MUS 122 Syllabus


Division:   Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts


Course Number & Title:  MUS 122, Music Appreciation II


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 student’s 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 student’s 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.   The Romantic Period (1820-1900)

1.    Characteristics of Romantic Music

2.    Development of Musical Forms; the Art Song, Program Music, Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Music, the Golden Age of Opera

C.   The Twentieth Century and Beyond (1900 – 1945 and beyond)

1.    Characteristics of Twentieth Century Music;

2.    Impressionism and Symbolism, Neoclassicism, Expressionism

3.    Development of Musical Forms; Atonality, The Twelve-tone System, Serialism, Chance Music, Minimalist Music, Electronic Music.

D.   Jazz Styles (1900 – 1950)

1.    Characteristics of Jazz; Ragtime, Blues, New Orleans Style (Dixieland), Swing, Bebop

2.    Since 1950 – Cool Jazz, Free Jazz, Jazz Rock

E.   The American Musical

1.    Characteristics of the American Musical

2.    Historical development and the Golden Era of the American Musical (1920-1960)

3.    Leonard Bernstein and “West Side Story”

F.    Rock Music

1.    Characteristics of Rock Music, Rock in American Society, The Beatles


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 learner’s  listening pleasure

Four (4) tests – 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