Music Appreciation

  • Music Appreciation

    Fall 2020



    Dr. Michael D. Murphy


    Fall 2020

    Meeting Days





    Briar Woods High School, Room 805




    Course Description:

    Increases the variety and depth of the student's interest, knowledge, and involvement in music and related cultural activities.  Acquaints the student with traditional and twentieth century music literature, emphasizing the relationship music has as an art form with man and society. Increases the student's awareness of the composers and performers of all eras through listening and concert experiences.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


    General Course Purpose:

    The course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic elements of music and the relationship of these elements to a musical composition.  The student will learn to recognize various musical forms and styles and will learn the correlation between the music found in various periods and other art and sociological factors.


    Course Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:

    Any student, regardless of musical background or lack thereof, may enroll for this course.


    Course Objectives:

    Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:


    1. understand the art of musical performance B. understand the contrasting elements of music from different periods C. describe the variances verbally as well as recognize them aurally. D. recognize basic musical shapes and compositional techniques E. correlate musical growth with the historical growth of art as a whole


    Major Topics to be Included:


    1. Stylistic analysis of the various musical periods B. Comparative study of music and related arts C. Study of basic compositional techniques and forms D. Study of all elements found in music E. Application of above knowledge to listening of recorded music F. Application of above knowledge to live performances in the form of a critique




    1. Actual class room performance B. In class discussions of groups that some class members may perform with C. In class demonstrations of various instruments.



    Required Instructional Materials:

    Software: “On Music Appreciation” ISBN: 978-0-9965838-5-5

    Publisher Connect4Education

    Provided by Loudoun County Public Schools



    Course Credit:

    College Credits: 3

    High School Credits: 6





    1. Grading Policies
    2. Grading Scale

              A= 100 - 90   B= 89 - 80   C= 79 - 70   D=69 - 60   F= 59 and below

    1. Please understand that this is a college course and late work may not be accepted or may be accepted with a penalty at the discretion of the instructor.
    2. In cases where district grading polices conflict with college grading policies, the high school and college grades may differ; this may include assignment/test retakes, extended assignment due dates, capped minimum grade allowed, among other such district policies.
    3. It is important that students check their final NOVA grades in SIS as soon as the course(s) completed.



    1. Course Policies
      1. Academic Integrity
    2. The College does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Students who are not honest in their academic work will face disciplinary action along with any grade penalty the instructor imposes. Procedures for disciplinary measures and appeals are outlined in the Student Handbook ( Penalties for academic dishonesty can include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, suspension, or in extreme cases may result in expulsion from the College. For more information about NOVA’s academic integrity:
    3. Plagiarism: is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one’s own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one’s own. In short, plagiarism means using the exact words, opinions, or factual information from another person without giving that person credit. Students who are not honest in their academic work will face disciplinary action along with any grade penalty the instructor imposes. For more information about student academic integrity:
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      1. Attendance Policy
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      1. Disabilities
    2. Students with disabilities are required to contact NOVA’s Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) to discuss possible accommodations. All information is kept confidential and may increase your chances of success in the academic setting. If accommodations are agreed upon, student will receive a Memorandum of Accommodation (MOA) by DSS. For more information about NOVA’s DSS office:
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    • The ‘drop’ date (also known as census date) for a course is the last day to drop a course
    • The ‘withdrawal’ date is the last day to withdraw without grade penalty

    Dropping a course before the drop date will not appear on your NOVA transcript. Dropping a course after the drop date and before the withdrawal date will result in a ‘W’ grade appearing on your transcript. To identify these dates for your dual enrollment course, please see below on the ‘Course Schedule’ chart or log into your myNOVA account and SIS.

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    • Additional Course Information
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    1. Course Schedule
    2. Critical Course Dates

    Course Start Date


    Course Drop Date


    Course Withdraw Date


    Final Exam Date


    Course End Date







    1. Course Schedule





    9/14 – 9/18

    Unity and Variety, Structure and Purpose of Music, Types of Listeners


    9/21 – 9/25

    Folk Music


    9/28 – 10/2

    Art Music


    10/5 – 10/9

    All That Jazz


    10/13 – 10/16

    Duration and Pitch


    10/19 – 10/23

    Volume and Timbre


    10/26 – 10/30

    The Symphony


    11/4 – 11/6

    Strings and Woodwinds


    11/9 – 11/13

    Brass and Percussion


    11/16 – 11/20

    Keyboard Instruments


    11/23 – 11/24

    The Organization of the Elements of Music


    11/30 – 12/4



    12/7 – 12/11



    12/14 – 12/18



    12/21 – 12/22



    1/4 – 1/8



    1/11 – 1/15








    1. Final Exam Date: (Each teaching faculty member is required to give a final examination, or provide an appropriate evaluation, or continue instruction during the scheduled final examination period. Check with your NOVA Faculty Liaison as some Divisions/Courses require final exams).
Last Modified on August 28, 2020