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Course Syllabus

Course Information MUSI 1306. 002 Understanding Music Hours: 4.00 pm – 5.15 pm, Monday & Wednesday, AH2 1.204 Final Project: Concert Review is due Wednesday, December 9, 2009. Final Exam: Friday, December 11 th , 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

Fall 2009

Professor Contact Information Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg, DMA Arts and Humanities JO-31 Office Hours: Arts and Humanities JO 5. 712. By appointment only. Email: jxj093000@utdallas.edu Phone: 972-821-1627

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions Prior musical knowledge is helpful but not necessary for this class and there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites.

Course Description This course is an introduction to music terminology, history, and literature. It is designed to help students critically listen, understand and enjoy music. Students will develop an understanding of a variety of musical forms, life and works of significant composers and renowned musicians. The course will be solely focused on Western Music covering the following major style periods: Middle Ages (400- 1400), Renaissance (1400-1600), Baroque (1600-1750), Classical (1750-1825), Romantic (1820 1900), and Post Romanticism, Impressionism, and Early Twentieth Century (1900-1940).

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes Students should demonstrate an understanding of the course of Western Music and its relationship to the social, political, literary, and cultural thought of the time-- more specifically, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, 20 th Century, and Contemporary periods. Students will be expected to identify and discuss the major elements of Western Music such as harmony, melody, form, timbre, interpretation, texture, and dynamics. Students will be expected to compare and contrast the fundamental characteristics of the styles and elements of music and will be evaluated through tests, quizzes, class participation, and analyses of musical performances. This should result in a better understanding, and in turn, a greater appreciation of all types of music and the society and culture from which this art is derived.

Required Textbooks and Materials Text: Understanding Music, fifth edition, Jeremy Yudkin, Prentice Hall. Accompanying 3-CD set*** Notebook for in-class information

Assignment Schedule for Fall 2009

Week 1: Monday, August 24th : Syllabus Handout.

Wednesday, August 26th: Introduction, Syllabus and Course Overview. The Elements of Music including melody (pitch), harmony, rhythm, form, timbre, texture, dynamics- Fundamentals of notation, key centers, and musical form. Read pp. 25-41.

Week 2: Monday, August 31 st : Musical Instruments, String, Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments. Musical Ensembles: Choral groups and the Orchestra. Read pp 44-52. Listen: Handel I, 7; Dukas I, 8.

Wednesday, September 2 nd : Historical Periods and Individual Style. The Middle Ages. Read Chapter 4. Listen: Perotinus I, 26 Machaut I, 28

Week 3: Monday, September 7 th is Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 9 th . The Renaissance. Read Chapter 5. Listen: Aquinas I, 29; Desprez I, 30 Palestrina I, 31; Morley I, 33; Gabrieli I, 35

Week 4: Monday, September 14 th . The Baroque. Genres of the Baroque Era. Early Opera in Italy and England: Claudio Monteverdi: “Orfeo” and Henry Purcell: “Dido and Aeneas.” Baroque Dances in France. Read pp. 120-135. Listen: Monteverdi I, 40 Purcell I, 43.

Wednesday, September 16 th . The Late Baroque. Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Read pp. 136-157. Listen Vivaldi 1, 47 Handel 2, 8

Week 5: Monday, September 21 st : The Baroque Era Style Summary: Listen Bach II, 1. Exam Review.

Wednesday, September 23 rd. Exam #1

Week 6: Monday, September 28 th . The Classical Era. Genres and Forms of Classic Music. Read pp. 160-175. Listen: Giovanni Pergolesi II, 37.

Wednesday, September 30 th . The Classic masters: Franz Joseph Haydn. Read pp. 175-182. Listen: II 12 and II 17.

Week 7: Monday, October 5 th . The Classic masters: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Read pp. 182- 195. Listen: II, 48; II, 20 and III, 1.

Wednesday, October 7 th . The Classic masters. Ludwig van Beethoven. Read pp. 198-206. Listen:

II, 28 and III, 9.

Week 8: Monday, October 12 th . Beethoven’s 5 th Symphony and his late works. Read pp. 206-224. Listen: II 30, III, 11; III, 40.

Wednesday, October 14 th . First Concert Review is due. Student Presentations.

Week 9: Monday, October 19 th . The Nineteenth Century: Early Romantic Music. Franz Schubert. Read pp. 226-246. Listen: II, 59; II, 62.

Wednesday, October 21 st . Hector Berlioz and Felix Mendelssohn. Read pp. 247-256.

Week 10: Monday, October 26 th . Frederic Chopin, Robert and Clara Schumann:

Read pp. 259-271. Listen: III, 1; III, 4.

Wednesday, October 28 th . Franz Liszt. Read pp. 274-280. Exam Review.

Week 11: Monday, November 2 nd . Exam # 2

Wednesday, November 4 th . Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Read pp. 281-292. Listen: III,


Week 12: Monday, November 9 th . Late Romanticism. Johannes Brahms. Read pp. 300-307. Listen: II, 15

Wednesday, November 11 th . Giacomo Puccini and Gustav Mahler. Read pp. 308-317. 21; III, 24.

Listen: III,

Week 13 th : Monday, November 16th. The Twenties Century. General Characteristics.

Impressionism and Symbolism. III, 28.

Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky. Read pp. 319-337. Listen:

Wednesday, November 18 th . Expressionism. Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Read pp. 343-352. Listen: III, 30; III, 31; III, 36.

Week 14 th : Monday, November 23 rd . Bėla Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten. Read pp. 354-359.

Wednesday, November 25 th . The American Scene. Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. Read pp. 361-365. Listen: III, 37; III, 41. Exam Review

Week 15 th : Monday, November 30 th . Exam # 3.

Wednesday, December 2 nd . Modernism and Total Serialism. Pierre Boulez. Read pp. 374378. Listen: III, 45.

Week 16 th : Monday, December 7 th . Final Exam Review.

Wednesday, December 9 th . Final project, Concert Review # 2. Student Presentations.

Final Exam: Friday, December 11 th , 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

Check the UTDallas Academic Calendar for Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines. http://www.utdallas.edu/student/registrar/calendar/

Grading Policy Exams There will be three scheduled exams worth 50% of the final grade. Exams and quizzes will include written and aural content and will be derived from reading assignments in the text, listening assignments, and class discussions. Quizzes will be unannounced. Students will be required to come to class prepared to discuss reading and listening assignments. The final grade will be evaluated from class participation, three exams, four quizzes, the critique of one performance, and a Final Project as follows:

Class Participation:


Exams (3):


Quizzes (4):


Concert Review #1:


Concert Review # 2 Final Project


Concert Review #1 must be live, classical concerts. The piece that you will critique must be written by a composer mentioned in our text, or one approved by the instructor.

Concert Review # 2 is a Final Project. This work is by a composer of your choice. This work may be a live performance or recorded, and must include a description, interpretation, and evaluation of all applicable musical elements. A suggested resource for this assignment can be found in the UTD Library Music Data Base:

You can get to the Naxos Music Library by going to the library’s webpage (www.utdallas.edu/library). Under Collections, click on “Find Articles (Databases);” then click on “P” for Performing Arts. Scroll down to the Naxos Music Library. If you’re off-campus, you will be prompted for your student number and last name.

Extra credit policy: There will be a limited number opportunities presented during the semester. Students can complete two extra credit assignments and earn up to two points per extra credit opportunity. The points earned will be applied to the overall accumulated points. The Class presentation of the Concert Review is a good opportunity to own an extra credit.

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Course & Instructor Policies Attendance and Class Participation Attendance is mandatory and roll is taken at each class. An absence or lateness will only be considered if excused by email prior to the class, except in cases of emergency or as noted below. Reading assignments (from the text, handouts) and listening assignments (from the required 3-CD set) will be discussed in class. Reading and listening assignments are sequential and therefore must be completed before each class. Also, there will be in-class written assignments. This syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

Reviews Students are required to review two musical performances. The first review must be live classical concerts. The second review is a Final Project may be a live concert or any recording of your choice (see above). Free concerts are available throughout the year on campus as well as at other off-campus venues. Go to http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/events/ for a complete listing. Decorum, Classroom Citizenship, and Extra-curricular matters

All written work and class discussion for this course must employ gender-neutral, nonsexist language, and rhetorical constructions. Such practice is part of a classroom environment according full respect and opportunity to all participants by all others. There will be no make-up quizzes or exams without prior consent except as noted. Students may request to do one extra credit assignment at the instructor’s discretion. Late assignments will be accepted no later than the next class and the grade will be reduced by 10%.

Field Trip Policies There are no scheduled off-campus field trips although students are encouraged to attend off-campus concerts.

Student Conduct & Discipline The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year.

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey

federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject

to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or

criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

Academic Integrity The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and

will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources

of turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

Email Use

The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account.

This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security

of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication

with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their

U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts. Withdrawal from Class

The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.


attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it


the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or

committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary

responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.

Incomplete Grade Policy As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

Disability Services The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non- disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:

The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)

Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services

provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.

Religious Holy Days

The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of

a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment.

If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if

there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.

These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the professor.