Western and World Music III

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 3753
Section Number
MUSC 3753
Fall 2015
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Class Time:                  TR 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Dr. Martin Camacho (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Hanning, Barbara
Concise History of Western Music, 5th

Course Objectives

     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.

Course Expectations

Class Schedule: We will conform as closely as possible to the following (subject to change):


Unit I


8/25                 Orientation and Introduction


8/27-9/8          Chapter 20: Opera and Music Drama in the Nineteenth Century


9/10-9/17        Chapter 21: The Later Romantics


9/17                 Written project topic approval with initial source citations due


9/22-29           Chapter 22: Music in the Late 19th Century: Nationalism, Romanticism,

                        and Beyond


9/29                 Paper Project Due      


                                    Exam 1 on D2L 9/29-10/1



Unit II


10/1-10/13      Chapter 23: Classical Modernism


10/15-27         Chapter 35: Vernacular Music and America


10/22               Written project topic approval with initial source citations due


10/29-11/5      Chapter 25: Radical Modernism


11/5                 Paper Project Due


                                    Exam 2 on D2L 11/5-11/8




Unit III


11/10-11/17    Chapter 26: Music Between the Two World Wars


11/19–11/24   Chapter 27: Changing World of Music Since 1945


11/24               Written project topic approval with initial source citations due


12/1-12/4        Chapter 28: Intro the 21st Century


12/4                 Paper Projects Due


                                    Exam 3 on D2L 12/3 - 12/6


            FINAL TEST – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015, 1-3 p.m.


Academic Changes

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


Academic Dishonesty and Student Honor Creed:


The university policy and procedures for academic dishonesty are outlined in the current Student Handbook in Appendix E. No cheating, collusion, or plagiarism will be tolerated in this class.  Any student engaging in an academic dishonest act will be sanctioned appropriately. 


Enrollment in this class constitutes an acceptance to adhere to the Student Honor Creed and all other student conduct policies outlined in the university Student Handbook.


Conduct statement:


Behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to benefit from the instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the disruptive student(s) from the class, either temporarily or permanently (instructor drop), and receive a final lower grade, up to and including an F.



Disability Statement and Special Needs:


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, 397-4140.

Privacy Statement:


Midwestern State University adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Accordingly, and for the purposes of this class, the instructor is limited in his ability to discuss or release student’s academic progress records and information to outside parties, and only as permitted by law.

Grading Standards

Grading Scale





59- F



10%     Class preparation, participation and attendance

Discussion of reading assignments will be done in preparation for lectures, assignments, exams and quizzes. Students are supposed to have read and listened to the material before the appropriate class meetings. Attendance to class is required.


10%     Class  and Listening Assignments

Periodic assignments related to the class content will be needed. This may include homework assignments from the textbook, assignments designed by the instructor, short projects, or any other at the discretion of the instructor.


10%     Quizzes

These will be distributed in D2L.  One quiz will be administered for each chapter. Check periodically D2L and during class for the scheduling of quizzes.




40%     Exams

Four exams will be given at the appropriate times of the semester. At least a week notice will be given prior to exams that may deviate from the published schedule. The final exam will be conducted in accordance with the university official final exam schedule.  Missing exams is highly discouraged and they will not be made-up unless the student presents an official university approved excuse. The final exam will not be made up, no exceptions. Travel or flight plans, work, concerts, lessons etc., are not valid excuses. Due to the nature of the course content, the final exam may be cumulative.


30%     Written Project Assignments

Written project(s) will be announced by the instructor throughout the semester and posted in D2L.  Specific instructions and guidelines for those project(s) will be provided and will constitute an official addendum to the present syllabus.        

Final Exam

12/08/2015 1pm

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 two unexcused absences will be tolerated.  Each additional unexcused absence will lower the final grade by 3.33%.  Students with more than 5 absences (regardless of whether they are excused or unexcused) 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 excused and 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, 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. The instructor reserve the right to an administrative drop for 5 or more absences, either excused or unexcused.

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

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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