Music History I

Course Details

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Fall 2013
Fain Fine Arts Center
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Days & Times

TR 12:30p - 1:50p; W 8:00a - 8:50a

Dr. Ruth Morrow (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World

Course Objectives

Students will gain an understanding of the musics of the world, grouped by both function and region.  The study of Western classical music will begin with its development from antiquity through the Baroque period and into the Classic.  Recorded and score illustrations of music show stylistic development of representative composers in each period.   


Course Expectations

There are three unit tests plus the comprehensive final.  Each unit test will be available for one week in D2L.  You will have three attempts to take the test, and the highest grade will count.  Both questions and question components are randomized, so that each time you take the test you may have different questions to answer.  

The comprehensive final exam will be open in D2L starting after the last class meeting and ending at 10:00am the morning of the scheduled final exam.  WE WILL MEET FOR THE FINAL!!!

There will be [at least] weekly assignments which you must submit in D2L.  After you upload assignment 1 you will have access to assignment 2, etc., ensuring that you complete all assignments.  These assignments will also form the basis of part of the class discussions.

There will be one project for which you will be assigned a group.  Members of the group will all receive the same grade, so please all help each other. 






Grading Standards

Grades will be based on a composite score from the following:

            Attendance                                             100

            Quizzes                                                     50

            Concert critique                                       25

            Recording critique                                  25

            Written projects                                     100

            Team class presentation                    100

            Journal entries                                       150

            Exam 1                                                     100

            Exam 2                                                     100

            Exam 3                                                     100

            Final Exam (comprehensive)              150

            Total                                                       1000

Final Exam

12/12/2011 10:30a - 12:30p

Submission Format Policy

All written projects and papers are to be submitted through the Dropbox for this class in D2L.

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.

Late Paper Policy

You will be able to access all assignments through the Dropbox for this class in D2L.  You will be allowed access to each subsequent assignment once you have uploaded the previous: for example, assignment 2 will be available to you only after you have completed and uploaded assignment 1.

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.

Student Honor Creed

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

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

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.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

This is a lecture course with class participation. There may be quizzes or graded discussion without advance notice that cannot be made up. Attendance will affect grading; however, over and above that it is graded, absences in excess of five (5) without substantiated reason (from a doctor or the Dean of Students’ Office) will indicate a lack of interest in the successful completion of this course and you may be asked to drop or take a failing grade for the course.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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