Appreciation of Music

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 1033
Section Number
MUSC 1033
Fall 2015
Classroom Number
Online D2L
Days & Times

Class Place:                 ONLINE – D2L and MindTaps/Cengage Application

Dr. Martin Camacho (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Hoffer, Charles, Darrell Bailey
Music Listening Today 6th, MindTap access online required

Course Objectives

  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

Topic Schedule

(Subject to change and modifications)



Aug 24 – Sept 8

Module I,  Chapters 1-6

Sept 9 -18

Module II Chapters 7-9

Sept 19 - Oct 2

Module III Chapters 10-14

Oct 3 - Oct 16

Module IV Chapters 15-21

Oct 17- Oct 30

Module V Chapters 22-29

Oct 31 - Nov 13          

Module VI Chapters 29-34

Nov 14 - Dec 4

Module VII Chapters 35-39


All grading items, assignments, MindTaps assignments, reading reports, listening reports, discussion boards, and online tests, are due on the dates as posted in D2L. NO late submissions, NO exceptions.


Academic Changes

The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel 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.


Electronic communication imposes a higher threshold of civility, responsiveness, and clarity.  Students that engage in uncivil, untimely, or inappropriate communication may be sanctioned at the instructor’s discretion, with penalties that may include lowering of the student’s 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.

Core Class Requirement:

The present class is part of the MSU core curriculum in the area of creative arts.  As part of the assessment required in this class the following areas will be evaluated using the different assignments, tests, and activities:  critical thinking, communication skills, teamwork, and social responsibility.


Grading Standards

Required and Recommended Readings:

All students are required to read the pertinent chapters from the required textbook (e-book) in alignment with the class topic schedule. All students are required to complete all reading, assignments, tests, reading reports, listening reports, exercises, and other in D2L and through the MindTaps application.


For each module, there will be FIVE parts that will need to be completed 1) Required Reading and Reports, 2) D2L MindTaps Assignments, 3) Listening Reports, 4) Online Test, and 5) Discussion Board.  It is strongly recommended that you complete them in that order (except for the discussion board, which can be done as early as the first day), as this may allow you to build on your skills and knowledge (for example, it is inappropriate to take the tests if you have not done your e-book readings).


Course Evaluation:


Grading Scale





59- F


21%     Required Readings and Reports

All students are required to read the pertaining parts of the e-book as indicated in D2L and to turn in reading reports via D2L Dropbox.  Instructions for each report is contained in the portion labeled “Reading and Reports” in the “Content” area.


30%     D2L and MindTaps Assignments

These assignments are marked “MidTaps Assignments” in the “Content” area and are labeled “GRADED.”  All of these selections are integrated in D2L with MindTaps, and so the grading is electronic and transferred automatically once you complete the assignment. Several attempts are allowed.




21%     Listening Reports

These reports are marked “Listening Reports” in the “Content” area, and have specific instructions on the assignments that need to be done for each module. Reports are to be turned in using D2L Dropbox.        


21%     Online Exams

Exams will test seven parts 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. Only one attempt is allowed for each.


            7%       Discussion Board Participation

                        All students are required to participate in the discussion boards for each module.                         Each student needs to post at least 1 new discussion or reply to at least 1                                      existing discussion for each module.  New postings or replies need to be written                            in full sentences and must contain meaningful content.  One-line answers with                                    low addition to the content or discussion will not be counted.


All grading items, MindTaps assignments, reading reports, listening reports, online tests, and discussion boards are due on the corresponding due date and time as indicated in D2L. NO late submissions, NO exceptions.

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 in D2L or via email.


D2L is an integral part of this course. All students are required to have access to D2L and buy access to the e-book and MindTaps/Cenage. 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 on a regular basis.

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


In an online class setting, timely and active participation is one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and discipline to complete all class assignments in a regular basis. A lot of hard and intense work is expected!  It is estimated that students will have to spend as much as 9-12 hours or more each week for this class.  When completing the assignments you may come up with questions, and could need instructor’s guidance.  I will be happy to help.  However, start your work EARLY; otherwise I will be unable to reply on time to help you.  Use common sense, if you want to reach me on Saturday night or Sunday morning it is likely that I will not be available or may not respond on time.  If you need my help or feedback, it is your responsibility to contact me no less than 48 hours before the pertinent due date, so I can provide you with timely feedback or help.


For the purposes of this online course, the following are some additional reasons for which students may be penalized in this class: 


  • D2L activity must exist every week.  D2L allows the instructor to check on the activity for each user in the class.  If the instructor realizes that no activity is present for 6 (six) consecutive days or more, then the student will be subject to a lowering in the overall grade, an administrative drop from the class, or an F in the class. You MUST show meaningful activity in D2L each week.


  • This online course is designed with specific and strict deadlines to complete and turn in the work.  Failure to comply and meet with these deadlines will result in the missed work given a zero grade and not counting toward final grade.  Late work will not be accepted. ALL assignments (reading reports, listening reports, MindTaps assignments, discussion board, and Online Tests) for each week are on the dates as indicated in D2L; no late submissions, not exceptions.


  • The only exception made for the above circumstances is if the instructor is provided with a written medical excuse that the student was incapacitated for more than 3 (three) consecutive days leading to a deadline.


  • All students are encouraged to use the writing center if assistance is needed on writing the reading and listening reports.  The MSU Writing Lab located in 224 Bea Wood. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide you with specific suggestions for improving your writing. Alternatively, instructions to use this service for online courses can be found at:


Other 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, poor performance in the class, absenteeism, or disruptive conduct, as specified below.  The instructor may use, at his discretion, the options of an Academic Drop as outlined in the Student Handbook policies.

A student dropped by a faculty member for the reasons defined above has the right to an            timely 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

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

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at