Music Appreciation (MUSC/HUM-2573I)

Fall 2010 MWF (Noon – 12:50 p) 3 Credit Hours

Rogers State University Health Sciences 131 or KRSC-TV

Office: Baird Hall 217D, Claremore Campus

Professor: Dr. Hugh Foley      E-mail: or through Angel



Willoughby, David. The World of Music, 7th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

The book should be packaged set of compact discs that have the same title as the book.

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES: Music Appreciation seeks to inform the student about the indigenous beginnings of North American music, to explain 20th Century music in terms of the origins of the popular styles of blues, jazz, country, rock, and pop, and survey the Western "Classical" tradition from the middle ages to the 20th century. The class concludes with lectures on the significant music produced by Oklahomans. Goals for the class range from raising awareness of the various elements, origins, and developments in music, as well as enhancing critical thinking skills of evaluating music and then putting a cognitive critique in writing. By the end of the course, the student should have the background for appreciating the major genres of music with which they are most likely to come into contact in the United States, as well as having a deeper ability to appreciate the various primary elements of any musical creation and /or performance.


1.     Listening Journal: After clicking on the link at the left, students will see the listening assignments they will be required to listen and respond to. Students will use the terminology we have developed over the course of the semester in their critical responses to the music that is on the student CDs, as well as the internet for research to help contextualize some of the music. As long as the student responds sincerely and thoroughly to the questions in the journal, full credit will be given for the journal assignments. Journals should be typed with a 12 font, double spaced, and stapled together in the upper left-hand corner. Journals are due Monday, November 28, 2011.

2.    Music listening experience essays.

       a. The first essay should be a 750-word essay explicating a favorite compact disc, album, or personal playlist of at least ten songs. The essay should incorporate at least twenty-five terms from Part 1 of The World of Music (pages 26 through 39 in section titled “The Elements of Music) and/or from "Appendix B" and/or from the book’s “Glossary” (pages 305 through 326). Students should also include a thesis statement about the album or song list, such as “Artist X’s new album, So and So, is excellent because of the songwriting, production, and Ms. X’s outstanding singing ability.” The terms used should be indicated in the essay by putting the terms in boldface type. The first essay is due Monday, October 10th.

      b. The second essay will be a 1,000 word essay about a musical experience the student will attend. The student will describe the music in detail with regard to instrumentation, setting and staging, number of performers on what instruments, style of music played, musical arrangement, musicians’ playing styles, and audience response. Within the essay, students should incorporate at least twenty-five of the musical terms from Part 1 of The World of Music (pages 26 through 39 in section titled “The Elements of Music) and/or from "Appendix B" and the “Glossary” (pages 305 through 326). Students should also include a thesis statement about the album or song list, such as “The X concert was great because of the instrumentation, the crowd’s reaction, and the great lead guitar player.”  The terms used should be indicated in the essay by putting the terms in boldface type. The second essay is due Monday, November 21st.

4.     Each student will take a mid-term and final exam. The mid-term and final exams must be taken in one of RSU’s testing centers in Claremore, Bartlesville, or Pryor. The exams will cover material discussed in class from the book, as well as the instructor’s comments and lectures outside of the book.

 COURSE OUTLINE (roughly follows the 16 week academic schedule):

Week 1: Chapter 1 Introduction to the World of Music

             Chapters 2 & 3 Listening and Understanding: The Nature and Elements of Music

Weeks 2 and 3: Chapter 8 Music of the Americas

Week 4: Chapters 4 & 5 Folk Music, the Blues, and American Religious Music

Week 5: Chapter 7 Country and Western Music

Week 6: Chapter 6 Jazz in America

Week 7: Chapter 7 American Popular Music (Pre-20th century/Tin Pan Alley)

Week 8: Chapter 7 American Popular Music (20th/21st century overview)

Week 9:  MID-TERM EXAM (October 19, 2011)

Week 10: Chapter 10 Music to 1600

Week 11: Chapter 11 Music of the Baroque (1600-1750)

Week 12: Chapter 12 Music of the Classical Period (1750-1820)

Week 13: Chapter 13 Music of the Romantic Period (19th Century)

Week 14: Chapters 14&15 Music of the 20th Century I & II

Week 15: Music of Oklahoma

Week 16: Final Exam (December 5 and 6, 2011)


Grading Procedures:

Mid-term Exam: 100 points possible

Final Exam: 100 points possible

Essay 1: 100 points possible

Essay 2: 100 points possible

Listening Journal: 100 points possible


Grading Scale

A= 450 – 500 points

B= 400 – 449 points

C=350 to 399 points

D=300 to 349 points

 F= 299 points and below

Absentee Policy: I do not have an absentee policy. Since this some of you will watch this class at home, taking attendance is difficult. However, I will call roll once or twice and ask you to confirm you presence via e-mail for financial aid purposes. All classes are recorded and placed on reserve in the Stratton Taylor Library. Therefore, students are responsible for any material they may have missed due to an absence. I am not responsible from withdrawing you from the class should you decide to drop the course. The student is responsible for withdrawing themselves from the class.

Academic Misconduct: Students are expected to follow university policies as put foth in the institution’s Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct. For more information, see

Plagiarism Statement: Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as one’s own, including: direct quotation without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted; e.g. quotation marks; paraphrase without attribution; paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the author’s own; expression in one’s own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common knowledge.

ADA Statement: Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of academic accommodation must inform the professor of such need during or immediately following the first class attended. Before any educational accommodation can be provided, it is the responsibility of each student to prove eligibility for assistance by registering for services through Student Affairs.

Non-Academic Misconduct: In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with The Student Code. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, especially in the broadcast classroom where the public may hear or view disruptive behavior. Respectful conduct is an absolute must.


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