MUS 116C Music Appreciation
MUS 116C Music Appreciation
A survey of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will gain an
understanding of music as an art form through listening and discussion of choral, orchestral,
solo, opera, chamber and jazz works. Concert attendance is required.
Open to all students, but designed for the non-music major.
Music 116CO Music Appreciation Online
Welcome to Music Appreciation Online
Instructor: Professor Joseph C. Gallo (Joe)
Office: Cypress College Fine Arts Office 206
Office Hours: All communication will be by email or phone
Phone: (714) 484-7031 Wk or 562-343-8993 Cl
In the subject line of all email messages, make sure you put "MUS 116" or your message
will not be opened. Response time is generally within 24 hrs. Weekends will be answered on Monday.
Course Number: MUS116C, Music Appreciation Online
Semester: Fall 2010
Course Description: A survey of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
Students will gain an understanding of music as an art form through listening and discussion of choral,
orchestral, solo, opera, chamber and jazz works. Concert attendance is required.
Open to all students, but designed for the non-music major.
One concert and a review are required.
You need the following equipment and capabilities to be successful with the online
portion of this course:
A computer (PC or Mac) with at least 64 MB of RAM, 1 G of free disk space
One of the following operating systems/platforms works best with Blackboard: Microsoft
Windows XP / Vista or Mac OS X
Microsoft Word Software or similar word processing program
Internet Access and one of the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla
Firefox with Cookies enabled
A modem that is at least 56K or faster connecting to the internet
An active e-mail account
A Blackboard username and password
You should know the basics of how to use your computer.
You should know how to browse the Web (Internet) and use one of the above listed Web Browsers to navigate the internet.
You should know how to send and receive e-mail.
You should know how to create documents with Microsoft Word, save the documents, and cut and paste them in the message area of an email.
I DO NOT ACCEPT ATTACHMENTS WHATSOEVER!!!
Availability of on-campus computers
On-campus computers for student use are in the Library and Learning Resource Center.
Tips for Online Success
The successful online student is independent, self-motivated, willing to learn on-their-own,
and willing to ask questions as soon as questions arise. They are also good with written instructions, good at expressing themselves in writing, and are aware that technology is as much a convenience as a barrier.
Stay on task and be aware of your personal timelines when completing assignments.
Upon completion of the course, successful students will have completed the course objectives
and demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Identify music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras
2. Define and explain the elements of music and be able to differentiate and compare how they are
used from one stylistic period to another.
3. Describe the differences in lifestyle of the various historical periods in relation to politics,
religion, and economics.
4. Identify by name the most prominent composers of each stylistic period..
At the completion of this course the student will have acquired a general understanding of the
1 - The student will have a thorough understanding of the standard time line of music history as
divided into the accepted periods, i.e. Medieval (Romanesque, Gothic), Renaissance, Baroque, Classical,
Romantic (19th Century), Modern, with a 75% level of accuracy.
2 - In viewing or listening to audio or video recordings, students will be able to visually and aurally
identify the primary instruments of modern music ensembles, with a 75% level of accuracy.
3 - In discussion and written examinations, the student will be able to demonstrate familiarity with
specific composers associated with the respective historical periods, and will have knowledge of each
composer's unique contributions to music, with a 75% level of accuracy.
3 - The student will be able to discuss the development and evolution of the primary music genre,
i.e. symphony, concerto, cantata, mass, opera, etc, with a 75% level of accuracy.
The textbook required for this course can be ordered online.
"Experience Music" 2nd edition by Katherine Charlton and Robert Hickok
McGraw-Hill Publisher ISBN: 978-0-07-340139-3 with 2 audio CD’s.
The accompanying Compact Disc set is required for the course, and it should be part of a bundle package
with the textbook. You will also need a CD player, or a computer that has the ability to play music
Students can order their books online from the campus bookstore at: www.cypresscollegebookstore.com
Assignments and Due Dates
The instructor reserves the right to change the following topics, assignments and due dates
if necessary. Check the course announcements weekly for any such changes.
1. Read the assigned chapters in your Experience Music Book. Then do the following:
2. This class uses two web sites. The first one is (www.mhhe.com/charltonexperience2e) This site is
supported by a rich array of carefully crafted online study tools: Explore, Featured Listening Guides,
The Image Library, Flashcards, Web Resources, and a Chapter Quiz. Each chapter contains a bank of
questions and you will need to take the quiz and email me the results of your test. Copy and Paste the
test results in the message area of an email, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t send it
from the website itself, I won’t be able to reply. Whatever you do, DO NOT SEND ME ATTACHMENTS I won’t
In the Subject Area of your email, put MUS 116 your first and last name, what chapter you are sending
3. The second site is http://cypresscollege.blackboard.com At Blackboard go to the discussion board
and add your thread to the questions asked by me or comment on other students’ answers. Please answer
all questions if asked.
4. There will be a virtual class on Wednesday at 6:00-7:30PM. http://cypresscollege.blackboard.com
Click the Collaboration button. I will give a weekly quiz at on this site. It is also a chat room for
you to ask any questions you may have about the course work.
5. Listen to music that is discussed in the chapter of the week for one hour.
Attn: Joe Gallo
Concert attendance and review Students are required to attend one live concert and submit a concert
review. There are weekly concerts advertised in the Los Angeles Times entertainment section as weekly
as the Orange County Register. I suggest performances at the Richard M. Nixon Library. They have a
free concert series on Sundays. Please feel free to check the concert schedule here at Cypress College
as well as other colleges and universities in the local area.
Reviews should be no more than two paragraphs. Please describe the Composers, Titles of the Music
performed, Instrumentation or orchestration, style of vocals or lack of, thematic concepts of the
songs, types of harmony used, and any other unique display that caught your eye.
6. THE FINAL is a two page essay (1 inch margin, Arial Font 12). This essay should be a cogent
argument explaining how society, religion, economics and politics contributed to the different
styles of music. This paper should cover the Medieval Period to the present day. Please include
musical examples to substantiate your claims.
Attendance: Students must be disciplined. Weekly contact with the teacher is a must
(Homework and discussion boards). I will not be available on weekends. Students that attend regularly
and on time generally do better. A student is in jeopardy of being dropped from the roll due to
absences or lack of participation. A student will be considered absent if the student does not answer
the discussion boards or send me homework, contact or report each week. Individual problems of
extended absence due to illness or other cause may be resolved by consultation with the instructor.
Deadline for weekly assignments is Thursday morning 8a.m. The Final is due Dec 6, 2010 at 8 a.m.
No late material will be accepted after the due dates.
1st week Read the Preface, The Preface for the Student: A Guided Tour, The Fundamentals of
Music Pgs XXIII- 3.
2nd week Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, Pgs 4-29 Complete the listening for these chapters and answer the
chapter quiz and for each of the chapters. Email results to me. The highlighted area is called the DO!
3rd week The Culture of Medieval Europe, Medieval Music, Pgs 30-47. Do the DO!
4th week Read The Renaissance: The Rebirth of Humanism Renaissance Music Pgs 48-63 Do the DO!
5th week Read The Triumph of Baroque Style, Baroque Opera, Cantata, Oratorio Pgs 64-92
Do the DO!
6th week Read Baroque Solo and Chamber Music, The Baroque Orchestra Pgs 93-111 Do the DO!
7th week Read The Classical Era: Reason and Revolution, The Classical Symphony, The Classical Concerto,
Pgs 112-133 Do the DO!
8th week Read Classical Chamber Music, Classical Vocal Music and The Music of Beethoven Pgs 134-163
Do the DO!
9th week Read Music of the Romantic Era, Romantic Songs, Romantic Program Music, Nationalism in the
Romantic Era Pgs 164-195 Do the DO!
10th week Read The Concert Overture, The Romantic Concerto, Romantic Choral Music, The Late Romantic
Symphonies, Romantic Opera in France and Italy, Romantic German Opera Pgs 196-245 Do the DO!
11th week Read The early Twentieth Century, Impressionism and Symbolism Pgs 246-257 Do the DO!
12th week Read Primitivism and Neoclassicism, Eastern European Nationalism, Germanic Expressionism and
the Development of Serialism Pgs 258-277 Do the DO!
13th week 13th week Read American Innovations in the Arts, American Music Before WWII Pgs 278-292 Do
14th week Read Early Jazz Styles, Developments in Jazz in the Late Twentieth Century, American
Classical Music Influenced by Early Jazz Pgs 293-317 Do the DO!
15th week Read Twentieth-Century American Classical Styles, Musical Theater, Film Music Pgs 318-343
Do the DO!
16th week Read New Ideas and Styles from Twentieth-Century Internationalism, World Music Pgs 344-356
Do the DO!
17th week 17th week Read Post-World War II Innovations, Minimalism Pgs 357-378 Do the DO!
Grading policy A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 D= 60-69 F=59 and lower
Weekly Test Banks ---- 4 pts each week
Discussion Board ---- 1 pt each week
Final Essay ---- 10 pts
Concert and review -- 5 pts
Extra Credit: Students will be given a chance for 10pts. Extra credit. You will have to purchase
the CD Joseph Charles Gallo plays Fredericks Favorites from the bookstore. This will be a listening
assignment with a review of what you listened to and how it helped shape the music of today. The
assignment will be no more than two paragraphs in length, typed, double spaced, Arial font size 12
with one inch margins.
A student CANNOT receive an A grade in the class if they do not submit a Concert Report!
Academic honesty policy
Please click on www.cypresscollege.edu and click on the "Schedule and Catalog" link.
This is the Cypress College Academic Honesty Policy, which can also be found in the Cypress College
Catalog on p. 8.
Student Services For your student and instructional service needs, click on www.cypresscollege.edu
Special Needs Students with verified disabilities requiring accommodations should make a specific
request of the instructor at the beginning of the semester or one week prior to the specified need.
Advisement/Counseling The Webpage for counselors and their e-mail addresses is located under
Counseling on the Cypress College Website at www.cypresscollege.edu
Cypress College Library Learning Resources
The Music Library is located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building Room 212
Fullerton, Goldenwest, Orange Coast, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach. Students will
need their campus ID card to check books out from these libraries.
Online Writing Lab (OWL) OWL brings the writing center services to cyberspace. Besides a host of
links and downloadable handouts for writers, the OWL also offers interactive exercises, Power Point
lessons, tutor email and a tutor chat room. OWL is located at: www.cypresscollege.edu/~writing