Introduction to Western and World Music

Course Details

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Fall 2014
Fain Fine Arts Center
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Days & Times

TR 12:30p - 1:50p

Dr. Ruth Morrow (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Soundscapes, 2nd ed.
book + 3 CDs

Course Objectives

Course Description:  Introduction to Western and World Music History is a course designed to familiarize you with music in its numerous purposes and guises in a variety of settings, most specifically cultural, historical, and functional.  You will both create music and develop an understanding of the music making (creation and performance) of others in diverse cultures.  

Course Expectations

Learning Goals: the student who passes this series of courses will be able to:

     1.    Identify, recognize, and describe general stylistic characteristics of music using

            accepted musical terminology

     2.    Accurately place a musical work within an historical, cultural, or stylistic context

     3.    Distinguish similarities and differences in musical characteristics among art, folk, jazz,

            popular, and world music traditions

     4.    Understand and categorize how music functions in different historical cultures from

            antiquity to the present

     5.    Understand and appreciate the functions of music in society as cultural, religious,

            ceremonial, inspirational, and recreational

     6.    Demonstrate teamwork by participation in research project presentation

     7.    Demonstrate social responsibility through journal entries and 5-minute free-writing


     8.    Attend and meaningfully critique a concert production.       

Grading Standards


            Attendance                                           100

            Concert critique                                     25

            Recording critique                                25

            Written projects                                   100

            Team class presentation                 100

            Journal entries/free-writes                200

            Exam 1                                                  100

            Exam 2                                                  100

            Exam 3                                                  100

            Final Exam (comprehensive)           150

Total                                                                1000

Rubrics are available in D2L for assignments and presentations.

Final Exam

12/11/2014 10:30a - 12:30p

Submission Format Policy

All written submissions are to be made in the appropriate section on the MUSC 2733 D2L website.  Submissions in Dropbox are to use Word, double-spaced 12-point font.

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

Will not be accepted.

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

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy: You have paid for this class and it would be a shame if you wasted your

money through non-attendance.  Lectures go hand-in-hand with assignments, and will expand your understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of music.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class and showing up more than 20 minutes late will counted as an absence.  Each student starts the semester with 100 attendance points.  Each tardy lowers that total by 3 points, each absence by 5.  The professor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class requirements, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.

            If you skip class and miss a quiz or graded exercise, it cannot be made up.  If you miss class due to illness, you can make it up as long as you a) call/email before class and 2) present written documentation when you return to class.

Other Policies

Textbook: Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World, 2nd ed. w/ 3 CDs, by Kay Kaufman Shelemay; WW Norton, 2006 

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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