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MUS 1113 

MD1 Mus Appreciation

Pearl River

Community College

Music Appreciation MUS 1113

Course Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. William Garner PHONE: 601-758-3862

PERIOD: Tues./Thurs

TEXT: Music, An Appreciation. By Roger Kamien,  Accessed through Canvas

COURSE DESCRIPTION: MUS 1113 is an introductory music course that has been designed to develop critical listening skills needed to understand and appreciate many different styles of music as well as to understand music in political, social, and cultural periods of history. Both audio and video recordings will be used to enhance course content.


Regular and punctual attendance of all students is expected. Students who miss more than four absences can be dismissed from the class due to excessive absences. If a students has to miss a class, on the next day the students returns to class, he/she has the responsibility of contacting the instructor in order to schedule any make-up work.

Three tardies will count as one absence and a student who is fifteen minutes late for class will be considered officially absent from class.

A student leaving class without official dismissal will be county absent

A student who sleeps or gives the appearance of sleeping in class will be counted absent.


The student will gain an understanding of the various styles of music in our society and their relationship to each other. In addition, the students will be able to recognize the various instruments and elements of music. Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills will be included in the course.

Reading assignments are included on the weekly schedule. Students are responsible for

the material assigned in each chapter of the book whether covered by the teacher or not.

Writing assignments will be given throughout the semester. These will include papers, critiques, and essay questions.


In order to pass this course, a student is required to take all tests, submit all assignments, and satisfactorily fulfill the objectives of the course.

The final examination will be administered during the designated examination period. The examination will be comprehensive in nature, covering all content covered throughout the semester.

Grades will be determined as follows:

33.33% Daily Grades

33.33% Major Tests

33.33% Final Examination

Grading Scale:

A 90-100 Excellent

B 80-89 Good

C 70-79 Average

D 60-69 Poor

F Below 60 Failure

Academic misconduct (such as cheating, plagiarism) may result in dismissal from the course and may be indicated on the student's permanent record.

Music Performance Attendance:

Students are required to attend one live music performance during the semester. Each performance must be per-approved by Mr. Garner. A one-page typed (250 word minimum) review of each performance with the concert program attached should be submitted the following week.

Course Calendar:

The following indicates weekly topics and readings for class presentation. The student should read the chapters assigned BEFORE the class is presented. The calendar is subject to change in order to adapt to the needs of the class if necessary.

  1. Syllabus, Introduction, Music Theory

  2. Music Theory continued

  3. Music Theory Test

  4. Part 1 Elements of Music, Chapters 1 & 2

  5. Ch. 1 & 2 cont.

  6. Ch. 1, 2 and 3

  7. Ch. 1-6

  8. Ch. 1-8


  10. Middle Ages, Chapters II-1

  11. Renaissance, Ch. II-2

  12. Test Middle Ages and Renaissance

  13. Baroque, Ch. III-1

  14. Baroque Ch. III-2,3,4,10

  15. Baroque Ch. III-5,6,7,11

  16. Baroque Ch. III-14, 15

  17. Test Baroque

  18. Classical IV-1,2,3

  19. Classical IV-4,5,6,7

  20. Classical IV-8,9,10

  21. Classical IV-11,12

  22. Test Classical

  23. Romantic V-1,2,3,4

  24. Romantic V-10,11,12,13,14

  25. Romantic V-16,18

  26. Romantic Paper

  27. 20th Century VI-1,2,3,5,6

  28. 20th Century VI-7,8,9

  29. 20th Century VI-12,13,14,15

  30. 20th Century VI-17,18

  31. Test 20th Century

  32. Jazz & Film VI-19,20

  33. Cont.

  34. Test Jazz and Film

  35. Review for Final

  36. Final Cumulative-All Material From the Entire Semester

Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia Moody, Director of Admissions and Records, ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator, and Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5537, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060.

If you have a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and you require special assistance or accommodations, you should contact the designated coordinator for your campus for information on appropriate guidelines and procedures: Poplarville Campus: Tonia Moody at 601-403-1060 or Distance learning students who require special assistance, accommodations, and/or need for alternate format should contact Tonia Moody at