Western Michigan University--School of Music (Spring 2013 Syllabus)
Music 1700: Introduction to Musical Styles and
Mondays and Wednesdays 3-3:50PM Room 1110 Dalton Center
Call Number 11890-2 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Jacobson
Office: 2136 Dalton Center; Office Hours 4-4:50PM Mon/Wed)
Phone: 387-4685; E-mail: email@example.com
Course Description and Objectives
This course provides a foundation of essential stylistic/perceptual concepts for freshman/sophomore music majors. We will study various historical style approaches to the musical elements (rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, tone color, texture, and form), emphasizing critical musical terms, genres, composers, works from Classical and Jazz, and basic analytical approaches.
Course Materials (required)
Guide for Music 1700 (this is an anthology/study guide)
--sold at the WMU Bookstores ($17.56)
Class Web Homepage: http://www.wmich.edu/mus-gened/mus170/mus170.html
You must consult the MUS1700 web homepage regularly for important class announcements, updated lecture notes, information on class assignments, current student grades, and exam review materials.
You can also get to the Music 1700 web homepage by doing the following:
1) go to the WMU School of Music homepage (http://www.wmich.edu/music)
2) click on the "Course Materials" link (in the left menu)
3) click on the "Music 1700: Music History 1" link
Final grades in this course are based on a 1000-total point scale:
= 180 points possible
= 200 points possible
Listening Quizzes (2 @ 100 points each)
= 200 points possible
Online Assignments, Homework,
320 points possible
1000 points possible
of Final Grades:
Regular attendance is critical to your success in this course. You are responsible for all notes, recordings, films/videos presented in class.
Major Exams and Quizzes
There will be two (2) exams during the semester (at Midterm and Final). Each exam can feature the following types of questions: short answer, multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, score identification, and essay. In addition, there will be two (2) quizzes, each focusing on listening identification of style, composers, genres, forms, and related terms. Exam and quiz dates are listed on the MUS1700 Course Schedule. Review materials for each exam or quiz will be posted online at least 1 week in advance.
EXAMS: If you miss a test or listening quiz you must call or e-mail the instructor by the end of that class day in order to be eligible for a make-up:
Phone: 387-4685 (OK to leave message 24 hours a day)
Make-ups must be completed within 2 class days of the original due date.
No make-up exams will be given after the answer key is posted on the class website.
Homework, Online Textbook and "E-Workbook" Assignments, In-Class Daily Work/Prep/Participation
You will be assigned online reading, listening, and online quiz assessments (in WMU E-Learning). Do the assigned work before coming to class on the date listed in the MUS1700 Course Schedule. At the start of every class session (except major quiz and exam days) there will be a graded in-class writing assignment on the assigned prep homework for that day.
Readings in this class will be available online and in the Music 1700 Resource Guide. Primary readings will be from the online version of A Listener's Introduction to Music (accessed as downloadable .pdf files through links on the "Homework" section of the MUS1700 Course Schedule).
cumulative point score for the online e-workbook assignments and all assigned
homework/in-class writing will determine 38% of your final course grade in
By the end of the semester, you must choose a piece of music that you are currently performing or working on in either your WMU studio lessons or a WMU ensemble. You will describe the piece in terms of its historical style era, use of musical elements, aspects of the piece that are interesting and are challenging to you as a performer, and then compare this piece to one that another student in our class is doing as their final project. Fina project guidelines will be posted on the class homepage
There is no extra credit available in this course. Do the best you can on the open-book online assignments, which designed to help you identify critical material and give you control of a significant percentage of your final grade.
The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus or schedule consistent with the course objectives and WMU regulations. Always consult the class website for updated information.
WMU's "Academic Honesty" Policy
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 cheating, fabrication, forgery and falsification, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity 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 Judicial Affairs. 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.