Western Michigan University--School of Music

Spring 2017 Syllabus


Music 1500: Music Appreciation "Live"

Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9PM Call Number 11285--4 Credits--Room 3502 Knauss Hall

Instructor: Dr. Robert White

Office: 1422 Dalton Center; Office Hours by appointment--Phone: 269/387-4700


Course Description and Objectives

This introductory-level general education course is designed to increase and inform your appreciation of music. Content is presented through live concerts, lecture-demonstrations, multimedia and assigned web-based reading and listening.


Required Course Materials

The only items you need to purchase for this class are:


(1)   A Music 1500 User's License for the online WebBook & Workbook for A Listener's Introduction to Music 

($18 plus tax – available from mycoursepack.com at this link):



Until this license is purchased, you will not have access to the online textbook readings and workbook quizzes through the MUS1500 E-Learning linkAll other class information is posted on the open MUS1500 homepage (see "Class Website" below).


(2)   Music 1500 Concert Series Ticket Booklet 

($45; these are sold at the Miller Auditorium Box Office)

This booklet is comprised of tickets to 10 concerts on the Wednesday night "Live and Interactive" series in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.



Grading, Testing and Attendance Policies


Final grades in this course are based on a 1000-total point scale: 

Midterm Exam

200 points possible

Final Exam (cumulative)

210 points possible

E-Workbook (7 online quizzes)

= 140 points possible

Concert attendance and written reflection (9 @ 50 points each)

450 points possible

1000 points possible



Distribution of Final Grades:

A =1000-940 points (100-94%)

BA = 939-890 points (93.9-89%)

B = 889-840 points (88.9-84%)

CB = 839-790 points (83.9-79%)

C = 789-740 points (78.9-74%)

DC = 739-690 points (73.9-69%)

D = 689-600 points (68.9-60%)
E = 599 or below (59.9% or lower)


Concert and Class Attendance
You are expected to attend at least 8 of the Wednesday evening concerts in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

These events begin at 7PM and will be over by 9PM. Concert dates and information are listed on the "Course Schedule" link on the Music 1500 class homepage.


In addition, regular attendance at our regular class meetings on non-concert nights is required. Attendance will be taken at each lecture in Knauss 3502.  You are permitted two (2) unexcused absences. For each absence beyond 2 from lecture, your grade will be lowered by three (3) percentage points.


For an absence to be considered excused, the given reason must be considered legitimate by the professor, and you must notify the professor in person or via email or phone message twenty-four (24) or more hours in advance of class.  Students registered with Student Disability Services will be provided with appropriate considerations, (see “Accomodation for disabilities” below).


Emergency situations can be discussed with the professor. In most cases, verification of excuse will need to be provided to the professor.



Class Website (Homepage) 


General class information and our schedule will be updated regularly on the Music 1500 class homepage; however, the majority of your web-based study and homework for Music 1500 will be done via the WMU E-Learning link for MUS1500 (see "Online E-Workbook Assignments," below).

You can also get to the Music 1500 homepage by doing the following:

1) go to the WMU School of Music homepage (http://www.wmich.edu/music)

2) click on the "Academics" link then click on the "Course Materials" sublink

3) click on the "Music 1500: Music Appreciation "Live" link in the "Syllabi" section



There are 2 exams: a "Midterm Exam" and a comprehensive "Final Exam". Each exam includes multiple choice, matching, true/false questions, and "listening identification" based on examples covered in the concerts, class sessions, and online homework. Exam dates are listed on the "Schedule of Lectures." Review guidelines and study aids will be posted online one week before each exam.


Online "E-Workbook" Assignments (E-Learning Quiz Assessments)
Each segment of the webbook has an online assignment (e-learning quiz) associated with it. E-Workbook assignments for each segment become available online at various times over the semester (see "Course Schedule" link). The E-Workbook quizzes for each reading are due the following week. Your cumulative point score on the 8 online quiz assessments will determine 16% of your final course grade in Music 1500 (maximum of 160 points possible).


Make-Up Policies
If you miss an exam, you must call or e-mail the instructor by the end of that class day in order to be eligible for a make-up:

Exam make-ups must be completed within 2 class days of the original due date.

Missed in-class assignments cannot be made up or excused. You have the 1-time option to attend an extra credit concert, worth 20 points --see below).

-E-mail (best way to reach me): 
-Phone: 387-4700 (OK to leave message 24 hours a day)


Extra Credit
Each student has the option of attending ONE optional extra credit concert (worth 20 points) by attending the 9th concert on Dalton Wednesday evening 7:30PM Series—after you have already attended the first 8 concerts on the series (see the "Concerts" link on the Music 1500 Homepage for more information). If you miss one of the first 8 concerts, you will need to use the 9th concert on the series as a make-up for the one you missed. 


There will also be periodic “pop quizzes”, test reviews, and brief writing assignments in class, which will all be added to your grade as extra credit points.


There will be no additional extra credit opportunities offered beyond those explained above.


University Policies


Academic Honesty Policy
Please be aware that WMU has an official academic honesty policy that all students and instructors are required to follow. You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity.

These policies include cheatingfabricationforgery and falsificationmultiple submissionplagiarismcomplicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.


Accommodation for disabilities

Students with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who need to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students located at Woodlawn Place at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor. For more information, contact DSS (269) 387-2116.