Music History II

Course Details

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Fall 2011
Fain Fine Arts Center
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MTWR 8:00 - 9:00

Dr. Ruth Morrow (view Profile)

Course Attachments


History of Music in Western Culture
A History of Music in Western Culture 3/e is based on the premise that the best way to convey the history of Western music is to focus squarely on the music. Organized around a carefully selected repertory of works, this text integrates the requisite names, dates, and concepts around specific compositions. Once familiar with a representative body of music, students can better grasp the evolution of musical style and music's changing uses within the Western tradition. Even more importantly, they will have a sound basis from which to explore other musical works and repertories. This text builds its narrative around the core repertory represented in the Anthology of Scores and the corresponding sets of compact discs.
Anthology of Musical Scores (Bonds), Vol. II
CD set to accompany Bonds, Vol. II

Course Objectives

A study of the development of music and the related arts from the classical period through the Twentieth Century. Recorded illustrations of music show stylistic development of representative composers in each period. Students will be able to identify composers and repertoire of each period and will demonstrate an understanding of how and why music developed as it did in the last 300 years.


Course Expectations

Texts:              Bond, Mark Evan: A History of Music in Western Culture. 3rd ed. required

                        ***Anthology of Scores, Vol. II. required

                        ***Recorded Anthology, Vol. II   3rded.  Required


Companion Website: has study guide at no charge 

Course Timeline:                   Musical Period:

            Weeks 1-4/5                Classic; test announced at least 1 week prior

            Weeks 5-8/9                Romantic; test announced as above

            Weeks 9-15                 20thcentury; test as above

            12/7&8                        Comprehensive Final Exam


Tests may by in-class or take-home, or a mixture of both. You will be responsible for the identification (composer, title, identifying characteristics, etc.) of ALL musical examples in the  Recorded Anthology, Vol.1, unless specific selections are deleted by the instructor. Start listening YESTERDAY!!!


Additional written and/or listening assignments may be assigned for extra credit at your request. 

Grading Standards

Grades will be based on a composite score from the following: test grades, written assignment grades and projects, and class readiness and participation. When a grade falls “in the cracks,” attendance will be taken into consideration to move the grade either up or down. 

Submission Format Policy

Projects and research papers will be time-consuming, and force you to challenge your own conceptions of music and to think “outside the box.” Nothing will be asked of you that you cannot do, but nothing will be handed to you without effort on your part.  Written projects must be written using Microsoft Word or compatible (save in Rich Text Format) and submitted electronically to

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

Late assignments and papers will receive one letter grade less than full score for each week late (= 2 points per day). 

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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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.

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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.

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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 as noted above; however, absences in excess of seven (7) 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 will be asked to drop or take a failing grade for the course. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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