Department of Fine Arts

Albany State University




Course Number: MUSC 1100.01


Title: Music Appreciation


Credit Hours: O3


Course Description: Introduction to the elements of music.  Study of important composers, forms, styles, and media of Western art music and American vernacular musics, especially jazz and the blues.  The course will concentrate on music normally heard

in concert and recital halls (art music written from about 1780-1920 AD), but will also include some examples from early Western art music (music written before about 1750 AD), and various types of American popular music and jazz of the 20th century.  In addition, this course is concerned with three factors:


1) Introducing students to a very basic outline of the history of Western civilization, and the interrelationships between music, art, religion, politics, and intellectual thought. Examples of questions to be considered are as follows: What and when was the “Age of Enlightenment”?  How did the thinking of intellectuals during this time influence historical events?  How did the thinking of this time influence art and music?


2) Giving students practice developing writing skills through a brief writing assignment.


3) Introducing students to the use of technology through the use of web lessons.


Term and Year: Fall 2018


Class meeting: M-W-F 9:00-9:50


Class Location: FAC 203






Name of Instructor: Michael D. Martin


Office Location: FAC 140


Office Telephone Number: 430-3658


Other Telephone Number: 430-4849


Email address


Office Hours: As posted






Todd, R. Larry. Discovering Music, ONLINE edition. Students will purchase online access from Oxford Univ. Press website. Approximate Price: $50


Internet resources for this class can be found at; click on MUSC 1100 at bottom of page









At the conclusion of the course, students will:


1. has developed the ability to listen to recorded and live music both from analytical and aesthetic viewpoints;

2. understand the elements of music and how these elements are treated in various styles of music;

3. understand the historical development of Western art music from the Middle Ages to the present;

4. recognize different genres and styles of Western art music;

5. have become familiar with some of the most significant composers and compositions in the history of Western


6. develop a basic understanding of the development of Western civilization and the interrelationships between

music, art, religion, politics, and intellectual thought;

7. understand the historical development and basic elements of various types  of American musics, including jazz,

blues, musical theater, and rock;

8. be able to make use of technology and the internet to enhance academic performance.


















8/13-9/5    Course introduction, Elements of Music


Test #1-Friday, August 31st


9/5-10/1    Parts 1-3: Medieval, Renaissance and

             Baroque Music


Test #2-Monday, October 1st


10/3-10/29    Parts 4 and 5: Classical and

             Romantic Music


Test #3-Friday, November 2nd


11/5-11/28   Part 6: The Twentieth Century


Concert Attendance Report Due-Wednesday, November 28th


Test #4 (non-comprehensive final): TBA


This syllabus is a guide.  It may be varied a needed.







Concert Attendance/Critique: During the semester, you are required to attend one performance of live music.  A list

of concerts will be provided to students.  A brief summary/reaction paper will be written for the concert (about

500 words-2 pages).  This paper is due by the last class day.  The format for these papers will be discussed in







Writing is integral to teaching and learning in all disciplines.  Writing activities in this course will be evaluated and

may include a variety of in-class and out-of-class writing assignments and forms of essay writing required on












Resources for this class may be found at D2L (Desire 2 Learn) and at




All cell phones and other electronic deviced should be turned off during class





If you are an individual with a disability and require accommodations, please discuss this with the instructor during the first week of class (preferably, immediately after the first class period).  It is your responsibility to inform the Counseling and Student Disability Services (CSDS), in room 140 in the Reese Student Union, of your disability; the Student Disability Coordinator can be reached at (229) 430-1711/4667.  The instructor will, upon receipt of a letter from the Office of Student Disability Services, make the recommended academic accommodations for you.


Dress Code: None


Sexual Harassment Policy:

Albany State University (“ASU” or “University”) is committed to providing a positive and rewarding educational experience and a safe campus environment which acknowledges the dignity and worth of every individual. The purpose of this policy is to prohibit any form of sexual discrimination by or against any campus constituent and to ensure that every report of sexual discrimination is taken seriously and that prompt and appropriate action is taken.

Sexual misconduct is a serious threat to the University community, a violation of University policy, prohibited by Title IX and in some instances a criminal act. In accordance with Title IX, the University is committed to (1) prohibiting acts of sexual misconduct; (2) providing comprehensive support to the alleged victim while safeguarding the due process rights of the accused; and (3) clearly identifying, defining and articulating behavioral standards and expectations required of all members of the University community. Albany State University constituents are expected to adhere to Sexual Misconduct policy 4.1.7 as prescribed by the University System of Georgia. The policy is outlined below.


Gun Carry Policy:

While current law already allows license-holders to keep weapons secured in motor vehicles, beginning on July 1, House Bill 280 will allow anyone who is properly licensed in the State of Georgia to carry a handgun in a concealed manner on property owned or leased by public colleges and universities, with some exceptions as explained below. It will not allow any other type of gun to be carried around campus; nor will it allow handguns to be carried openly. (House Bill 280 does not apply, however, to institution-sponsored events or excursions away from campus on property not owned or leased by a University System institution.)

The statute defines concealed as “carried in such a fashion that does not actively solicit the attention of others and is not prominently, openly, and intentionally displayed except for purposes of defense of self or others.” A license-holder therefore may carry a handgun while it is substantially (“but not necessarily completely”) covered by an article of clothing he or she is wearing, or contained within a bag (“of a nondescript nature”) he or she is carrying, or in another similar manner that generally keeps it out of the view of others.

There are a number of exceptions to the new law that limit the places on campus where handguns may be carried. Even license-holders may not carry a handgun into the following locations on college/university-owned or leased property:

·                  Buildings and property used for athletic sporting events. This exception includes stadiums, gymnasiums and similar facilities in which intercollegiate games are staged (but does not extend to so-called “tailgating” areas where fans may congregate outside the gates of the sports facility). It does not extend to student recreation centers and similar facilities that are not used for intercollegiate games.

·                  Student housing facilities including residence halls and similar buildings where students live such as fraternity and sorority houses. (Note that any housing that is not on property owned or leased by a University System institution is not covered by House Bill 280.)

·                  Spaces – including any room, continuous collection of rooms or outdoor facility – that are used for preschool or childcare. In order to qualify, preschool and childcare spaces must have controlled access (meaning access via personnel stationed at the door or an electronic mechanism) limited to authorized people.

·                  Rooms and other spaces during the times when they are being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled, whether through dual enrollment and programs such as Move On When Ready or through college and career academies or other specialized programs such as Early College. License-holders who want to carry handguns to class will need to visit the institution’s registrar or other designated employee, who after verifying their enrollment status will tell them which of their classes, if any, have high school students enrolled. Institutions shall not, however, keep any listing of those who inquire. (Note also that the names of enrolled high school students may not be revealed in accordance with applicable privacy laws.) It is the responsibility of license-holders to seek out this information and make themselves aware of which classrooms fall within this exception.

·                  Faculty, staff and administrative offices. This exception includes offices and office suites occupied by faculty, staff and administrators but does not include more general public common spaces outside of those areas.

·                  Rooms during the times when they are being used for disciplinary proceedings of any kind, including those regarding students, faculty or staff. These would include any meetings or hearings that are part of the University System’s or the institution’s sexual misconduct, student conduct, dispute resolution, grievance, appeals or similar processes.

Under the new law, it is a misdemeanor crime for a license-holder to carry a handgun “in a manner or in a building, property, room, or space in violation of” these provisions. Doing so also may be a violation of the institution’s student code of conduct and personnel rules. It will be the responsibility of those license- holders who choose to carry handguns on campus to know the law and to understand where they can go while carrying. Institutions will not provide gun storage facilities or erect signs outside restricted areas.

Each institution will need to review its campus conduct and weapons policies to ensure that they comply with these changes to the law. While House Bill 280 provides for specific exceptions where handguns may not go, it does not give individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses. Institutions therefore may not place additional restrictions or prohibitions on the carrying of handguns beyond those contained in the law. Neither should anyone else attempt to interfere with the ability of license-holders to carry concealed handguns on campus.

It is incumbent upon each of us to follow the law. Students, faculty and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns. Only law enforcement personnel, including the University System’s more than 800 POST-certified officers, will be responsible for enforcing the law. If others have concerns or questions, they should contact their campus law enforcement departments. In the coming weeks, the University System Office of Safety and Security will be providing training to campus law enforcement officers.





Class attendance: Regular attendance is expected.  You are responsible for all material covered and announcements

made during class.  If you have a valid reason for an absence on an examination day, I will allow you to make up

the test at a mutually convenient time, but no later than one week following your return. You must notify me in

advance if you are going to miss an exam, otherwise no make-up will be given. There are no make-ups for the

listening part of the exams or the final exam.






1. Four tests (listening and written) will be given (see course calendar for  dates). All tests will cover material from

assigned readings, class notes, and audio/visual presentations during class.  The internet resources will be very

helpful in preparing for these tests. The listening part of the tests will cover musical examples from the recordings purchased with your book.  Tests are multiple choice and will  be computer graded. You will need a sharpened #2 pencil for each test and scantrons, which can be purchased in the bookstore. (20% each of   final grade=80% total).


2. Concert attendance/reaction report (20% of your final grade).


Grading Scale: 90%-A; 80%-B; 70%-C; 60%-D; below 60%-F





I rarely cancel classes.  In case of an emergency situation, I will notify the department secretary, and she will place a note on the classroom door prior to the start of class.






September 3 Labor Day Holiday

October 1-2 Mid-term examinations

October 4 Last day to drop a course and withdraw from school with a “W”

November 22-24 Thanksgiving Holidays

November 30 Classes end

December 1-6 Final examinations

December 8 Commencement