Music Literature

MUSI 1307

  • State Approval Code: 5009025226
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

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

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 participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

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

To prepare students to begin the Music History sequence of classes at a four-year University.

Specific Course Objectives

Identify the major periods of music history, general style characteristics and genres of each period, and major composers of each period and representative works; understand the relationship between cultural developments/events and developments in musical styles and philosophies; be able to speak/write knowledgibly about various musical styles/periods in the context of listening to representative works.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

This course will review fundamentals of music and present the student with a basic musical vocabulary with which to navigate the text. In addition, it will introduce the student to the various periods of music history: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century. The historical background, major composers, compositional trends, and musical examples of these periods will be discussed.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The student will be expected to prepare readings and to actively discuss the material in a group setting.


Students will be tested four times during the semester and must complete a 10 page research paper.
Research paper.............25%
Final Exam....................25%
Attendance policy:
Students are allowed a total of two absences over the course of the semester. For each additional absence the final grade percentage will be lowered one letter grade. No differentiation will be made between excused and unexcused absences. It is the responsibility of the students who arrive after the class has begun to inform the instructor of their tardiness, otherwise, the grade remains an absence. Once the next class begins, the grade will not be changed. Two tardies equal one absence.
Research Paper:
The term paper is to be submitted using 12-point Times New Roman font, 10 pages in length (minimum), double-spaced, using a minimum of 7 resources; only 2 sources can be internet-based. All papers must attempt to use the “References for Research Paper” listed directly below this section. No installments of this paper may be turned in late!
  • References for Research Paper:
  • Baker’s Biographical Dictionary
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • Harvard Dictionary of Music
  • J-Stor-online database
  • Worldcat-online database
  • Various recordings and scores

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Kerman, Joseph. Listen, 6th Edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s, New York: 2008 and Kerman, Joseph. Listen, 6th Edition 6-CD set. Bedford/St. Martin’s, New York: 2008.