Music Appreciation

MUSI 1306

  • State Approval Code: 5009025100
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

A music listening course designed for the non-music major. Students explore music through its basic elements, forms, styles, and major composers. Music majors should enroll in MUSI 1307. Lecture Hrs = 3, Lab Hrs = 0

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communications choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To understand and apply basic principles of proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities after
studying music and interrelated humanities of the various historical periods.
2. To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context after studying the lives and times of the great composers, performing artists and their contemporaries.
3. To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities upon listening to recording of and
videos about famous composers and their contemporaries.
4. To engage in the creative process of interpretive performance and comprehend the physical
and intellectual demands required of the performing artist after learning about the personal
sacrifices and triumphs of great composers and artists of past and present.
5. To articulate an informal personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities after listening
to recordings and videos in class and at approved concerts of great musical works.
6. To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts after studying the material in the course, listening to the compact discs and videos in
class and after attending approved musical concerts.
7. To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or arts on
intercultural experiences after studying material about the other humanities and their
influence on music and musicians around the world, presented with each unit and chapter
throughout the course.

Specific Course Objectives

Students in all sections of Music Appreciation MUSI 1306 will be required to do all of the following:
1. Attend one or more concerts on and/or off campus as required by the instructor and complete
a writing assignment; or write reports, as directed by the instructor on musical videos presented in class.
2. Read, analyze, and discuss reading assignments.
3. Fulfill library assignments and given research assignments-including use of the Internet and other electronic information sources.
4. Take essay and/or objective examinations or quizzes over specified material, including vocabulary.
5. Participate in student lecture presentations by actively presenting as well as listening and responding to presentations made by other students.
6. Take notes over lectures.
7. Participate in group projects or discussions

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Instruction for this course may be achieved through the use of lecture, discussion, class projects, student presentations, internet, video, listening to recordings of musical performances, demonstrations, field trips, and readings.


Faculty may assign both in- and out-of-class activities to evaluate students’ knowledge and abilities.
Faculty may choose from the following methods:
• Attendance
• Class preparedness
• Collaborative learning projects
• Exams/tests/quizzes
• Homework
• Internet
• Journals
• Library assignments
• Readings
• Recital attendance
• Research papers
• Student-teacher conferences
• Written assignments
Students’ final grades are determined by an assessment of their work as reflected in their overall performance. Determining factors that may be used by the instructor are listed above under “Assessment.”

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

• A college Music Appreciation textbook
• A set of CDs or cassette tapes that accompany the required Music Appreciation textbook.