Appreciation of Music

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 1033
Section Number
MUSC 1033
Spring 2015
Fain Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 9:30am-10:50am

Dr. Martin Camacho (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

 Course Description:

Course designed to increase the variety and depth of a student’s exposure to music and to enhance an understanding and enjoyment of music as an art.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To become familiar with musical terminology
  2. To become familiar with structure and form
  3. To be able to identify selected major works
  4. To investigate unique characteristics and differences of each style period and of major composers
  5. To be able to recognize musical characteristics of an unfamiliar work and to be able to identify the style period in which it was written

Course Expectations


Course Number: MUSC 1033 Appreciation of Music

Section Number: 205

Class Place: FA C111

Class Time: TR 9:30-10:50pm

Instructor: Dr. Martin Camacho

Office Phone (940) 397-4243




Hoffer, Charles; Darrell Bailey. Music Listening Today, 6th edition. Boston: Cengage, 2014, via MindTap access integrated via D2L, digital access.


GET THE ACCESS CODE AS INSTRUCTED IN CLASS, either from the bookstore of the publisher’s website. You do NOT need to buy the hardcore copy of the book if you do not want to. Just make sure you buy the access code to MindTaps which will give you access to the e-book and assignments for the class integrated in D2L.

Please be aware that this course is integrated with the D2L system as provided by the university, and that some of the content, listening materials, quizzes, tests, assignments, and others may be delivered directly from D2L.

Please make sure that you purchase or have access to the digital access in D2L for access to MidTaps, which gives you access to the e-book for this class.



Topic Schedule

(Subject to change and modifications)





Jan 20


Jan 20-29

Part I- The Nature of Music

February 3-10

Part II- Early, Medieval and Renaissance Music

February 12-24

Part III - Baroque Music

February 26-March 10

Part IV - Classical Music

March 12-31

Part V - Romantic Music

April 7-14

Part VI - Twentieth-Century Music and Beyond

April 16-23

Part VII - Music in the United States

April 28-May 5

Team Presentations

May 12, 8:00am

Final Exam


Academic Changes

The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments, projects, exams, dates, due dates, and other as the course progresses; and to modify, extend, or correct the present syllabus by providing students with a week’s notice, or shorter in case of emergencies.

Grading Standards

 Required and Recommended Readings:

All students will be required to read the pertinent chapters from the required textbook in alignment with the class topic schedule. Other readings may be needed to supplement the class materials and will be announced as needed.


Course Evaluation:


Grading Scale





59- F


5%       Class participation and outside class preparation


15%     Class Assignments

These will be assigned through the semester and more details will be provided.  They may include attendance to concerts, writing of reviews, D2L assignments, and others.


20%     Listening Exams

These exams may include previously introduced list of selections, or selections not previously presented.  More instructions on this part and specific details will be provided throughout the semester.       


50%     Written Exams

Exams will test each part of the book – 1) Nature of Music, 2) Early, Medieval, and Renaissance Music, 3) Baroque Music, 4) Classical Music, 5) Romantic Music, 6) Twentieth-Century Music and Beyond, and 7) Music in the United States. Missing exams is highly discouraged. Missing exams will not be made-up unless the student presents an official university approved excuse. The exam given during final’s week will not be made up, no exceptions. Travel or flight plans, work, appointments, etc., are not valid excuses. Final exam for this class will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 8:00 am, in C111.


10%     Presentation Project

Every student will be required to make an in-class team presentation of a musical selection, to be coordinated with the instructor, with a discussion of musical elements, and accompanied by a two-page written document. More details will be provided throughout the semester.


All additional instructions and information provided throughout the semester related to assignments, exams, schedules, due dates, and projects will constitute an official addendum to the present syllabus.  Such information can be given in writing during class, may be posted in D2L, or explained in class.


D2L is an integral part of this course. All students are required to have access to D2L and check it for this class in a regular basis. All information, assignments, tests, projects, instructions, evaluations, and materials posted in D2L by the instructor are an official part of the class and students are responsible for its knowledge and appropriate action.


Email communication and communication through D2L is essential. All students are responsible for maintaining an updated email address reflected in D2L and are responsible for checking it in a regular basis.

Final Exam

05/12/2015 8:00 a.m.

Submission Format Policy

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.

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 is the one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in loss of work, missed tests, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count as part of the total grade, as outlined in the grading section. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. 


Unexcused (or unauthorized) absences will have consequences:

  • Up to three unexcused absences will be tolerated.  Each additional unexcused absence will lower the final grade by 5%.  Students with more than 6 unexcused absences will be subject to an administrative withdrawal (instructor drop) from the course at the discretion of the instructor, and may receive an F grade.
  • Students with unexcused absences will continue to be responsible for all class work, homework, assignments, quizzes, projects, or exams administered or assigned during their absence.


Excused (or authorized) absences include:

  1. Absences where a student is participating in a university-sponsored activity (authorized excuse). In these cases, the absence and the appropriate approval have to be reported to the instructor prior to the absence date. Absences for academically-related activities are not automatically included in this category (class field trips for other classes, attendance at conferences, etc.) and will require prior instructor approval to be excused.
  2. Absences due to the confinement to a university or other health facility when written evidence is provided, or absences incurred due to illness or medical conditions, documented by a doctor’s excuse.
  3. State law allows student absences for the observance of religious Holy Days, if desired. However, a student must notify the instructor by the 15th day after the first day of classes if an absence under this category will occur. 


In all cases of excused or authorized absences, students are still responsible for all missed work (class work, homework, assignments, quizzes, projects, presentations, or exams administered or assigned) during their absence.  Missed work must be made up by the student the week following the absence, and never later than the day of the final exam, whichever occurs first.


A large number of excused absences could impose a tough academic pressure and demands on the completion of course work, and may jeopardize the student’s ability to obtaining a passing grade.  Students with large number of excused absences throughout the semester are encouraged to exploring their options with the instructor.


Examples for a faculty initiated drop with a grade of  F (or given a final grade of F without being dropped) include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Dishonesty, as described in the appropriate university policies referenced in this syllabus under Academic Dishonesty and Student Honor Creed.
  • Absences in excess of 3 weeks of class (six class absences).
  • Disruptive behavior, including talking during class.


A student dropped by a faculty member for the reasons defined above has the right to an            appeal to the Student Conduct Committee through the Dean of Student’s Office.            

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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