Georgia Highlands College

Music Appreciation

Music 1100



                  Robert C. Adams

                  Email –

Office/Phone – Bartow Center 229/ X8062

Office Hours – to be determined prior to each semester

                  Please feel free to Email me with any questions


Semester Hours' Credit: 3 hours


Prerequisite: None


Course Description:

                  Music appreciation is an introduction to Western classical, jazz, folk, and popular music, and to the music of non-western cultures. The class will involve discussion of music in its social and historical context using recordings, films, and live performances. No previous knowledge of music is required.

Textbook and Supplementary Materials:

                  Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney, The Enjoyment of Music, 10th Ed.

                                    (The text includes a set of 4 CD's)



Course Purpose:

                  The purpose of music appreciation is to develop one's awareness and sensitivity to good music (which includes a wide range of musical genres) through live performances and recordings. No previous knowledge of music is required. The course is open to anyone who wishes to develop a knowledge and love of good music. The main focus of the course is to expose the student to as much music as possible to achieve the goal of broadening the students' enjoyment of music.

Course Outcomes for MUSC 1100 (Music Appreciation):  

-Students will develop a better understanding of the elements of music and how these affect the sound and style of music.

-Students will gain knowledge of Western musical styles and their historic context.

-Students will develop an awareness of major composers, their contributions to music, and their prospective stylistic significance.

-Students will identify assigned musical works by means of listening quizzes.

-Students will attend classical music events, as determined appropriate by the instructor, and will write concert reports on their listening experiences.  

-Students will come away with a new artistic experience which they may continue to explore in more advanced ways, relate to other course work or assimilate into their own personal lives as expressive human beings. 






1)     Students will demonstrate their ability to express ideas logically and clearly in standard written English

2)     Students will demonstrate their ability to read, analyze, and                      

            comprehend college level written texts.


Computing Technology

1)   Students will demonstrate ability to use discipline specific

      software to enhance their understanding of the discipline.



1)     Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between language and culture.

2)     Students will be able to analyze major themes relevant to the humanities.

3)     Students will gain a deeper perspective on cultural issues relevant               

                  to the humanities.

4)     Students will understand historical issues pertinent to their coursework in the humanities.

5)     Students will demonstrate knowledge of relevant terminology in

            humanities courses.

6)     Students will be able to write personal, cogent interpretations about a

         work of art.

7)     Students will be able to place literature and other artistic works into a

      historical context.


Course Requirements:



                  There will be six tests during the semester (the fourth and last test will be listening recognition only). The tests will be made up of a blend of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank(s), matching, short-answer, and listing. The tests are based on the material covered since the last exam; therefore the last test will not be comprehensive.


Concert Attendance & Reports:

                  Students are required to attend two live classical concerts during the semester (for the summer terms the requirement is one). The student will bring in the program with a two to three page typed report for each concert. The reports should include discussion of the actual event, what you liked and disliked, and then a specific analysis of two numbers/movements/songs from the concert/recital/opera/etc.  The reports serve as the final examination.


Final Project:

                  Adhering to the mission of IC@GHC, the final project will be an opportunity to explore the life and master works of a 20th Century Classical composer. The project will be conducted in groups of three and presented in class by a power point presentation. The presentations are worth 100 points and will be presented at the end of the semester. The final project is not required for the DVD classes.



                  All grades during the semester will be numerical. The final grade will be evaluated by percentages based on the following scale:

                  A = 90- 100%     B= 80 – 89%                         C= 70- 79%

                  D = 60 – 69%      F = 59% and below

For example, if the total number of points that could be accumulated during the semester equals 815, and a student amasses 637, the percentage would equal 78%; the final grade would therefore be a C. Please keep up with your own grades!!!  I will not e-mail test scores or final grades. In order to do just that, here is a chart where you can easily track your progress in the class.

Test #1                                      _________ out of 100 points

Test #2                   _________ out of 100 points

Test #3                   _________ out of 100 points

LE #1                       _________ out of 75 points

Test #4                   _________ out of 115 points

LE #2                       _________ out of 75 points

CR #1                       _________ out of 75 points

CR #2                      _________ out of 75 points

IC Project             _________ out of 100 points

                  Total:    _________ divided by 815 equals __________ final average

(The total number of points for:

DVD classes – 715, summer DVD classes – 640, and live summer classes – 740) 





General Class Policies:

1)     Tests must be taken when scheduled. If there are extenuating circumstances that require you to miss a test, then you will be able to make-up the exam on the dates of the listening exams.

2)     Once again if any problems arise during the semester, if you are unable to attend class, or if you need any clarification on anything, please feel free to e-mail me.

3)     Disability Statement: Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the Student Support Center (706-802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations. You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.

4)     This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each classStudents who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the studentŐs financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

5)     Policies on student conduct and academic integrity: Please see:


Please find below a tentative course schedule. I reserve the right to alter these dates, material covered or format of any exam after notifying the class in advance.


This is a typical outline for each semester:


Week #1 – Syllabus and Introduction to Music Appreciation

Week #2 – The Materials of Music

Week #3 – The Medieval and Renaissance Periods

Week #4 – Test #1 and Introduction to the Baroque Period

Week #5 – Baroque Period Opera and Oratorio (G.F. Handel)

Week #6 – Baroque Period Cantata (J.S. Bach) and Concerto (A. Vivaldi)

Week #7 – Test #2 and Introduction to the Classic Period

Week #8 – Sonata Cycle (F.J. Haydn) and Mozart Biography Video

Week #9 – Mozart's The Magic Flute and Beethoven Biography Video

Week #10 – Beethoven's Contributions to the Symphony and Test #3

Week #11 – Listening Exam #1 and Romantic Period: The Symphony Progression

Week #12 – Nationalism and Salon Music

Week #13 – German Art Song and Romantic Opera

Week #14 – Test #4 and Listening Exam #2

Week #15 – IC group presentations (not required for DVD classes)