MUS 121 Syllabus


Division:†† Arts and Sciences††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date:February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:Liberal Arts


Course Number & Title:MUS 121, Music Appreciation I


Credit Hours:3††††† Hours/Wk Lecture:3†††††††††††††††††††††† Hours/Wk Lab:0†††† †††††† Lec/Lab Comb:0



I.              Catalog Description:Increase the variety and depth of the studentís interest, knowledge, and involvement in music and related cultural activities.Acquaints the student with traditional and twentieth century music literature, emphasizing the relationship music has as an art form with man and society.Increases the studentís awareness of the composers and performers of all eras through listening and concert experiences.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:Liberal Arts: Demonstrate critical thinking and cultural awareness; experience the joy of life-long learning and personal fulfillment.Education:Illustrates awareness of arts and curiosity about learning; lists values, ethical principles of western culture.


III.           Required background:No prerequisite class


IV.          Course Content:

A.   The elements of music

1.    Sound, pitch, dynamics, and tone color

2.    Performing Media; voices and instruments

3.    Rhythm, melody, harmony, key, music notation, musical texture, musical form, musical style.

B.   Music in the middle Ages (450-1450) and the Renaissance (1450-1600)

1.    Gregorian Chant, The Church Modes

2.    Sacred and Secular music development

3.    Political, social, and intellectual influences on music

C.   Music in the Baroque Era (1600-1750)

1.    Characteristics of music in Baroque Society

2.    Development of musical forms; Concerto Grosso and Ritornello, Fuque, Opera, Baroque Suite,Chorale, Cantata, Oratorio

3.    Biographical information of prominent composers; Monteverdi, Purcell, Corelli, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Handel.

D.   The Classical Period (1750-1820)

1.    Characteristics of the Classical Style

2.    Development of musical forms; Sonata form, Theme and Variation, Minuet and Trio, Rondo, The Classical Symphony, The Classical Concerto, Classical Chamber Music.

3.    Biographical information of prominent composers; Hayden, Mozart and Beethoven


V.           Learner Outcomes

The student will:

VI.          Evaluation


A.   Develop an increase in understanding of the historical and cultural development of Western Music.

B.   Have their musical interest expanded through listening example experiences.

C.   Exhibit an increase in music knowledge and understanding to enhance the learneríslistening pleasure.

Four (4) tests Ė 100 multiple choice questions each.Two (2) oral or written reports of concerts attended and attendance and active classroom listening.


VII.         This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding