Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation


Spring 2012
01/17/2012 - 05/13/2012

Course Information

Section 010
MW 07:30 - 08:50
SAC1 1317
Shih-Yu Hwang

Office Hours

  • M
    9:00AM - 10:00AM
    SAC - MUSI 1306
    By Appointment
  • M
    4:30PM - 5:30PM
    NRG - MUSI 1301
    By Appointment
  • T
    3:30PM - 4:30PM
    By Appointment

Course Requirements

COURSE FORMAT: Lectures and class projects



A foundation course for enjoyment and understanding of music through use of recorded music and song literature. Elements of music and analysis of music form and design and its relation to other subjects and activities. Music Appreciation is a basic course designed to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of music. Historical and cultural perspective, as well as a building of analytical and listening skills, will be stressed. No musical background is required or expected, although students with such a background may find certain material in the course to be less challenging. Everyone will be expected to participate in class discussions and projects.



                               Attendance: 10%

                               Class Participation: 10%

                               Homework: 10%

                               Exams: 20%(each) x3

                               Concert Attendance: (5%) x2



  • Maintain an official ACC Student email account. All email communication from ACC and this class will be sent to that address. You may find more information about ACC Student email at this url...                                                                 
  • Attend class regularly
  • Participate in class discussion & activities
  • Production of work as assigned


TEXTBOOK: Listen to This  1st or 2nd ed.- Mark Evan Bonds

Course Subjects


I)   Elements of Music

II)  Instruments and Orchestration

III) Middle Ages Muisc

IV) Renaissance Music

V)  Baroque Music

VI)  Classical Music

VII) 19th-Century Music

VIII) 20th-Century Music

IX)  Music Today

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives


The primary objective of this course is to develop a fundamental working knowledge of the different styles of music throughout the Western History of music.



The student will demonstrate knowledge of the different musical elements; know the different periods in the history of Western music as well as certain characteristics they have; be able to listen to music discussed in class and identify which period of Western music it derived from; have an understanding of musical forms and structures.



  • Makeup exams may be given if arrangements are made prior to the exam date.
  • If there is a conflict with your scheduling regarding exams or upcoming quiz/test, discuss it in advance with the instructor. You can take most exams early or make them up with proper documentation of your absence. Excused absences will be allowed to take exams for full credit. Unexcused absences will not be made up. If you are ill, please notify the instructor immediately if you are going to miss an exam. Normally, the instructor will ask for a doctor’s note or some kind of documentation/ proof of your illness.

  • All written assignments must be completed and given to the instructor.
  • Homework assignments that are turned in late due to unexcused absence or negligence on the part of the student will be accepted for half credit. It is always a good idea to talk to the instructor and discuss any issues with them regarding any missed or late assignments.
  • Students are expected to attend every class, however students are allowed up to 3 absences, each absence after that will result in a lower final grade letter. Each student is responsible for information presented in class, whether you are there or not.
  • If you do not attend class the entire semester you will receive a failing grade. 
  • Withdrawal from this class is the responsibility of the student. State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate  career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically  count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can be found in the ACC college catalog.
  • An incomplete may be given to a student under special circumstances. If you feel this is necessary you must discuss the issue with the instructor no less than three weeks prior to the end of the semester.
  • Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty: A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission of the college as  an educational institution. Students have the responsibility to submit coursework that is the result of their own  thought, research, or self-expression. Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated  college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations.  Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication,  collusion, and falsifying documents. Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the  violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the course and/or expulsion  from the college. See the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process and other policies at

Students who have received approval for accommodations from OSD for this course must provide the instructor with the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from OSD before accommodations will be provided. Arrangements for academic accommodations can only be made after the instructor receives the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from the student. Students with approved accommodations are encouraged to submit the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations‘ to the instructor at the beginning of the semester because a reasonable amount of time may be needed to prepare and arrange for the accommodations. Additional information about the Office for Students with Disabilities is available at

  • Statement on Students with Disabilities: Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities  who need classroom, academic or other accommodations must request them through the Office for Students  with Disabilities (OSD). Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses  or at least three weeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations may be  delayed. 
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful  assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights  to others in the college community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine and question pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence  of scholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willing partners in learning, students must  comply with college rules and procedures.
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    Please note, you are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.