Dr. Michael D. Murphy
Briar Woods High School Room 805
Music Appreciation Mus 121
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 musical composition 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.
Any student, regardless of musical background or lack thereof, may enroll for this course.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- 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
- 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
EXTRA TOPICS (OPTIONAL)
- Actual class room performance B. In class discussions of groups that some class members may perform with C. In class demonstrations of various instruments
Major Topics to be Included:
- Stylistic analysis of the various musical periods
- Comparative study of music and related arts
- Study of basic compositional techniques and forms
- Study of all elements found in music
- Application of above knowledge to listening of recorded music
- Application of above knowledge to live performances in the form of a critique
Required Instructional Materials:
Software*: “On Music appreciation” ISBN: 978-0-9965838-5-5
Provided by Loudoun County Public Schools
College Credits: 3
High School Credits: 6
- Grading Policies
- Grading Scale
A= 100 - 90 B= 89 - 80 C= 79 - 70 D=69 - 60 F= 59 and below
- In cases where district grading policies 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 school policies.
- 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.
- It is important that students check their final NOVA grades in SIS as soon as the course(s) completed.
- Course Policies
- Academic Integrity
- 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 (http://www.nvcc.edu/students/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: https://www.nvcc.edu/policies/policies.aspx?num=121.
- 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: https://www.nvcc.edu/curcatalog/policies/integrity.html.
- Attendance Policy
Anyone who stops attending class and does not withdraw or contact the professor prior to the last week of class will be given the grade for the semester based on the work completed divided by the total for the semester.
This is a hybrid course where 50% of the coursework assignments are completed outside of the classroom. Students are expected to engage in at least nine (9) hours a week to complete coursework expectations. Students are required to log on to On Music Appreciation at least three times a week including weekends to ensure awareness of assignment updates, coursework modifications, and weekly announcements. Regular attendance is expected, and an attendance record will be maintained for each class. Students who fail to attend class during the first 25 percent of the course will be administratively withdrawn from the course by the professor for failure to attend and make satisfactory progress in the course.
Absences will affect a student’s grade due to the student not being able to participate in class/group discussions. Arriving on time for class must be observed to maximize student’s benefits from course activities and minimize disruption to other students. Late arrival to class will have a negative impact on the class participation grade. Students missing more than thirty percent of the scheduled classes without an excused absence from the professor will receive ZERO points for the class participation grade. Class absence does not excuse a student from meeting assignment due dates.
- 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: https://www.nvcc.edu/disability-services.
- Students are expected to reach out to their instructor if they do not understand content or expectations.
- College instructors and other college personnel may not release a student’s educational or financial aid records without written consent of the student. The conversation is between the administrator / faculty member and the student. The parent’s role is to listen, give moral support, and summarize information and agreements if needed. For more information about student privacy, parent limitations of access to student educational records, and other restrictions on sharing student personal identifiable information: NOVA Policy 613 (FERPA): https://www.nvcc.edu/policies/policies.aspx?num=79.
- Dual enrolled students have access to full NOVA campus services to include tutoring, library, and counseling services; student resources are found here: http://www.nvcc.edu/students/index.html.
- During your time at NOVA, you may experience challenges including struggles with academics, finances, or your personal well-being. NOVA has support resources available. If you are seeking resources and support or if you are worried about a friend or classmate: http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares.
- Course Drop and Withdrawal Policy
- Please note two important dates related to your enrollment in a course:
- 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.
- Students are required to use their VCCS email accounts (firstname.lastname@example.org) to communicate with instructors and other college personnel and should check their email accounts regularly.
- Title IX
- Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities, admission and employment. Complaints of sex-based discrimination, sexual violence, domestic violence, and sexual or gender-based harassment are governed by the Title IX Policy. For more information about Title IX or to make a report: https://www.nvcc.edu/titleix/index.html.
- Additional Course Information
- DE students are expected to engage in college level course contents and discussions appropriate for adult learners. Mature topics may be discussed.
- Course Schedule
- Critical Course Dates
Course Start Date
Course Drop Date
Course Withdraw Date
Final Exam Date
Course End Date
8/22 – 8/22
Syllabus and Schedule Overview
Unity and Variety
Structure and Purpose of Music
Types of Musical Listeners
8/26 – 8/30
All That Jazz
9/2 – 9/6
Duration, Pitch, Intervals, and Volume
9/9 – 9/13
9/16 – 9/20
9/23 – 9/27
Strings and Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion.
9/30 – 10/4
10/7 – 10/11
The Organizing Elements of Music
10/14 – 10/18
10/21 – 10/25
10/28 – 11/1
11/4 – 11/8
11/11 – 11/15
11/18 – 11/22
11/25 – 11/29
12/2 - 12/6
Medieval Secular and Sacred
12/9 – 12/13
Renaissance Secular and Sacred
12/16 – 12/20
Baroque Secular and Sacred
1/6 – 1/10
Final Exam Review
1/13 – 1/17
- 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).