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:
  • 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 
musical styles through six historical style periods.   


1. Critical Thinking: The student evaluates the validity of ideas, 
developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions.

2. Communication: The student effectively communicates knowledge and 

5. Cultural Literacy: The student demonstrates an understanding of 
human culture and its diversity.
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 
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 
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.

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