District Syllabus
Music Appreciation

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
No previous musical experience necessary. A course for the
inexperienced music listener in which the emphasis is on listening. A
survey of music from the beginning to the present, introducing the
student to various types of music through the use of recordings.  
Meets A.A. general education Category V.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Kamien. Music: An Appreciation (For On Campus Classes), 7th ed., McGraw Hill, 2011. ISBN: 9780077433536
  • For the online class:. OnMusic Appreciation, 3rd ed., Connect for Education, 2010. ISBN: 9780967774787
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: Attendance at three live performances drawn from the approved concert list.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students will develop a working knowledge of the elements of music, 
such as instruments and voices, meldoy, harmony, form and 
terminology.  Students will have an understanding of the evolution of 
musical styles through six historical style periods.   


II.Communication:  Students will develop effective reading, writing, 
speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and nonverbally 
on literal and figurative levels.
A. Listen actively, discussing musical compositions with 
an open mind.

C. Use recorded music and live performances as a source
of lifelong learning and enjoyment.

V.  Cultural Literacy:  Students will develop an appreciation of 
human culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in 

A.Appreciate the cultural and individual value of creativity
and imagination.

B.Demonstrate both an awareness of the important function 
of the arts in societies and the ability of the arts to provide
personal satisfaction and to reflect history and culture.

C.Understand art, geography, history, music, philosophy and
the evolution of ideas that shaped the world.

VI.Social Skills:  Students will develop and use skills and attitudes 
that integrate the individual into society.  
A.Demonstrate appropriate social skills, language, and emotions
in different situations, showing respect for others’ opinions.

C.Embody honesty, respectability and integrity by interacting
with performers and audiences in a polite and courteous
Course Learning Outcomes:
Students will have a basic knowledge of simple musical terms, forms, 
and the musical instruments. Students will be familiar with the six 
major periods in music and important composers and compositions. 
Students will know how to approach a concert and its program.
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. 
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed 
by each instructor for each section being taught.

Tests: Four equal 100-point tests; the fourth will be a comprehensive 
final. These tests may include questions of the following types: 
matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, definition, or essay 
type questions.

Listening Requirement: Listening is an essential part of this course.
Therefore, each student is expected to devote adequate time listening 
to those recorded musical compositions which have been assigned. The 
second and third test, as well as the final exam, will contain a 
listening section that counts thirty percent (30%) of your final 
grade for that test.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.