Music Appreciation Syllabus

Course: Music Appreciation
Time: 5th Period
Instructor: Bryan Pigg
Term: 2014-2015 School Year
Text: Music! It’s Role and Importance in Our Lives
Contact Information: [email protected] or 424-7014
Course Overview: Music Appreciation is a survey course that allows students to fulfill their Fine
Arts credit in order to graduate. The course gives the students a basic overview of music history,
basic music theory, and song writing. The course is designed to give the students an understanding
of music and to gain an appreciation for all genres of music.
Students will receive grades based off of daily class assignments, bell work, listening tests, quizzes,
and tests.
Students will either do a paper or a presentation for a grade.
We will have 2 or three tests per 9 weeks and lots of class work.
We will have a mid- term and a final exam each semester.
1. Be prepared. I give lots of notes and the material is not familiar for most people so you will
have to do some studying at home. This also includes bringing the proper materials to class.
2. Be prompt. Just like adults have to be on time for work, you must be on time for class. If you
manage your time wisely you will be on time. When enter the room there will be bell work on the
board or on your desk that you should start.
3. Be respectful. Always.
4. Follow the rules that are in the GCHS handbook.
Required Materials: pen or pencil, 3 prong notebook, and loose leaf notebook paper.
National Standards for Music Education
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Topics to be covered:
1. Medieval Period
2. Renaissance period
3. Baroque Period
4. Classical Period
5. 20th Century
6. Jazz Music
7. Country Western
8. Rock and Roll
9. Pop
10. Rap
11. Various composers and musicians
12. Music theory
And much more……