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Music Appreciation

Course Details

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Fall 2017
Fain Fine Arts Center
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Dr. Tim Justus (view Profile)

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Final Exam 12/11/2017
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MUSC 1033 L10/L11 Music Appreciation

Fall 2017


Course Number:    MUSC 1033 Appreciation of Music

Section Number:   L-10/L-11

Location:               FA C111

Class Time:           MWF 12:00-12:50

Instructor:            Dr. Tim Justus                             FA C117O


Office Hours:           M 10:00-11:00 AM, Tu 8-9 AM, 1-3 PM, W 2-4 PM, F 10 AM-Noon

Course Description:

The course is intended to increase the variety and depth of an individual’s understanding and appreciation of the art music of western civilization, and to enhance an understanding and enjoyment of music as an art in general.

Course Objectives:

  1. To become familiar with some basic terminology of classical art music
  2. To gain a basic knowledge of musical structure and form of art music
  3. To be able to identify selected works and historical periods based on general characteristics
  4. To investigate the unique characteristics and differences of each style period and of major composers of that period
  5. To be able to recognize general musical characteristics of an unfamiliar work and to be able to identify the style period in which it was written


Wright, Craig. Listening to Western Music. (Cengage, 7th/8th ed.) Buy/Rent/E-book/share


  • There will be five (5) exams, corresponding to the division of parts in the text, with the exception of the first exam which will include Parts 1 and 2. Exams are not cumulative.
  • Each will be a 100 point exam of 75 multiple choice questions of 1 point each and 10 listening examples worth five (5) points each. Exam questions will be taken directly from the text and the instructor’s presentation notes. (50% of each exam will be listening.)
  • Each exam will be preceded by a listening quiz, which is both an assessment tool and a preparation for the exam.
  • There will be 3  joint assignments with the paired class:


Final Exam: Wednesday Dec 13, 2017, 3:30-5:30 PM

The final exam will include material from Part VI only. There are no make ups for the final exam.


The university grading scale will be used:






Academic Dishonesty:  Plagiarism is the use of source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, including the Internet, without following the procedures of attributing credit, or the submission for credit of work not of the individuals to whom credit is given.  For anyone proven to be plagiarizing, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. In addition, using or permitting others to use unauthorized materials during exams; copying, providing, receiving or using exam answers from others, viewing, using or allowing others to use electronic devices during exams for the purpose of cheating will result in appropriate disciplinary action. (For all exams, cell phones will be secured in book bags, pockets, etc., and not accessible on the desktop).


General Class Policies/Procedures:

  • Sign in daily at the door. (If you plan to sign and leave, don’t bother to sign in.)
  • Check the podium at the door for new material, notes, etc.
  • Exam Scores will be returned at the door as soon as available. (Not always the next class period.)
  • Class begins at 12:00, not 12:10.
  • Bottled water/drinks are permitted in class. Please remove your cans, plastic disposable bottles as you leave. Disregarding this request will result in prohibition of beverages from class. Please do not bring food to class in the form of sandwiches, fast food, etc. If you bring small snacks, please dispose of wrappers, etc., as you do disposable bottles. Disruptive behavior, as determined by the instructor, may be subject for removal from class. Disruptive activities include but are not limited to;
    • Conversing with another person in such a way that it is distracting to the class or to the instructor or creates an interruption in the class sequence
    • speaking disrespectfully to the instructor or to another person
    • use of an electronic device in such a way as to be considered by the instructor to be disruptive
    • repeatedly leaving the room
    • consumption of food of beverages in such a way as to be considered disruptive by the instructor
    • creating a circumstance or situation that disrupts the classroom decorum
    • other behavior of a nature considered to be a distraction


“Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes for which they are enrolled.” (Student Handbook, p. 39)  Excused absences are recognized for illness and university business. There is no specific university policy regarding attendance; instructors are allowed to determine their own. For purposes of this class anyone missing 10% of the total number of classes may be denied the opportunity for a making up a missed exam, or for grade determination in borderline cases.

Privacy Statement

Federal Privacy laws prohibit faculty from releasing information about a student’s academic progress to other students or to those outside the university.  In this class, no information regarding your grades, exams, or confidential matters can be released to friends or relatives.  Without a note from you, no one may pick up your exam and exam grades cannot be posted.

Special Needs Statement

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in the event that the building must be evacuated, please register with the Disability Support Services and make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.

Conduct Statement

Behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to benefit from the instruction will result in the instructor’s removal of the disruptive student(s) from the class, either temporarily or permanently (instructor drop) and receiving a lower final grade up to and including an F. Depending on the nature of the behavior, the individual may be subject to further disciplinary action as per MSU policy.

Concealed Handgun Statement

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

Tentative Course Schedule and Exam Dates

All classes may not progress according to printed schedule. If exam dates change due to school closures, or other reasons, dates will be altered, and sufficient notice will be given in class, or via electronic notification.



Text Chapter


Mon, Aug 28

Chapter 1 The Power of Music


Wed, Aug 30

Chapter 2 Rhythm, Melody and Harmony


Fri, Sep 1

Chapter 3 Color, Texture, Form and Style


Mon, Sep 4

Chapter 3 , cont.


Wed, Sep 6

Chapter 4 Medieval Music


Fri, Sep 8

Chapter 5 Renaissance Music


Mon, Sep 11

Review and Listening Quiz


Wed, Sep13

Exam I , Chapter 1-5


Fri, Sep 15

Chapter 6 Early Baroque


Mon, Sep 18

Chapter 7 Late Baroque/Instrumental Music


Wed, Sep 20

Chapter 8 Late Baroque,  J.S. Bach


Fri, Sep 22

Late Baroque, Handel


Mon, Sep 25

Review and Listening Quiz


Wed, Sep 27

Exam II, Chapter 6-9


Fri, Sep 29

Chapter 10 Intro to Classical Style


Mon, Oct 2

Chapter 11 Classical Forms-Ternary-Rondo


Wed, Oct 4

Chapter 12 Classical Forms-Theme and Variations


Fri, Oct 6

Chapter 13 Classical Genres-Instrumental


Mon, Oct 9

Chapter 14 Classical Genres-Vocal


Wed, Oct 11

Chapter 15 Beethoven


Fri, Oct 13

Chapter 15 Beethoven, cont


Mon, Oct 16

. Review and Listening Quiz


Wed, Oct 18

Exam III, Chapter 10-15


Fri, Oct 20

Chapter 16 Romanticism


Mon, Oct 23

Chapter 17 Art Song


Wed, Oct 25

Chapter 18 Program Music/Ballet/Nationalism


Fri, Oct 27

Chapter 19 Piano Music


Mon, Oct 30

Chapter 20 Opera (Italian)


Wed, Nov 1

Chapter 20, cont.


Fri, Nov 3

Chapter 21 Opera (German)


Mon, Nov 6

Chapter 21, Opera, cont.


Wed, Nov 8

Chapter 22 Opera (Italian Realism)


Fri, Nov 10

Chapter 22, cont.


Mon, Nov 13

Chapter 23 Orchestral Music


Wed, Nov 15

Chapter 23, cont.


Fri, Nov 17

Review and Listening Quiz


Mon, Nov20

Exam IV, Chapter 16-23


Mon, Nov 27

Chapter 24 Impressionism


Wed, Nov 29

Chapter 25 Modernism


Fri, Dec 1

Chapter 25, cont.


Wed, Dec 4

Chapter 26 American Modernism


Fri, Dec 6

Chapter 27 Post Modernism


Fri, Dec 8

Review and Listening Quiz


Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, 3:30-5:30 PM

Final Exam (Exam V)




Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

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