The Internet is a valid tool of research and I encourage you to use it. However, be sure to use reliable
sources. Cite your sources! This means that it is extremely important that any direct quote from printed
material or any web site be cited as a reference source. The extracted text should be preceded by and
should end with quotation marks. You must also include footnote or end note indicating the origin of the
quote, failing to do so characterizes plagiarism.
Cell phones should be turned off and set on “vibrate” after entering the classroom. No texting will be
allowed during classtime. If you have an unforeseen emergency, please let me know immediately.
Additional information on the appropriate use of electronic devices while in school can be found in your
Gladiator Student Planner.
Please be respectful. In other words – please refrain from using cell/mobile phones and media devices.
Laptops are permissible as long as you are only taking notes in class. Students will be dismissed from
class for any violation of this policy.
We are guests in Room 3104 which means that all furniture, equipment and textbooks, etc. found in this
room must be respected and cared for. This means NO FOOD, DRINK OR GUM in the room at any time.
All paper must be thrown in the trash and removed from the floor. Please report any discrepancies that
you find in your area of the room to the instructor immediately.
Iif any problems arise for you during the semester i.e. if you are unable to attend class, or if you need any
clarification on anything, please feel free to e-mail me: email@example.com