MUS2611 MUSIC APPRECIATION
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.
MUS 2611 - Music Appreciation (3 Hrs.)
Music is an essential part of our social and cultural fabric. Music Appreciation is designed to broaden the understanding of the various aspects of music and its relationship to history and the world around us. No musical background is necessary.
The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course outline or syllabus meet or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Groups project for this course as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Music is an essential part of our social and cultural fabric. Music appreciation is designed to broaden the understanding of the various aspects of music and its relationship to history and the world around us.
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
- Identify and describe the elements of melody, harmony, pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, form, and dynamics.
- Identify the expressive qualities of the elements of music through listening experiences.
- Describe the general characteristics of musical genres and the relationship to their cultural/historical settings.
- Demonstrate knowledge of music artists, composers, and compositions related to the context of the course.
- Critically evaluate the role of music in their lives.
Units Outcomes and Clock Hours of Instruction for Core Curriculum:
The following outline defines the minimum core content, not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS
Outcomes: Identify and describe the elements of melody, harmony, pitch, rhythm, timbre/tone color, texture, form, and dynamics.
- Recognize various musical textures
- Identify various rhythms
- Define musical terms
- Differentiate musical timbres/tone colors
UNIT 2: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Outcomes: Students will describe the general characteristics of music genres and their relationship to cultural/historical settings.
- List major composers and their compositions
- Recall style period dates
- Breakdown major compositional forms within each period
- Chart the evolution of various musical ensembles
- Associate various style periods with their cultural/historical backdrop
UNIT 3: ACTIVE LISTENING
Outcomes: Students will identify the expressive qualities of the elements of music.
- Aurally Identify various musical instrument families
- Describe various musical forms and structures
- Classify thematic motives and materials
- Accurately use concrete musical vocabulary to describe various pieces of music
UNIT 4: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Outcomes: Students will evaluate the role of music in their lives as well as their evolving level of musical citizenship.
- Comment on a live musical performance
- Collaborate on a group research project
- Measure the level of personal musical exposure
- Develop a personal musical citizenship narrative
As assigned in class
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The instructor will outline the grading policy in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define a credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The college shall assign the number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class and which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.