Section 9573, Summer 2013 Class begins: June 17, 2013
Class ends: July 25, 2013
Final: July 25, 2013
Days/times: ONLINE CLASS. NOTE THAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SHOW UP ON CAMPUS FOUR TIMES DURING THE SEMESTER. SEE "Important Dates" AND "Tests and "Exams" FOR DETAILS
READ ME FIRST : BE AWARE THAT THIS IS A HYBRID CLASS AND WILL REQUIRE YOUR PRESENCE ON CAMPUS ON 4 OCCASIONS : • 2 of those times will each have one week's window for DVD viewing; • the other 2 occasions, your 2nd mid-term and your final exam, are at specific times — 7/15 @ 1 pm in Forsyth 105 (Music Building) ; 7/25 @ 1 pm in Forsyth 105.
PLEASE CHECK THESE DATES AND TIMES AGAINST THE FINAL EXAM GRID, AS YOUR OTHER FINALS MAY BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE FINAL FOR THIS CLASS. IF IT IS IN CONFLICT WITH THIS EXAM DATE, PLEASE DROP THE CLASS. (And please come back again, when you're available for all commitments)
Welcome to the online version of Classical Music Appreciation.
This course, as I teach it, is in a relatively standard format, in that it consists of 32 lectures, the first five of which I will spend on the elements of music — rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, form, etc. — before beginning at the beginning of the known development of music with early church music, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, all of which is covered in the next 3 lectures. The remainder of the course covers the "modern" periods of music — that is, those styles and works that you're most likely to be more familiar with, whether directly by listening to classical recordings and radio stations, or indirectly hearing the music in movies, TV shows, commercials, etc. — those periods that we know as the Baroque, the Classical and the Romantic periods and right up through music of the 20th century.
I've created a course here that incorporates into my narrated lecture many musical examples — some short, some long, most from recorded music, some from created MIDI files — plus slides, film, musical illustrations, charts and artwork, to which I add many examples that are often outside the classical repertoire, venturing into Rock and Roll, Jazz, film music, etc.
This is an online HYBRID class. For any student unfamiliar with taking classes in an online environment, I would recommend that you first successfully complete CSKLS 334 in advance. CSKLS 334 is a half-credit, 3-week long course, offered by the College Skills Dept., called "How to take An Online Class."
As a hybrid class, there are only two face-to-face class meetings for the purpose of taking exams; there are two additional trips to campus that are required to view DVDs: the first of them on Mozart's opera, The Marriage of Figaro; the second on Wagner's opera— part of the series he called The Ring of the Nibelungen— which is entitled, Die Walkure.
As with any online class, we will use the message list component of this program as the principal vehicle for our online discussions (more on this below). Be aware that online activity is not anonymous and students must conduct themselves in a manner which reflects their awareness of common standards of decency and the rights of others. For clarification and elaboration on this point, I refer you to the college Student Conduct Standards and Due Process Procedures. http://www.santarosa.edu/for_students/rules-regulations/student-conduct.shtml
Student Learning Outcomes
General Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will be able to actively listen with comprehension to the great works of Western classical music and analyze their inherent characteristics. 2. Students will be able to describe and relate how the syntax and structure of classical music has changed over time relative to cultural circumstances.
Specifics in this course: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Define and explain the basic elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, musical form, texture, etc. 2. Define and explain the sound properties of various musical instruments and ensembles. 3. Compare and contrast the differences in artistic style and culture of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras in relation to politics, religion, and economics. 4. Identify the prominent composers of each stylistic period and explain their historical importance. 5. Identify musical compositions from the various historical eras by listening. 6. Explain how musical styles and techniques relate to both the biographical details of the composers and their compositions.
1. Attend— class lectures. Much of the music played in our virtual classroom is to demonstrate a principle or concept. Because many of these pieces may not be assigned or available for outside listening, your understanding of each concept is dependent on your attendance.
2. Read— assigned chapters in the text, and “handouts”, as indicated in class Syllabus.
3. Listen— For the recognition portion of your learning, your textbook package includes 4 CDs containing all the music that you will be required to recognize on your listening exams. It is your responsibility to keep up with the schedule of assigned readings and listenings.
One of the most important learning outcomes that I hope to achieve in this course is a more finely developed listening facility. Much of what I offer in my lectures has that end in mind, as does the FERRIS website — the site that supplements your textbook.
In addition, all of the Listening Guides found in the textbook, are, in downloadable form, interactive. Instructions are available online at the FERRIS site.
4. Discussion— New ideas, concepts, listening skills, etc., which are a part of any class, beg clarification and prompt questions. In a a face-to-face class, we are all there to discuss, clarify, possibly be enlightened on a point, and in my face-to-face classes, I have encouraged asking those questions. We have the same concerns in an online class, although it's not as obvious or as easy to ask those questions. It is much more difficult for me to tell if you're with me on a point, or indeed, with me at all, and because it is even more important for you to ask and for me to know that you're there, I require a certain amount of online discussion prompted by those questions and concerns. It's also important that these discussions take place publicly, that is, using our Message Board, for most of our communication, because every one else in the class can benefit from hearing the question and answer, and because I will only have to answer the question once. Which also prompts me to suggest that you check the Message Board daily (which you should be doing anyway) in case your question has already been asked, discussed and /or answered by someone else.
In Unit I (Fundamentals), there are Listening Exercises embedded in the reading, which are required as a part of your reading assignments. Your textbook comes with a 4-CD set of music. The 4-CD set contains music that you will be expected to recognize and identify in listening exams. There are listening charts in each chapter, that correspond with the tracks of this music.
In addition to the charts in your books, the publisher provides an Online Learning Center associated with your textbook, where there are interactive exercises/charts online that can be of even greater help. To access the online guides for these Exercises, as well as the charts for all the music on your music CD playlist (the 4-CD set), the applicable CD/DVD must be placed in your computer’s CD drive. These charts and exercises are important to the understanding of the concept at hand. Your success in this course may well depend on your availing yourself of these charts. For more information, please see the Textbook section of this Section Homepage and/or p. xxvii of your textbook.
Extra Credit: 5. I would encourage you to attend live classical concerts, whether symphony, opera, recital, ballet or chamber music. To that end, I offer extra credit for a report on such a concert. This is specifically for a classical concert. If there is any question of whether a concert would qualify as “classical”, I remain the final judge. You will find guidelines for this concert report below on this page, as well as on the Listen website.
Special note: This report will be accepted all semester up to the due date indicated. After that date, no reports will be accepted.
As stated elsewhere, you will need to appear in person to take the second (mid-term) and third (final) exam. Those dates are listed under Tests and Exams below.
In addition, you must come to campus (Media Center in the Library on both the Santa Rosa campus and the Petaluma campus) to view DVDs on two different occasions: As part of lecture 17: Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and As part of lecture 25:. Wagner's die Walkure. See Schedule page for details.
Be aware of the hours that the Media Center is open, which are shorter hours (in Santa Rosa) than the Library hours.
One more date to keep in mind. If you are writing a concert report, the last day I can accept it is Tuesday, July 23.
Regarding access to the CATE system, please note this general rule : The time between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Fridays is reserved for CATE system maintenance. You should plan your work so as to avoid any possible disruption of service during this period.
Because this is an Internet-based class, students will need:
* Access to the Internet via high-speed connection such as cable or DSL
* A recent version of Web browser software (such as Firefox, or Safari); NOTE: If you are having difficulty, Firefox seems the most trouble-free. There have been problems reported with Internet Explorer and Chrome. Make sure you've downloaded the latest version of the browser software. Find Link below in the Links section.
* You will also need QuickTime Player installed on your computer. The current version is QuickTime X (as of 4/25/11, latest update, 10.0). It is a free download. Find Link below in the Links section.
•The website for the Ferris textbook has a download link for the CHARTPLAYER software you'll need to operate the interactive listening guides on the site. See links below.
* A fully-featured software DVD player on your computer. Mac computers come with one installed.
For Windows : Windows Media Player requires a plug-in DVD Decoder to make it full- featured. Find Link below in the Links section.
For Mac : With Flip4Mac Windows Media Components for QuickTime you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser. Find Link below in the Links section.
* An email account and ability to access that account for sending and receiving messages * A sufficiently powerful computer with a modern operating system capable of supporting the above requirements
* Occasionally, there may be a need to download an Adobe PDF file, for which you’ll need Adobe Reader. If you don’t already have Adobe Reader, you can download it from Adobe’s site. Find Link below in the Links section.
Students who don't possess a suitable computer with all the necessary software will need to make arrangements for reliable, convenient access to necessary hardware and software, such as through their work place or SRJC campus computer labs.
PROBLEMS WITH YOUR COMPUTER HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE WILL NOT CONSTITUTE AN ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE FOR FAILURE TO COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS ON TIME.
The textbook I use is Music: The Art of Listening, 9th ed., by Jean Ferris with Larry Worster. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2014. Also included in the price is full access to all of the Online resources for this textbook, including the e-book, extensive audio files needed.and study aids..
Please note : This textbook will be new in the Summer Session: Music: The Art of Listening by Jean Ferris, 9th Ed. including music files. The publisher is discontinuing the 8th edition (what I've been using for the last 3 years), but the 9th isn't quite ready yet. The bookstore reports that 2 options will be available beginning on May 20: an online ebook version and a loose leaf book. The ebook will be considerably less expensive than the physical book.
DVD VIEWINGS Twice during the semester you will be required to go to the Media Center of Doyle Library (Santa Rosa campus) or Mahoney Library (Petaluma campus) to view DVDs that have been placed on reserve for this class. This is to be coordinated with the lecture segments in Lectures 16-17 (for Mozart's Marriage of Figaro) and Lecture 25 (for Wagner's Die Walküre).
This class is always moderately large and attempts at individual viewing may result in frustrated trips to the library. I would advise you to organize together for group viewings. Both libraries have viewing rooms for that purpose. This way, you're not all fighting for private time with the DVD.
As these viewings should be synchronized to the lecture, it is also advisable to bring a laptop, as some lecture segments and narration between scenes will help minimize confusion.
Finally, you must ask for a viewing slip in order to document your attendance. You will give me the viewing slip at face-to-face exams, in my mailbox in the Music Dept. or electronically attached to emails.
Participation is crucial to an online course. It is also crucial that I be given the opportunity to answer questions as they arise. It is difficult enough for me to know whether students are tuning in when attending a face-to-face class. It is impossible to know that fact in an online environment, unless your participation is on record. This is why participation in discussion is mandatory. You must have at least one post per week up through the week prior to the last week of classes. Your degree of involvement in discussion will be reflected in your grade [10 points to start + once each month = 8 points] (also see grading distribution). Note: Sorry, but private postings to the instructor can't count toward class participation.
That said, the principal function of the discussion forum is not to police your activity, but rather to facilitate your understanding of the material. I hope you will avail yourself of this resource.
Tests and Exams
There will be three exams altogether. One of the exams will be taken ONLINE at the beginning of the third week of the semester (see Schedule Page). PLEASE NOTE: The other two exams will be taken in person on the Santa Rosa campus: July 15 @ 1 pm for the 2nd mid-term in Forsyth 105 July 25 @ 1 pm for the Final exam in Forsyth 105
PLEASE CHECK THESE DATES AND TIMES AGAINST THE FINAL EXAM GRID, AS YOUR OTHER FINALS MAY BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE FINAL FOR THIS CLASS.
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE REQUIRED EXAMS, DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS— THEY MUST BE TAKEN IN PERSON AT THE APPOINTED TIME.
IF YOU ARE DYING AT THE TIME OF THE EXAM AND YOU RECOVER, YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE WRITTEN EXAM ONLY, AS THE LISTENING EXAM REQUIRES A PRECISE CHOICE OF LISTENING EXCERPT, THE CONDITIONS OF WHICH CANNOT BE EXACTLY DUPLICATED. I REPEAT, IF YOU DO NOT COME AT THE APPOINTED TIME, YOU WILL FORFEIT YOUR LISTENING EXAM GRADE (10%, or a full grade.)
EXAMINATIONS: The three written (multiple-choice objective) examinations will be based upon (1) the lectures, which, hopefully will direct and help you in isolating and reinforcing the important points stressed in each chapter of (2) the reading assignments and (3) the combination of additional handouts for reading, class discussions, and the Music Recognition List as they all relate to the music studied and listened to in lectures, as well as on your own. (4) you will be responsible for identifying all the music on the 4-CD set in the Listening Recognition exams. Any possible exceptions will be made clear (see below) (5) Some of the music heard in class will not be taken from the Listening / Recognition CDs. You will NOT be expected to identify this music (in no. (4) above) for recognition exams, but you should assume that if I play music in class, it is relevant to the topic at hand, and may serve as illustration of a concept that will be tested in the written exams.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: these are not open-book exams, nor are you allowed to access the class lecture materials or other sources, online or off, during the time that you are taking the exams. To further clarify, assume the same instructions as for a face-to-face exam— clear your desk of anything but your exams. As relates to the 2 online exams, the CATE system gives me rather detailed access as to which lectures you visit and when and it is unfortunate, but time has taught me that I HAVE TO MONITOR YOUR BEHAVIOR DURING THESE ONLINE EXAMS. If it has been determined that you have accessed materials online or off while taking any of the exams, you may be failed for that exam at the discretion of the instructor. Remember that you may only take the online exams once each; clicking on the link to each exam more than once may constitute an excessive number of loads, also subject to the discretion of the instructor.
Please take a moment to read the Academic Integrity Statement from the SRJC District Policy Manual, for which there is a link in the Links of Interest section below.
Grading Emphasis and distribution: assignment points (percentage of total grade) Written Exam #1 = 100 (10%) Listening Exam #1 = 100 (10%) Written Exam #2 = 200 (20%) Listening Exam #2 = 100 (10%) Written Exam #3 = 200 (20%) Listening Exam #3 = 100 (10%)
Participation on Message Board = 50 (5% or half a grade) 2 DVD viewings = 150 (15%) Total Points = 1000 points
[extra credit: for attending a classical concert; see below] (5%) = 50
Letter Grade - Point equivalence A = 895 or above B = 795 or above C = 695 or above D = 595 or above
Concert Report Guidelines
For the optional Concert Report : Firstly, it has to be a concert of a classical ensemble or artist, performing CLASSICAL repertoire. It's not very pertinent to what we're studying here to hear a symphony pops concert of jazz favorites, which I might add, would be a fun thing to do, and would be just as valid an experience. But it's not applicable to our class. This is not a value judgment on the genre of music — it's just not the genre that we're studying in this class. Also, it needs to be a concert by professional musicians, which can make a great difference in your perception and appreciation of the music.
Since it's impossible to monitor whether you really went, I have required my face-to-face classes to give me a program that documents your having attended. Since this is an online class, we can do it entirely online, by scanning the program. The page(s) that you scan should include the artist's/groups name and the list of concert pieces (usually no more than one page). You can attach both report and scan to an email.
Here are a few guidelines that may help you to write your report. Your Listen website online resources include a Concert Report Guideline as well.
What kind of ensemble or soloist performed the music ? If an ensemble, could you begin to identify which instruments were playing ? Could you detect a form in the music ? maybe the program notes discussed the form of some of the movements. How many movements in a given work ? Does that correspond to what we've discussed ?
How did you feel about the music ? Did you like it or dislike it ? Did you feel they performed it well ? These are just a few Qs to get you thinking.
The report should not be too elaborate. It should be 2-3 pages long. I just want your general impressions of the music, relating what you heard to what we've talked about in class.
Please refer to the section in your textbook, entitled "Attending Performances" for more help.
The main point of this exercise is to get you out to a live performance, and to get you to think a bit about it. It should be fun and need not get too technical. I WANT YOU ALL TO LIKE THIS STUFF.
Sending these extra credit reports as an attachment to an email is my preferred method of getting it to me. Please name the report in the following format: “YOUR NAME, SECTION NO. (fill in section no.) CONCERT REPORT” This will ensure that I can find your report and you get proper credit for it.
Before you can participate in this class you must register with Admissions & Records. When the class actually begins, you must check in online as soon as possible. By checking in, you'll notify your instructor of your email address and you'll create your personal username and password. You'll need that username and password to access some Web-based components of your class and/or to fully participate in certain online activities. After you check in, your username and password will not be activated until your instructor accepts you into the class; acceptance might sometimes take a day or two, so don't delay! Check in as soon as class begins.
This class is configured so that you MUST go through the CATE check-in process. No username or password will be functional until you successfully complete the check-in process and your instructor accepts you into class.
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The check-in link is no longer available because check-in has closed. The check-in link for this section was open in this location from 9 June 2012 through 14 June 2012.
Students with impaired hearing should consult with the instructor and a DRD specialist before enrolling in an online section of this course.
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