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Appreciation of Music

Course Details

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Fall 2015
Fain Fine Arts Center
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Dr. Tim Justus (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Final Exam 12/10/2015 8:00 am
Submission Format Policy

Course Number:   MUSC 1003 Appreciation of Music

Section Number: 103

Location:              FA C111

Class Time:          1:00-1:50

Instructor:           Dr. Tim Justus                            FA C117O


Office Hours:        MW 8:00-10:00 AM, 2:00-4:00 PM

                             F 9:00-10:00 AM

Course Description:

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

Course Objectives:

  1. To become familiar with some basic terminology of music
  2. To gain a basic knowledge of musical structure and form
  3. To be able to identify selected major 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 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 and five (5) listening examples worth five (5) points each. Question material will be taken from the text and the instructor’s presentation. (25% of each exam will be listening.) The listening portion will be used to assess the core class requirement assessment in critical thinking. The core class assessment is a statistical assessment only and data will only be compiled for anonymous reporting only. 

Final Exam


The FINAL  EXAM:  Thursday, December 10, 8:00 AM


The final exam will likely include material from Part VI only.


The university grading scale will be used:






Academic Dishonesty:  submitting any work for a grade which is not the student’s own, including but not limited to, plagiarism; 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 all exams, cell phones will be secured in book bags, pockets, etc., and not on the desktop).


Disruptive behavior, including talking during class, may be subject for removal from class.


“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, but instructors are allowed to determine their own. For purposes of this class anyone missing 10% of the total of classes may be denied the opportunity for making up a missed exam, or for grade determination in borderline cases. (Ex. If 10 classes have met and an individual has missed 1, this constitutes 10 percent.)

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.

Tentative Course Schedule for Exam Dates

If exam dates change due to school closures, or other reasons, dates will be altered, after sufficient notice is given.




Exam Dates

Aug 25-27

Part I


Sep 1-3



Sep 8-10


Exam 1, Sep 8

Sep 15-17



Sep 22-24


Exam 2, Sep 24

Sep 29-Oct 1

Part IV


Oct 6-8



Oct 13-15


Exam 3, Oct 15

Oct 20-22

Part V


Oct 27-29



Nov 3-5



Nov 10-12


Exam 4, Nov 12

Nov 17-19

Part VI


Nov 24



Dec 1-3



Final Exam


Exam 5, Dec 10


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.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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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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