ONLINE MUSIC APPRECIATION
Music 27A, taught by Larry Ferrara
E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Office A129, ph: (415) 239-3856
class orientation will take place online
within the Music Appreciation course. Your
account will be made active on Sunday,
June 15th and the online
orientation will be held on Monday June 16th,
depending on which section you're enrolled
in your orientation will take place at
The two orientations will be held within the time frame below:
Orientation times on Monday evening, June 16, 2014
CRN: 52492, SECTION, 831: 7:00-7:30 PM
CRN: 52493 SECTION, 832: 8:00-8:30 PM
When you enter the online Music
Appreciation class orientation at the
appropriate time I will welcome you live,
provide information and procedures on how
to successfully complete the course, and
go over the class requirements.
HOW TO LOGIN
To login to the class go to the Insight web page, http://insight.ccsf.edu and enter your password and username. Your password will be sent to you by way of e-mail and your user name is your CCSF ID. The username must be in lower case letters (change a W to w and an X to x) and numbers (not “o” or letters for numbers).
Music Appreciation is an exploration in the materials and masterworks of great music, from Medieval Chant to Contemporary Popular styles. Students begin by studying the elements of music (pitch, melody, rhythm, harmony, form, etc.) then learn about the instruments of the orchestra and build a comprehensive vocabulary with which to understand and evaluate musical expression. From there, they survey the continuum of musical history in Western Civilization, from the Middle Ages through the present time. Along the way the student will become aware of musical form, the great works and composers of Classical music and in ultimately by the end become a better music listener.
The 22 web lectures are embedded with over 90 audio examples. There are reading assignments, and links to other resources on the Web. Music Appreciation also features a Bulletin Board, and weekly quizzes that the student can use to test him or herself and prepare for exams.
Once you’ve logged in, visit the Welcome page and be sure of all the requirements before you start working online.
You will need to purchase a
text for this course. You can either
acquire a hard bound copy or and
electronic e-book. It can be acquired
in one of formats below:
1.) The textbook is:
Listen to This, Second Edition
by Mark Bonds, published by, Pearson,
2011. All of the audio for the
course will be accessed or downloaded from
both the CCSF Insight pages or the http://www.musicappreciation.com
pages. It will not be necessary to
buy the CD set or the Music Lab
(MyMusicLab), only the text is
required. You may purchase the CD's or the
music lab (www.mymusiclab.com) as an
option but they are NOT REQUIRED. Only the
text book Listen to This by
Mark Bonds is required.
How to obtain the text book:
One of the best ways to purchase the text is at the City College San Francisco bookstore. But you may wish to buy it online.
If you prefer
online ordering you can obtain the text
directly from the publisher, Pearson Or, www.amazon.com The Amazon site carries new as
well as "gently used" books, which will
save you some money. Be aware that when
you buy this book new or used you do NOT
need the music lab that comes along with
it (the lab is an option and NOT a
requirement). Some generic online college
bookstores also carry the text, i.e. campusbooks.com
1) LISTEN TO
THIS, BOUND BOOK, 2/Edition, by BONDS, Pub. by Pearson,
The text book will also be on reserve in the CCSF library, and the Media Center of Rosenberg Hall.
You can use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari for this course. The only other requirement is an mp3 player, which many computers already have installed in their operating system. If you don't have one, you can download it using this website:
There will by weekly Assignments for you to fulfill with corresponding web lectures, readings, listenings, viewing, and following detailed video word-scores. To access the appropriate assignments for each week you will go to the Assignment page(s).
There will be four weekly quizzes with questions that will help you better understand the concepts you will be learning and the music you will be listening to. To access these weekly quizzes, log into this course, go to the current blocks of content that will be dated, and take the assigned quizzes for the existing weeks you are in and submit them for evaluation.
There will be weekly Forum postings with questions and discussions for you to answer and participate in. To answer these weekly questions, log into this course, go to the current blocks of content that will be dated, and look for the forum or discussion room and find the weekly question(s), answer to participate.
will by a scheduled Live Discussion on certain occasions and
especially before exams. To access the
chat room, log into this course, and go
the Review Session room.
be written about and reviewed reflecting
your experience at classical music
concerts. There will be summer listings
for free and reasonably priced classical
concerts on the homepage of the class.
Each segment of the website will coordinate the web lectures, the textbook readings, listening viewing, and video word-score portions of the class. Each weekly assignment will contain two units of work that you will need to complete within the duration of 7 days – in other words – you will need to complete two units of web-lectures, text book reading, listening, video-word scores and quizzes in one week. Once you've visited, read and listened to that week’s units of web-lectures, listening, and textbook reading, and video-word scores you will then proceed to the corresponding quizzes and bulletin board questions.
You will need to take 4 chapter quizzes, each week and these weekly quizzes are required for they are a way for you (and me) to make sure you are keeping up with the listening and learning the material in the text, on the web, and through the bulletin board. The final exam will be taken online. The weekly quizzes will be recorded and graded. They are open book and or open computer. The weekly quizzes are in multiple choices, matching, or true and false format. Your written work will be reflected in the forum discussions and by way of your concert reviews (more info below)
need to do the equivalent of one hour of
music listening a week in this course. The
way you fulfill that requirement is by
either downloading the files from the
Music Appreciation website, by listen to
streaming audio example available to you
from the weekly web lecture. Your
listening hours will be kept track of by
you downloading the mp3s from the Music
Appreciation pages, or listening to the
examples directly online. In addition,
there are listening identification
questions asked of you on the weekly
quizzes. These listening questions will be
based on you weekly audio, video, and
of the genres, terms and instrument
explanations are embedded with sound files
or mp3’s. You can down load these files to
your computer and then open them, or open
the files directly from the server
location. If you download them, you will
have them for future reference and can
hear them “off line.” It is recommended
that you download them (for future review)
as well as listen to them as you are
reading the corresponding information. If
you have a fast internet connection (T1,
Each week during the summer there will be question(s) posed to you from each weekly unit of information and material. These question(s) will formulate discussion threads in the class. In addition to the weekly readings, web viewing, listening, and weekly quizzes, the bulletin board questions will contain critical thinking inquiries about musical issues for you to consider. These questions are designed to make you think about what music is and how to listen to in an intelligent and aesthetic way. There will be new questions each week for you to answer. You are expected to keep up with these questions by responding to them, as well as reacting to other class members contributions.
To keep up these questions you will contribute with at least two postings each week (a summer minimum of 15 postings and 15 responses to other class member’s posts): Your bulletin board participation will be answering a question that I pose and also commenting on another class member’s response to a question regarding a current or previous post. Your participation will be graded and you will be asked similar questions during the final exam. I will read all of your posts and participate in most if not all of the current weekly discussions, Monday through Saturday. Is you post on a Sunday (no penalty), I will read and rate your post and not necessarily respond to it. If you miss a week’s set of questions you can answer questions from the previous week for partial credit.
During the summer session each student is assigned the writing of two music reviews. At least one of the reviews must be of a classical music performance, world music, ballet, choir or opera performance. The remaining review can be of a classical or jazz performance - two reviews. These reviews are based on attended live performances. The two concert reviews are due by the by the end of the summer session and can be uploaded on the homepage of the class. You must include a program or ticket stub along with your live concert review.
Attendance in the class will be followed by: 1) how often you log on to the course to do the work and experience the listening, 2) your weekly quiz performances, and 3) weekly bulletin board participation, 4) loging in to take the final exam. You are expected to login and do the work each week. Each week you will have a new reading assignment(s), a group of new quizzes and new bulletin board questions. You will have only one week to complete the readings, learn the video and word-score content, and do the listening, take the quizzes, and answer or respond to the bulletin board questions. If you do not log onto the course and do the work each week you will lose credit and it will directly affect your grade. If you fail to log on and do the work for one week or seven consecutive days your class progress will decline and directly affect your grade. If you miss two weeks of consecutive work (14 days of not logging on), you will be dropped from the class. The course week will run from Monday to Sunday.
The final exam will be multiple choice, matching, true false or fill in/short essay format. In addition to preparing you for the final the weekly quizzes will indicate how you are keeping up with the class, website viewing, listening and textbook reading.
You will be actively viewing, listening and reading material on music in this course. The assignments, corresponding quizzes, vides, listening examples, and bulletin board bulletin board postings are specifically designed to teach you how to listen to music and help you understand great music. The more you work in the course the better you will understand the material and the fare on the exam. The material on the final will be covered by the weekly quizzes, the weekly listening, text book reading, website viewing, word-scores, and live discussion review. The final will be multiple choice, matching, true false or fill in/short essay format. The final will reflect how well you kept up with the class, website viewing, listening, discussing and textbook reading.
following date and time will be when the
final exam will take place at the
Final Exam: Online, Thursday, July 24th,
Your grade in this course will consist of:
website participation, video word-score
listening, mp3 listening, text book and
2. Partaking in weekly quizzes.
3. Contributing to weekly discussion forum topics.
in two concert reviews from live classical
5. Taking the final.
1. Logging on, participating, reading, listening 20% of final grade
2. Weekly Quizzes 20% of final grade
3. Forum discussion participation 20% of final grade
4. Concert reviews 20% of final grade
5. Final 20% of final grade
6. Attendance regular attendance is mandatory
(see above for details)
As far as interaction is concerned-- the more the better! There are three different ways to communicate:
1) DIRECT E-
2) BULLETIN BOARD (answering questions that are
placed each week
3) LIVE CHAT: Before exams the discussion room will be utilized and material will be reviewed especially before the final exam.
6) ASSIGNMENTS contain links to the weekly web lectures (2 or 3), listening files and the corresponding readings from the text.
7) QUIZZES. You will have one week to complete the assigned quizzes and then they will be replaced with a newer quizzes which will be based on later course content. In other words you have a new two and sometimes three new quizzes each week and you have one week to take those quizzes. Remember the quiz questions will help you greatly on the final.
8) The GLOSSARY
9) The LINKS