MUS1376 Music Appreciation

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MUS1376 Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation will give the student an expansive capsulation of music stretching back to the Middle Ages and spanning decades of time right up to the present. This course is designed to help the student to promote listening skills and assimilate a vast variety of musical genres, thereby heightening the students musical experience.  The various types of musical instruments used in an orchestral arrangement will be briefly examined.

Music is a part of all cultures and peoples around the world.  It is a powerful, motivational medium.  It can evoke a broad range of emotions, from tears of sadness to the flight of ecstasy, all in the same musical piece.  You will enrich your music listening skills to enhance your pleasure of music.  You will also experience an expansive range of musical genres and bolster your music appreciation.


Music has been described as a channel to soothe the soul and a means to calm a wild beast.  Music is a dynamic force.  You will gain a broader realization of how music works and what the various components are that go into making music.  By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Achieve a working vocabulary of musical terms and concepts
  • Recognize distinct characteristics from music from various historical eras
  • Gain an understanding the various approaches of musical works throughout history
  • Have a knowledge of the instruments that comprise an orchestra
  • Enhance listening skills to better appreciate musical compositions
  • Recognize the powerful force that music exerts on our emotions
  • Experience exposure to a broader range of musical types

Full-CLC Students

“A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

 “Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

USILACS wants to help you succeed. If you feel you need a little knowledge refresher or want to expand your knowledge on this subject, we recommend that you consider reviewing some of the vast online education resources and search topics below.

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(The majority of the exam questions for this course are based upon information contained in the below search topics)

  • (2016) Western Music History: WIKIBOOKS, Open books for an open world.
  • (2014) Music Appreciation: Rice University, Houston, Texas. Gordon Lamp, Catherine Schmidt-Jones.
  • How Music Works – Melody Part 1. Howard Goodall
  • How Music Works - Harmony Part 2. Howard Goodall
  • How Music Works – Rhythm Part 3. Howard Goodall
  • Instrument Families of the Orchestra. University Portal. Liz Diamond-Manlusoc & Ryan Bechtel.
  • How Playing Music Benefits Your Anita Collins.