Music 27A, taught by Larry Ferrara

City College of San Francisco, Summer, 2014 Office A129, ph: (415) 239-3856




The summer 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 either 7:00-7:30 pm or  8:00-8:30 on June 16th.

Please login to the course then and enter the chat room where I will welcome you live and provide information and procedures on how to successfully complete the course, and answer any of your concerns.


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.

During the orientation I will also answer any of your questions or concerns, explain the logistics of the class and discuss the responsibilities you will have while partaking it.
If you have questions or class related concerns before the orientation you can e-mail me anytime between now and when the orientation starts and I will be happy to assist you. Many of these inquiries may be answered by the information below. Here is my class e-mail address:




To login to the class go to the Insight web page, 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 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 ( 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, 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.

There are three formats to the text. Here are your choices:
(Take note that the Music Lab portion of the text is NOT required)

1) LISTEN TO THIS, BOUND BOOK, 2/Edition, by BONDS, Pub. by Pearson, ISBN-9780205777365

2) LISTEN TO THIS, UNBOUND BOOK, Books a la Carte (suitable for 3 ring binder), 2/Edition, by BONDS, Pub. by Pearson, ISBN-9780205021758

3) LISTEN TO THIS ETEXT, (electronic version of the text book), 2/Edition, by BONDS, Pub. by Pearson, ISBN-9780205794379 

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.

There 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.

Live Concerts will 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)


You 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 video word-scores.

Most 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, DSL or cable) then opening them from their current location will be a quicker way for you to hear the examples. It is still possible to download the sound files with a dial up connection it will just take longer. To download any of the sound files from the course right click the file and [Save Target As].


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.


The following date and time will be when the final exam will take place at the City College or San Francisco Ocean/Phelan campus:


Final Exam: Online, Thursday, July 24th, 7:00 PM


Your grade in this course will consist of:

1.     Regular website participation, video word-score listening, mp3 listening, text book and
  web lecture listening/reading. 

2.     Partaking in weekly quizzes.

3.     Contributing to weekly discussion forum topics.

4.     Handing in two concert reviews from live classical music performances

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-MAIL (for private communications to Mr. Ferrara, Best used for “private” questions about registration, grades, problems, etc.

2) BULLETIN BOARD (answering questions that are placed each week ALL students can see; (not private)

3) LIVE CHAT: Before exams the discussion room will be utilized and material will be reviewed especially before the final exam.

4) The WELCOME PAGE contains information on how to use the course and other pertinent course information such grading policies, and exam dates.


5) The SYLLABUS PAGE contains an overview of the entire course and will give you a list of the topics covered in the summer.


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 PAGE gives you quick access to definitions to musical terms and words.


9) The LINKS PAGE takes you to other recommended music sites on the World Wide Web.