1 Black Hawk College Spring 2018 Music Apprec. S-2018 TR class - p. 1. Music 154: Music Appreciation 3 cr. hrs.; 3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week. TR 11:00 a.m. 12:14 p.m. Bldg. 4, Rm. 101 Dr. James Fudge Office and hours: (checked a few times a week); office hours are by appointment. College Mission Statement Black Hawk College provides the environment and resources for individuals to become lifelong learners. Catalog Description Study of literature of music emphasizing important composers and prevailing styles of various eras. For non-music majors only. Outside listening is required. IAI: F1 900 Modes of course delivery: in-class, online, and independent study. Expected Learning Objectives A. Demonstrate knowledge of basic elements of music using music-specific vocabulary. B. Identify common musical instruments and the varied types of vocal and instrumental ensembles by sight and sound. C. Identify and differentiate among the unique characteristics, compositional types, and style traits for each of the six periods of music. D. Recognize and discuss, through representative listening examples, the important composers and their compositions for each of the six periods of music. E. Synthesize and express music concepts, elements, and style traits into written form after attendance at live concerts. F. Discuss the major social, political, and artistic trends that affect the musical environment in each of the six periods of music. Course Introduction This course primarily is an introduction to the elements, genres, styles, historical developments, and principal composers of Western art music. In addition, certain aspects of jazz and rock will be included for a more thorough and up-to-date understanding of our place in Western culture. Students will develop listening skills and gain specific knowledge by way of class reading, listening, and note-taking. There are no prerequisites. The student is expected to develop a basic understanding of the fundamentals of Western music tradition, a historical perspective of classical art music, and an appreciation for listening to various styles. Success in this class relies on consistently coming to class and taking notes, listening carefully to the required selections, studying thoroughly for each exam, keeping a professional attitude, and using critical thinking skills. The student will definitely be expected to remember many terms, composers, or styles for each exam; if you feel you have difficulty in processing a good deal of information at once, the Student Success Center or your own instructor should be of some help. Required Textbook No textbook will be required for this class, therefore coming to class and taking detailed notes will be essential. The following textbook is recommended for occasional review and research and is available in the BHC library as reference material: Music, the Art of Listening, 8th edition, by Jean Ferris (2010) McGraw-Hill. Another textbook recommended for occasional review and available in the BHC library is: Listen, 7th edition, by Joseph Kerman (2012) Bedford-St. Martins. Other supplemental library materials are explained on the writing assignment handout. All required listening is available online at after getting into this home page, press the link for Music Appreciation. Here you will be linked to performance videos for all your required listening for each exam, our course syllabus and a course guide. Yes, you will need access to a computer and the internet for this class. If you do not own a computer, the library (downstairs in building 1) offers many for your use.
2 TR class - p. 2 Course Content Specifics Basic Course Outline A. Basic Concepts B. Instrument Types/Sounds C. Ancient Greece and The Middle Ages (Before 1450) D. The Renaissance ( ) E. The Baroque Era ( ) F. The Classical Era ( ) G. The Romantic Era ( ) H. The Modern Era/Twentieth Century I. The Styles of Jazz and Rock Course Schedule Note that this schedule is subject to change, dependent on holidays, snow days, and class progress. Likewise, listening may change depending on the availability of recordings on the course website. Part 1: Basic Concepts and Instruments Type/Sounds This part of the course culminates in a written exam that includes listening 1 Jan Concepts: Sound, pitch, dynamics, Read the syllabus and all other No school on Mon. timbre, scales information at the course website Jan. 15 Instruments: Keyboards Listen to Harpsichord, Organ, and 2 Jan Concepts: Pitch notation, rhythm and meter Instruments: Strings 3 Jan. 29-Feb 2 Concepts: Rhythmic notation, tempo, melody Instruments: Brass and Percussion 4 Feb. 5-9 Concepts: Texture, harmony, tonality Instruments: Woodwinds Fortepiano Listen to meter and Violin, Cello, and Double Bass Listen to Trumpet and trombone Listen to flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon Review all listening for test Part 2: Ancient Greece, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque This part of the course culminates in a written exam that includes listening 5 Feb Ancient Greece and The Middle Ages (Before 1450): chant, organum and the evolution of polyphony Listen to von Bingen and Perotin 6 Feb No school on Mon. Feb. 19 Middle Ages, continued: secular music, and The Ars Nova. The Renaissance ( ): The Mass, reform movements, early period 7 Feb. 26-Mar. 2 Renaissance, continued: High/Late Renaissance periods (Dufay, Josquin and Palestrina), the madrigal, and the rise of instrumental music. The Baroque Era ( ): Florentine camerata, Venetian School and Gabrieli 8 Mar. 5-9 Baroque, continued: opera and oratorio, J.S. Bach, passacaglia, fugue, concerto, dance suite, Vivaldi and Handel, Passion, cantata, and chorale. Spring break March Listen to the de Machaut excerpt, and check future listening pieces Listen to Dufay, des Prez, Palestrina, Weelkes, and Dowland excepts Listen to Gabrieli excerpt Listen to Carissimi, Purcell, Bach, Vivaldi and Handel
3 TR class - p. 3 9 Mar Completion of the Baroque period. Listen to Rameau Review all listening for the test Part 3: The Classical and Romantic Eras This part of the course culminates in a written exam that includes listening 10 Mar No school on Fri. March 30 The Classical Era ( ): Rococo and The Enlightenment, opera reform, Haydn and the symphony, Mozart and opera, sonata allegro, other major forms. 11 Apr. 2-6 Classical, continued: sonata, solo concerto, chamber music, and Beethoven. 12 Apr The Romantic Era ( ): general definition and style features, programmatic and absolute (and correlating composers), the Lied, character pieces. 13 Apr Romantic, continued: program symphony, opera and Wagner, the symphonic poem, and nationalism. Listen to all Mozart and Haydn Listen to the Beethoven excerpt Listen to the Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn Listen to Berlioz, Wagner, Strauss, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff Review all listening for the test Part 4: The Modern Era, including Jazz and Rock This part of the course culminates in a written exam that includes listening 14 Apr The Modern Era/Twentieth Century: Impressionism, primitivism, polytonality, expressionism (atonality and serialism), Ives and Copland. Listen to the Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Holst, and Copland Important: Sunday Apr Apr. 30-May 4 Modern/20th century continued: neoromanticism, aleatoric, and minimalism. The Styles of Jazz and Rock: Swing Era and Duke Ellington, bebop and Charlie Parker, contributions of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, fusion. Research Paper Due by midnight that night, via 16 May 7-9 Jazz-Rock continued: innovations of The Beatles, and progressive rock. Exam 4 is not cumulative. It will be held at the final exam time listed in the schedule of classes. Listen to the Barber, Glass, Ellington, Parker, Davis, and Coltrane Listen to the Beatles, other possible Review all listening for the test
4 TR class - p. 4 Written Work and Out-of-Class Commitment I. Concert Attendance and Reviews The following is an overview of requirements for concert attendance. Final details and an approved concert list are available at the course website. Observation: Attend four live "classical" concerts during the semester. At least two of these must be from the approved list on the course website. The others may also be chosen from this list, or may be a high school concert (no K-8 concerts are acceptable); it is important to experience professional-level work. Please be aware that concerts can last anywhere from 1-2 hours or sometimes more, and you must be present from the beginning to the end of each performance. Artifacts: Keep the printed program for each concert attended. Writing: For each performance, write a 2-page review. Use Times New Roman or Arial 12-size font, double spacing, and 1 margins. Write formally and proofread. Do not write lists. Correctly use appropriate musical terminology, and use the following outline: I. Introduction: In one paragraph, explain who or what group performed, where the concert was held, and what day you attended. II. Review: In several paragraphs, identify major pieces performed by title and composer, and give details about the form, musical style and/or era, or other musical elements. This part should make up the bulk of III. the paper. Performance: In one short paragraph, write comments about performer placement, movement, stage presence (focusing more on what the performers did, rather than what they looked like). Submission: For each concert attended, staple the program to the paper, with the paper on top. Deadline: Hand in the reviews individually or together any time during the semester but prior to the final exam start time. Reviews that are submitted after the final exam has begun will not be accepted. Grading: See rubric below. At the end of the term, the concert review grades collectively constitute 15% of the final course grade. Concert Reviews Grading Rubric Requirement Possible Points For each of the following sections, appropriate terminology and concepts are correctly applied and the comments make it clear that the student truly attended the concert and was attentive to musical details. Introduction 0-10 Review 0-40 Performance 0-10 The program has been submitted with the paper The writing style is formal and there are few, if any, writing errors The format follows instructions, with 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, 1 margins, and double spacing 0-10 Total possible points If the paper does not reach at least the bottom of the second page, a point penalty may be taken. II. Research Paper The following is an overview of requirements for the research paper. Final details are available at the course website. Topic: You must choose from the list of approved topics from the course website. This list changes each term but will offer you a large array of potential topics from which to choose. Source material: A minimum of four appropriate sources are required, with no more than one encyclopedia or dictionary entry included. Length: The body of the paper must be words (which translates to roughly 5 pages). Writing: You are expected to paraphrase from sources. A maximum of one short quote (properly prepared and cited) is allowed, as long as it does not begin or end the paper. Plagiarism is unacceptable. A formal writing style is required and first person writing is not appropriate. continued
5 TR class - p. 5 (Research paper requirements, continued) Format: The paper must be submitted as a Word document in either MLA or APA formatting. These will require 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, 1 margins, and double spacing; each format has additional requirements. The course website has templates available for your use, plus information on how to write in-text citations and reference entries. Submission: Submit as one Word document attachment to the professor s . Deadline: Submit the paper no earlier than April 1st and no later than April 29th. Grading: See rubric below. Paper Grading Rubric Requirement Possible Points The body of the paper provides sufficient and correct information to cover the topic well, and is words in length The content is well organized and logical The writing style is formal and there are few, if any, writing errors. A maximum of one quote is used (and is neither presented as the beginning or the end of the paper) A minimum of four appropriate sources were chosen, with no more than one encyclopedia or dictionary entry included The format is either MLA or APA, and citations and reference entries are complete and appropriately placed Total possible points Assessment of Student Learning Grade Distribution/Weight 17.5% Exam No. 1 Music fundamentals and instruments 17.5% Exam No. 2 Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Periods 17.5% Exam No. 3 Viennese Classical and Romanticism 17.5% Exam No. 4 The Modern Era 15% Research Paper On an approved topic (see website) 15% Concert Reviews 4 public performances each with completed form, paper, and program Grading Scale % = A 80-89% = B 70-79% = C 60-69% = D Under 60% = F Test Information Test questions will be mainly multiple choice, plus true-false, and matching with around points per exam. Approximately one-fifth of all exams will be comprised of audio musical identification, either a composer, style, form, piece name, or the like (Exam No. 1 will only include of instruments, meter and texture). The last exam (Exam No. 4) is not cumulative and is scheduled for the final exam time. A review sheet with terminology, composers names and specific listening titles, etc. will be made available prior to each exam. All exams must be taken during the planned testing time. Makeups are only in cases of a serious emergency (only one makeup per semester). Exceptions are also made if the Disability Services office has notified the instructor of an issue that requires the student to take the exam independently. During exams you will be asked to give enough elbow room between you and your neighbor. The instructor also holds the right to require assigned seating, if necessary. The exams will be somewhat equally spaced; dates will be announced in class as the term progresses.
6 TR class - p. 6 Attendance policy Attendance is taken in this class, as a large part of your learning occurs right in the classroom, listening to music and taking notes. Come to class on time. An attendance sheet will be sent around the room within the very first few minutes of class. After that time, you are still welcome to enter the classroom and participate, but will need to talk to me after class. All absences are considered the same (there is no excused absence, as it still precludes you from the classroom learning environment). Work also cannot be used as an excuse for missing classes. Illness, flat tires, and other circumstances occur; please keep this in mind so that you attend every class you possibly can. Number of absences * Outcome No more than 1 +4% added to final grade 7 or more Failure of course * Class time missed for habitual tardiness or leaving early can accrue as absences. Classroom Rules No food is allowed in the classroom, however closed-container drinks are allowed. Behavior Policies After class has started students are not allowed to read magazines or newspapers, sleep, write letters, study for other classes, text or use their cell phones for any other purpose, talk during lectures or listening examples, make rude or inappropriate comments, or leave before the end of class without notifying the teacher prior to class. All electronic devices are forbidden during the class hour. This includes portable music devices with headphones and other electronic games and equipment. Cell phones absolutely must be turned off during class time; you may not answer a call in the classroom or use it for texting during class. If you re texting (or whatever) on it while your instructor is trying to talk and concentrate, or play some incredible piece of music, obviously you are not listening actively, plus you are also showing me your overall attitude towards the class. If you expect an emergency, set your cell phone to vibrate, notify the teacher at the beginning of class, and leave the room if you do receive a call. Cell phones may not be used to take notes. Cheating and Plagiarism Policy Students who cheat on an exam or plagiarize in the research paper or concert reviews will receive an F for the entire course. Examples of exam cheating include but are not limited to the use of cheat sheets, copying answers, and allowing someone to copy your answers. College protocol allows the teacher to investigate such incidents. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations are provided at Black Hawk College to ensure equal opportunity and access for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, contact BHC Disability Services, Building 1, Room 241, on the Quad-Cities Campus ( ) or the Educational Advisor on the East Campus ( ). Students with Mobility Disabilities can register with Disability Services for Emergency Evacuation Planning and Procedures for the BHC campus by dropping off their current schedule of classes and a contact telephone number to Disability Services (QC). Title IX Statement Black Hawk College is committed to fostering a safe, productive learning environment. Title IX and school policy prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual misconduct - including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We understand that sexual violence can undermine students academic success and we encourage students who have experienced some form of sexual misconduct to talk to someone about their experience so they can get the support they need. Faculty and instructors are not confidential resources and are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, who can provide information about resources and options. Visit to 1) find confidential resources, 2) request interim protective measures and academic accommodations, and 3) file a complaint. Miscellaneous For more information about academic policies and procedures, student services, activities, and other services available, please refer to the Student Handbook.