MUSC 1101 Syllabus | Update News

Savannah State University
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Liberal Arts
MUSC 1101 05 and MUSC 1101 06: Music Appreciation
PAYNE HALL Room 210: Tuesday & Thursday
Instructor: Professor Jacquelyn Hamilton           Office: Kennedy 112    
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12pm-4pm
Class Times:  9:30am-10:45am; 11:00am-12:15pm
Text/Workbook Materials
The Enjoyment of Music; Forney, K. & Machlis, J. (11thShorter Edition) (January 2011)    
ISBN 978-0-393-93415-1
Study Space:
Also available as an ebook:
COURSE DESCRIPTION: MUSC 1101 Music Appreciation 3 Credits
An introductory music course which emphasizes the repertoire most frequently heard in concert halls today—music from the baroque period to the present. Course content includes jazz, American popular idioms, and music from a wide span of cultures, including Indian, Arabic, Indonesian, African, Japanese, and Chinese. 
This course will be largely based on traditional lecture format and it will rely on extensive use of audio and video materials. In preparation for each lecture, students are expected to read ahead in their textbooks and take advantage of the Study Space ( covering the individual chapters listed in the course schedule.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this course you will be able to:
1.       Make informed judgements about music forms from various cultures including one’s own culture. 
2.       Recognize the fine, literary, and performing arts as expression of human experience.
3.       Discern the impact and role of artistic and literary achievement in society and one’s personal life.  
4.       Ability to demonstrate or articulate an understanding of the elements of music. 
5.       Ability to gain an appreciation of western classical music including jazz.
CLASS PROCEDURES AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: This course will generally follow the textbook and recordings roughly in order. You should read and listen to the relevant items before they are discussed in class. Even if you do not understand some materials, you should attempt to complete the reading and listening before the scheduled class meeting.
You should carry your textbook and notebook to all class meetings. You should take notes about any information presented in class.  Following the class, you should re-read the relevant passages in the textbook and re-listen to the recorded items.  You may find it useful to form study groups so that you may help one another in your preparations for class and for tests. You are not, however, allowed to collaborate on any graded assignments in this class.
CLASS DECORUM:  Electronic devices, cellular phones, PDAs and pagers are often times important means to communicate.  These devices, however, can be disruptive for the user and others when activated in classrooms.  As a matter of respect to others in the classroom, you are not to engage in conversations unrelated to the current activities of this course, use cell phones or other electronic devices (turn off such items before entering my classroom), or work on anything unrelated to MUSC 1101 (assignments for other courses, newspapers, puzzles, etc.) during class time. Individuals engaged in such activities will be asked once to cease. The second time they will be told to leave the classroom. Repeat offenders may be expelled from the class.  Additionally, you are asked to remove any trash (especially snack wrappers and waste) when you leave. FULL MEALS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN CLASS!  Please help to keep the room clean for yourselves and others.
COMMUNICATION: It is your obligation to read, follow, and complete all assignments and other instructions (verbal or written) given to you in the course of this semester. You are responsible for any information or instructions given out in any of the following ways:
  • Class Announcements: At the beginning of class, I may make brief announcements about important information related to MUSC 1101. You are responsible for this information, whether you are present or not at that time. Be prompt to class.
  • Email:  Questions about unclear materials should be sent to me via email, and these may be answered individually or at the beginning of a subsequent class (as appropriate).  Feel free to send questions or notify me of problems at any time via email, but make sure that your message includes (1) a header with the word “MUSC 1101″ and (2) your full name at the end of the message. I will not answer any message that is not properly identified or lacks a full name. I will generally respond within 24 hours.
  • Course Web Pages: A set of web pages for this course has been established at: Http://  All course information will be posted there, including copies of the syllabus, schedule, review materials and links to other useful information. When in doubt about any assignment, refer to the web pages. These pages will be updated throughout the semester.
  • Office Hours & Out of Class: Official office hours will be posted on my door and on the course web page. Additionally, I will be glad to speak with you at any time that I am not otherwise occupied, but to ensure that I will be available, set up an appointment (via email or phone message). For emergencies, please call me at my office and leave a message if I am not in, or use email.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: A tentative listing of all class meetings, topics for discussion, readings, and due dates may be found on the relevant web page for this course.  Chapter review sheets will be posted on the course web site. These items will help you to organize your notes and guide your studies.
TESTING PROCEDURES: Dates for all tests will be announced at least one week in advance.
During graded exams you may not keep any large personal items with you (book bags, skateboards, etc. must be placed away from your seats, preferably at the front and sides of the room). Please note that I assume no responsibility for the security of your belongings. Bring only what you need to class on test days, and if possible, secure your valuable items elsewhere before class.  Students may not leave the classroom once testing begins.
During graded exams you may not have any personal electronic devices (cell phones, PDAs, games, etc.) or other study items visible to the proctors. If a proctor can see such an item (whether it is in use or not), you will be assumed to be cheating and dealt with accordingly.
Policy for Make-up Exams and Quizzes: 
Exams: Make-ups for exams will be allowed only in the four following cases, all of which require documentation:
  1. Sustained illness (generally 3 or more consecutive days) requiring treatment by a physician. [produce a note from the attending physician]
  2. Death in the immediate family (defined as parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent) within five calendar days prior to a test. [copy of the obituary required]
  3. Officially sanctioned SSU activities in which you are a regular team or group member. [produce a note from the sponsor or coach]
  4. Observation of a religious holiday. [documentation of the holiday and your affiliation required]
Other excuses will be considered, but may not be approved as a viable excuse.  In other words, the professor decides whether or not student qualifies for a Make-up Exam. 
Daily Quizzes: Be on time!  Quizzes will be given every class during the first 5 minutes.  Quizzes will test on the assigned reading for each class, or homework research topics.  NO MAKE UP QUIZZES. 
Failure to appear at an announced exam /quiz will result in a grade of “0″ (zero) for the assessment. Late arrivals at tests will not be given any additional time to complete the test, nor will instructions or audio portions of the test be repeated.
No extra credit work will be accepted in lieu of or in addition to the tests.
HONOR CODE: All graded work, i.e., tests and quizzes, in this class must be your work alone. You are never to collaborate with anyone on tests in this class, and you are not allowed to use your text, notes, or other aides of any kind when you are testing.  Violators will be given zeros for such work as grades.
90-100              A
80-89                B
70-79                C
60-69                D
59 & Below      F
Grading Policies:
·         Tests 30%                                            
·         Quizzes/Assignments 10%
·         Term Paper 30%
·      Listening Final Exam: 30%
ATTENDANCE:  Keep in mind that MUSC 1101 meets only twice a week.  Your attendance is NECESSARY for success in this class.  Credit may or may not be awarded for any course if the number of absences exceeds the number of times that the class meets per week.  Students who exceed the allowed number of absences in any course may receive a grade of “F”.
Students with perfect attendance will receive extra incentives (including no tardies or leaving class early.)  The only excused absences are for college-required field trips and will require authentication.
Savannah State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities, as required under federal law. The purpose of disability accommodation is to provide equal access to the academic material and equal access to demonstrate mastery of the material. Students with disabilities must meet all the academic requirements and standards of the class, including the attendance policy. If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact Amelia Castilian-Moore, Coordinator of Disability Services at (912) 358 3115 or [email protected] The Office of Counseling and Disability Services is located in King Frazier 233. You will need to meet with Ms. Castilian-Moore, who can help you gather documentation of your disability or refer you to an appropriate resource for assessment. Once documentation of the disability is gathered and approved, Ms. Castilian-Moore will provide you with an Accommodation Letter, detailing the appropriate, approved accommodations, which you should present to me so we can discuss and implement your accommodations. 
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Statement:
In support of the Savannah State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, “The Write Attitude,” and the outcomes of this course, students will produce a minimum of 10 pages of writing during the semester in a variety of forms. These include but are not limited to Assignments and a Term Paper.
The proper format for written assignments are as follows:  typed, 12pt, doubled space, New Times Roman, 1” margins top and bottom, 1.25” margins left and right.  All papers will conform to MLA format.
DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!  Plagiarism will earn a student a zero grade for the class, not just for the paper.  Plagiarism is a serious offence and is grounds for failure of the course and expulsion from the university.  To avoid copyright infringement all paraphrased resource material should be properly cited.  Successful completion of these papers fulfills all three of the course’s student learning objectives: communication ability, life-long learning ability, and the critical thinking ability.
Papers not turned in on time will be penalized one (1) letter grade (10 points).  Papers will not be accepted more than one (1) day late.  All papers must be turned in as “hard copies;” no e-mail papers allowed.
A minimum of three (3) sources should be used and only one may be an encyclopedia (such as Grove’s, Baker’s, etc., but not Wikipedia).  You may use only ONE non-encyclopedic source from the Internet and must give the complete URL address to be used.  Please do not use the class textbook or quote professor via your class notes.  A bibliography must be attached in standard form.  Additional points will be subtracted for lack of source citations or for insufficient paper length.
Grammar, spelling, and proper term paper form will count.  Do not use terms you do not understand.  Do not include lists of composer’s works, graphs, and pictures within the body of the paper.  Any lists should be as an addendum and not counted as part of the required page.
Description of the characteristics of each musical eras.
Description of the vocal and instrumental music.
Discussion of major composers and their primary musical works using appropriate music terminology/vocabulary 
Crediting of sources in text of paper using proper style 
Correct form of bibliography (3 sources) 
Correct spelling, usage of words, overall neatness 
19th& 21st
Lecture: Prelude, Chapters 1& 2
Chapter 1 Critical Thinking Questions
26th& 28th
Review & Lecture: Prelude & Chapters1- 3
Chapter 2 Critical Thinking Questions
Chapter 3 Critical Thinking Questions
27th  – Non-Attendance Deadline
Lecture: Chapter 10 & Chapter 11
Chapter 10 and Chapter 11 Critical Thinking
Midterm Grades
Test III Review Chapter 8-11
Review Worksheets
9th & 10th  – Fall Break
Last day to drop/withdraw w/o academic penalty
14th & 16th
21st & 23rd
Lecture on Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque Eras
28th & 30th
Test IV Review on Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque Eras
Review Worksheet & Music Listening Assignments
Test I Review
Chapter 3 Critical Thinking Questions
Music & Me Essay
Review Worksheet
9th & 11th
Test I (Prelude – Chapter 3 and School Hymn)
Lecture: Chapter 5- 7
Chapter 5 Critical Thinking Questions
16th & 18th
Review & Lecture: Chapters 6 & 7
Chapter 6 Critical Thinking Questions
Chapter 7 CriticalThinking Questions
Music Listening Assignments
23rd & 25th  
Test II Review (Chapters 5-7)
Review Worksheet
Lecture: Chapters 8 & 9
Chapter 8 & 9 Critical Thinking Questions
Lecture on Classical, Romantic, & Modern Music Eras
Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque Review Worksheet &Music Listening Assignment Due on 3
Take Home Test IV
 11th & 13th
Test V Review on Classical, Romantic, & Modern Music Eras
Review Worksheet & Music Listening Assignment
Take Home Test V
American Music (Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, Blues, etc.)
In class listening examples and exercises
Founder’s Day – No Class
Grade Check for Final Exam Exemptions
Final Exam Review
Last Day of Classes
9th – 12  FINAL EXAMS
10th– Graduating Seniors Grades due 9am
This syllabus may be revised, if circumstances warrant. You will be notified formally if any changes are made.

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