Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Highlands College

Music Appreciation
Music 1100 
  • Robert C. Adams
  • Email –
  • Office – Bartow Center 229 
  • 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, 11th Ed. 
  • Accompanied by the Recordings DVD
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 and these are found on my website). 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 current semester. The student will bring in the program with a two to three page typed report. The report 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.  These reports serve as your final examination. More information concerning the concert reports can be found on my website. The reports are due during the last week of the semester.
IC @ GHC Presentation:
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 four 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. This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.  To learn more about this program visit our website at
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
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. There are NO make-ups for the listening exams.
    • For classes that meet twice a week—after the fifth absence, the student will not be allowed to return to class until he/she has met with the division chair.
    • For classes that meet once a week—after the third absence, the student will not be allowed to return to class until he/she has met with the division chair.
    • Each instructor will decide whether to distinguish between excused/unexcused absences in    his/her classes.
    • Based on Humanities Division Policy, a student who misses five classes may not return to the class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within 3-5 days following the fifth absence. Otherwise the student may not return to the class and no appeal will be allowed.
  3. 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.
  4. Please be respectful. In other words – please refrain from using cell/mobile phones and media devices. Laptops are permissible as long as you are only taking notes in class. Students will be dismissed from class for any violation of this policy.
  5. Disability Statement: Students who feel that they need accommodation due to a disability should feel free to discuss this with me early in the term. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations may be made (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact: Cartersville 678-872-8004; Douglasville and Floyd 706-368-7536; Marietta 678-915-5021; Paulding 678-946-1029. 
  6. 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 class.  Students 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 student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 
  7. Policies on student conduct and academic integrity: Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are in the College’s “Student Rights & Responsibilities” document.  This can be accessed via the following URL:
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.

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