MUSC 2101 – Music Appreciation

Course Syllabus – Spring 2017

| Course description | Outcomes | Term | Instructor information | Class meetings | Text |

|Evaluation | Grading | Mid-term progress report | Course schedule | Course policies | Important dates |

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Hello and welcome to MUSC 2101, Music Appreciation. It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy and benefit from this class. Our purpose in this class is to give you the tools to understand, identify and discuss elements of western art music. 

In this class, we will be studying both “Popular Music” (i.e. “music of the people”) and “Western Art Music.” Some define this term as music that falls within the “classical music” genre. Others say that it is music that has been developed and passed along via written musical notation as opposed to music that has been developed and passed along strictly by rote with no musical notation at all. Still others define western art music by what it is not. That is, it is not “popular” music.

Dr. Christina HowellThis course will be organized into modules.  Take note of the deadlines

included in each section. (These deadlines are also listed in the course

calendar.) Quizzes and concert reviews must be completed by specific deadlines in addition to the mid-term and Final. 

What will you do?

For assessments you can expect the following:

  • Concert Review Prep Assignments (3)
  • Concert Reviews (3)
  • Discussions (8 total)
  • Online Quizzes 
  • Mid-Term Exam
  • Final Exam

I am sincerely looking forward to helping you learn more about music and possibly introducing you to music you would never have thought to explore. I can always be reached via the following means:

Email: christinahowell@clayton.edu (best way to reach me)

D2L email  (If possible, please try to avoid using this method)

Twitter: @DrHowellVoice

Phone 678-466-4755* 

*Calling via phone is the slowest way to reach me. You will get much faster response with the other methods. 

Course Description:

Number and Title: 

MUSC 2101 (CRN 20216) Music Appreciation

Credit Hours: 

3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)

Catalog Description:

A study of various forms and styles of music through history listening to recordings, reading, and concert attendance designed to develop the skills of perceptive listening. Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized. [Note: Learning Support students who are required to take ENGL 0099 and/or

READ 0099 must exit the requirement(s) before they can enroll in this course.]

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:


Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to  http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy. 

Software Requirement:

To properly access the course content students will need to download the following free software:

  • Spotify Music Listening Software www.spotify.com
  • Adobe Reader (needed to access files in PDF format): http://get.adobe.com/reader/
  • Adobe Flash (needed to access video content): http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system 
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing 
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email.
  • Able to use a Web browser. 

(Note: students may elect to use either the free version of the software which comes with advertisements or they may use the subscription service Spotify Premium which has no advertisements. Spotify offers a Student rate for this service of $4.99/month https://www.spotify.com/us/student/ )

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

Only use your CSU e-mail account or the e-mail system included in D2L to communicate academic information to your instructor. (Your instructor has stated a preference for use of CSU email over D2L messaging since it has proven more reliable.)

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.  .

Desire2Learn  (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course. 

Posting of your work in D2L is a course requirement.

You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting: “D2L” on the top right side.  If you experience any difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.

Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area C) are located on pages 107 and 108 of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Music outcomes:

Music Appreciation is not a required course in the Bachelor of Performing Arts (BAPA) Music concentration.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate different musical genres and styles. 
  • Develop critical music listening skills.  
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of a musical composition.


Spring Semester 2017

Instructor Information:


Dr. Christina Howell phone: (678) 466-4755 fax: (678) 466-4769

e-mail: ChristinaHowell@clayton.edu faculty web page: http://faculty.clayton.edu/chowell4

Best way to reach me: christinahowell@clayton.edu 

For the quickest response, please do NOT use the D2L embedded email program. 


Music Education Building, Room 226

Office hours:

Office hours will be determined after Applied Lesson teaching schedule is set or by Thursday, January 12, 2016, whichever is sooner. 

Other times by appointment

Class Meetings:

This course will be taught 100% online which means that there are no face to face meetings. 

Textbook Information:


This course will be taught with no-cost textbooks which can be obtained at the following links:


Music: It’s Language, History, and Culture


Ray Allen, Douglas Cohen, Nancy Hager, and Jeffrey Taylor.

Music: It’s Language, History, and Culture (2014).

Music: Its Language, History and Culture by the

Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Based on a work at http://www.music1300.info/reader. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.music1300.info/reader.


Introduction to Music Appreciation

Bethanie Hansen, Cathy Silverman, David Whitehouse.

Introduction to Music History. (2014)


Text Coverage: 

Chapters 1 – 7


Concert Review Preparation: 

(Concert PREP A & B @ 25 points each) 


Concert Reviews: 3 @ 100 points each


Discussion Forums: 8 @ 6.25 points each


Online quizzes: quizzes 15 @ 10 points each  150 (the highest 15 quiz grades will be counted)


Mid-Term Exam: 


Final examination** 




**The final examination will be comprehensive.


Letter grade



1080 - 1200

960 - 1079

840 - 959

720 - 839


90 - 100%

B               80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

719 and below

Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued by February 28, reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on March 3. Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Course Schedule:

The course schedule for MUSC 2101, Music Appreciation, reflects deadlines in the class. Since the course is 100% online, students may elect to get ahead in the class. However, work must be turned in via the appropriate means by the dates listed or the work will not be accepted. 

Please see separate document Course Outline, for details.

Course Policies:

General Policy

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student

Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.  The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook, which begins on page 6.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy

This course is 100% online, therefore physical attendance of classes is not applicable. All work must be completed for this course by the applicable deadlines.

Missed Work

This course is 100% online and all deadlines are given at the beginning of the semester. With appropriate advance planning, students should have no reason to miss given deadlines. 

Academic Dishonesty

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.  Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 19 in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.

Plagiarism Detection Software.

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. You should submit your papers in such a way that no identifying information about you is included.

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF. 

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook starting on page 14.

Writing Assistance

The goal of the Writers’ Studio is to give rise to better writers, not just to better writing. People who love to write, people who struggle mightily with it, and people who fall anywhere else on the spectrum can find a place at The Writers’ Studio—a place for students to come for writing guidance and feedback.

Each student may receive up to 90 minutes of assistance per day and 3 hours per week. Furthermore, both appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Here’s The Writers’ Studio’s contact information: 

Location:        Arts & Sciences Building, Room G-224

Phone: 678.466.4728 

Email:             ws224@clayton.edu

Website:        http://clayton.edu/writersstudio

Visit The Writers’ Studio at http://clayton.edu/writersstudio or schedule your appointment online at http://clayton.mywconline.com (Note: first-time users need to complete a one-time registration prior to using the online appointment website). 

Operation Study

At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.  See the following site for details:


Important dates:

Concert Reports and PREP assignments:



Major Assignments Due

Mon, 01/23/2017

PREP Concert Report  A  Due Monday

Mon, 01/30/2017

PREP Concert Report  B Due Monday

Mon, 02/06/2017

PREP Concert Report  C Due Monday

Mon, 02/20/2017

Concert Report 1 Due Monday

Mon, 02/27/2017

Midterm Exam Deadline 2/27/17 (Note: Midterm covers materials up to and including Baroque Era in Chapter 4)

Mon, 03/20/2017

Concert Report 2 Due Monday

Mon, 04/10/2017

Concert Report 3 Due Monday

Wed, 5/3/2017


Last update: January 4, 2017


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