Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation Syllabus

Course Description 

Music is part of everyday lives and reflects the spirit of our human condition. To know and understand music, we distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels. This course will provide students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth First Century. Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences more informed and satisfying. 

This is a 1 semester course consisting of 8 units. Upon successful completion students will receive 0.5 credit towards high school graduation.

Course Overview

  • The Elements of Music
  • Pop Music
  • Ancient Music
  • Renaissance Music
  • Baroque Period
  • The Classical Era
  • The Romantic Period
  • Jazz

Required Course Materials

Please access the list of course materials from the OC Online book ordering system and order your materials as soon as possible. Oftentimes, course materials are on back order and you may experience a delay in receiving them, causing students to fall behind in their online coursework. When ordering used or rented materials, be careful that online access codes are also current.

Methods of Evaluation

Students will demonstrate mastery through the following formative and summative assessments:

  • 40%       Assignments
  • 10%           Participation (Discussion Posts, Synchronous Sessions)
  • 10%           Quizzes
  • 25%           Final Exam
  • 15%           Midterm

* Semester-long Course and ** Eight-week Course

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