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History Of Music
Course Outline
About your Teacher
Musical Links
Introduction to the Class
What is Classical Music?
Elements of Music
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
The Baroque
Take home Work
The Classicism
The Romanticism
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                                                            MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

                                                NORTH CAMPUS / HIALEAH CENTER

                                                MUSIC APPRECIATION, MUL1010, FALL 2004

                                                           Professor Silvia Constantinidis

                                    Ph: (305) 237-8742 office: Hialeah center Room 1415-26


    course website:


Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10:45 am at Hialeah Center

            Tuesdays and Thursday from: 7:50 to 8:20 am and 9:50 to 10:50 am at North Campus

            8:20 to 9:30 pm: Tuesdays at North Campus, Wednesdays at Mater, Thursdays at EEC

            Saturdays: 11:10 am to 12:10 pm at Inter-American

 Course Description:  This course is designed to increase the student’s awareness, knowledge, enjoyment and interest in diverse styles of music by means of lectures, assigned readings, various listening opportunities, slides and films, listening labs, concert attendance and discussion periods.

3 Credits

Prerequisites and Co-requisites: None


Course Competencies: Course competencies provide a statement of the scope and contents of the course, skills to be developed, and material on which students will be evaluated.


Competency 1:           The Student will demonstrate knowledge of the basic elements of the music by:

a.       Identifying and/or defining the elements.

b.      Applying knowledge of the elements to various listening activities and performances.

Competency 2:           The Student will demonstrate knowledge of basic music terminology by:

a.       Identifying and/or defining the terminology.

b.      Applying knowledge of terms through descriptions of live or recorded performances.


Competency 3:           The Student will demonstrate an understanding of various musical styles by:

a.       Identifying and/or describing conventions from different historical periods.

b.      Identifying and/or describing conventions from different cultures.


Competency 4:           The Student will demonstrate a comprehension of the techniques and methods used by collaborative artists in music by:

a.       Identifying and/or describing techniques used by the composer, conductor, and performers.

b.      Relating this knowledge to a performance experience.


Competency 5:           The Student will demonstrate knowledge of music literature by:

a.       Connecting major works and their composers.

b.      Relating major works to their historical time periods.

c.       Matching major works to their various cultures.


Competency 6:           The Student will demonstrate an understanding of the listener’s roll in music by:

a.       Identifying appropriate audience etiquette.


Text: “Music, An appreciation”, Eighth Edition, by Roger Kamien


Grading Criteria: There will be four tests throughout the semester, each worth 100 points, which will be averaged for a final grade as follows:


                                                B= 89-80



                                                F=below 60


EXAMS 15 % EACH (4 EXAMS)                                       60%

PAPER AND PRESENTATION                                          20%



Attendance: Attendance is Mandatory. Class participation grade will be based on student’s preparation for class, participation and attendance to the lectures. Coming in late may result in student counted as absent. Any student leaving the class after recess will be marked as absent.





      Activities include lectures, readings, listening, audio-visuals (slides, films), and class discussions. Each lesson contains study questions to enhance the students’ understanding of the textbook readings. These questions are designed to provoke thought.


Class activities, include assigned readings and presentations. Analysis and research work as assigned in the classroom.

After having participated in classroom discussions, attended lectures, viewed specific films, and musical listening, studied specific works of music, and studied in accordance with various modes of instruction chosen by the teacher, students will be able to meet each of the specific competencies.


All students will seek advice from Professor Constantinidis about the research paper. This will be done on a topic related to any of the subject matters included in the course. This paper should be handed to your professor on the expected day. No extensions will be granted. Paper must be neat, well organized and typed. Paper must be on MLA, APA Style.


Attendance and Make-ups:

1.                  Class participation and assignments are an integral part of a satisfactory grade.

2.                  There will be no make-ups for assigned work.

3.                  A documented emergency will be dealt with on an individual basis.


Drops:             If students are unable to continue in the course, they must notify the instructor. It is their responsibility to fill out an official withdrawal form with the registrar’s office. If they do not officially withdraw, they may receive an F in the course.




All students are mandated to adhere to the academic integrity policies as outlined in the STUDENTS RULES AND REGULATIONS HANDBOOK. Violation of any of these policies will result in the appropriate disciplinary actions as also outlined in the handbook.




Academic dishonesty is defined as an action inconsistent with the ethical standards of Miami Dade College. Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to a student’s academic performance.

A.                 Cheating on an examination;

B.                 Collaborating with others in work to be presented, if contrary to the stated ruled of the course;

C.                 Plagiarizing, including the submission of others’ ideas or papers (whether purchased, borrowed, or otherwise obtained) as one’s own;

D.                 Submitting, if contrary to the rules of a course, work previously presented in another course;

E.                  Knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby any work, classroom performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other than the student under whose name the work is submitted or performed.

F.                  Some actions of academic dishonesty, such as stealing examinations or course material and falsifying records, may be processed through the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

(From the Students’ Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. pp. 20)


All students must come to class prepared with their own books and materials. In the interest of fairness to all students who desire a classroom environment conductive to learning, no students will be allowed to share books.

                                                            COURSE OUTLINE


Week 1: Introduction to the Course. Review syllabus. Introduction of musical terms.


Week 2: Elements of Music, Families of instruments, Musical Forms, Musical Styles.


Week 3: Review and Test 1


Week 4: The Middle Ages and The Renaissance


Week 5: The Baroque


Week 6: The Baroque


Week 7: Review and Test 2


Week 8: The Classicism


Week 9: The Classicism –continuation-


Week 10: The Early Romantics


Week11:  Piano Music and Program Music


Week 12: Orchestra and Opera, Nationalism


Week 13: Review and Test 3


Week 14: Early 20th Century Music, Impressionism, American Composers


Week 15: 20th Century Musical Language


Week 16: Test 4