Music 27A, taught by Larry Ferrara

City College of San Francisco, Spring Semester, 2015

E-mail: Office MUB 60, ph: (415) 239-3856




The spring 2015 orientation will take place online within the Music Appreciation course. Your account will be made active on Monday, January 12th. Please log in during the day on Monday to become acquainted with the course layout, build your profile, learn how to navigate the course, and be familiar with how to login to the online orientation which will be held the following evening, Tuesday, January 13th, from 7:00-8:30 PM.


Based on the section you are in, please login and attend one of the following orientations.

Orientation times on Tuesday evening, January 13th, 2015

CRN 31806 SECTION 831  7:00-7:30 PM

CRN 32101 SECTION 832  7:30-8:00 PM

CRN 31532 SECTION 833  8:00-8:30 PM


When you enter the online Music Appreciation 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 answer any of your questions or concerns, explain the logistics of the class and discuss the responsibilities you will have while partaking the course.
In addition, 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 and so you have it, 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, a survey of the continuum of musical history in Western Civilization will take place, 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, informative web-lectures, word scores, listening guides, and links to videos, and other resources on the Web. Music Appreciation, Mus-27A, also features a lively discussion board, and a weekly quizzes that will help you learn the material and prepare you for the midterm and final exam.



You will need to purchase a text for this course. You can either acquire a hard bound copy, electronic e-book, or a 3rd edition REVEL online e-text, with accompaning three-hole-punched, binder-ready book for offline use, or the paper back bound 2nd edition. The text can be acquired in any one of formats below:

1.)  Listen to This, Second Edition by Mark Bonds, published by, Pearson, 2011 or the Listen to This, Third Edition REVEL which features an online text with the same hard copy of a three-hole-punched, binder-ready reference for offline use.  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 or online e-text, REVEL option 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 Evan Bonds is required (2nd edition, or 3rd edition REVEL, ONLINE TEXT with accompaning hard copy of a three-hole-punched, binder-ready reference for offline use). If you purchase the 3rd edition of the Listen to This e-text, it will come as an online e-book called REVEL, and a three-hole-punched, binder-ready reference of Listen to This for offline use.

Either the 2nd or 3rd edition of Listen to this will work with the course.

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, especially if you opt for the 2nd edition. 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 and either one will work. 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/Edition, Binder text (suitable for 3 ring binder), by BONDS, Pub. by Pearson, ISBN-9780205021758

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

3/Edition, An E-TEXT that also, comes with an UNBOUND BOOK, LISTEN TO THIS, binder ready, by BONDS, Pub. by Pearson, ISBN-013386992X

The text book will be on reserve in the CCSF library, and the Media Center of Rosenberg Hall.


You can use Internet Explorer or Firefox, while Safari (which is a good browser, may have a few short comings) can be used for this course I would recommend IE or Firefox. The only other requirement is an mp3 player, and a video 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. This is achieved by both reading, listening, and video viewing to corresponding web lectures, chapter readings and web-lectures, word-scores, and listening guides. At the end of the week you will be asked to take two short chapter quizzes, a unit quiz and also answer a critical thinking question. To access the appropriate assignments for each week go to the weekly section or link of content labelled "Assignment." It will be dated for the current week, and you will be asked to work on the above content, and complete it.

There will be weekly Quizzes with questions that will help you better understand the concepts and listening skills you will be learning and developing. To access the weekly quizzes, log into this course, go to the homepage of the class and look for a red check mark which indicates that the link will lead you to a test. The quizzes will be based on material you have been working on for that week such as reading the text and the web-lectures, and following listening guides, word scores, and to the steaming sound files and videos. You will then precede to take the assigned quizzes, which will have musical content questions as well as listening questions.

There will be a weekly Discussion Forum with questions, projects, and discussions for you to participate in. To take part in these weekly discourses, log into the class homepage, go to the current dated section and look for the discussion forum board (marked with a small people icon) and then participate and fulfill the weekly critical thinking assignment. After you answer the question, also respond to another classmates contribution and engage in dialogue.

There will be 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.


Each segment of the website will coordinate the text book reading, the word scores, web-lectures, videos, and listening guides. Each weekly assignment will contain one unit of work that you will need to complete within the duration of 7 days – in other words – you will need to complete a set of quizzes, one week's worth of web-lectures, text book reading, word scores, listening guides, and critical thinking question. Once you've visited, read and listened to that week’s units of web-lectures, listening, word scores, listening guides, and textbook reading you will then proceed to the corresponding quizzes and related bulletin board forum question.


You will need to take two chapter quizzes and one unit quiz (three total) with embedded listening questions for each weekly assignment. These are required for they are a way for you (and me) to make sure you are keeping up with the listening and the learning of the material in the course. The midterm and final exam is to be taken in person at City College of San Francisco’s Ocean/Phelan Campus. (see below for dates and times). 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. The in person midterm and final is closed book and closed notes.


The web-lectures, word scores, listening guides, and videos are embedded with with sound files or mp3’s. These audio excerpts or complete pieces will help in your understanding of the genres, forms, terms, and instrument explanations you encounter in the course. You can either down the audio files to your computer and then open them later for study, or listen to the files directly from the server location, either from the CCSF Insight page or the website. If you download the audio, you will have the excerpts or entire pieces for future reference and can hear them “off line.”

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 or from the Insight pages, or by repeated listening to the streaming audio examples available to you from the course website, the web-lectures, listening guides, videos, and downloadable mp3's. Your listening hours will be kept track when the instructor (me) tracks or follows the amount of time you spend listening to, following, or downloading the files from the Music Appreciation pages.


Each week there will be a critical thinking question asked of you based on the unit of content, information, and listening material. These questions will formulate discussion threads in the class and are in addition to the weekly readings, web viewing, listening, and weekly quizzes. These discussion forum questions will contain critical thinking inquiries about musical issues for you to consider. The questions are designed to make you think about what music is, and how it factors into each weeks learning material. The idea is to get you to think and listen to music in an intelligent and aesthetical way. There will be new questions each week for you to answer. You are expected to keep up with these questions by responding to the instructor's questions, as well as reaching out and reacting to other class members contributions.

To keep up with these questions you will have to contribute each week (a minimum of 15 postings and an additional 15 responses to other class member’s posts): Your discussion forum participation will be graded based on your answer to the question that the instructor poses. Also, commenting on another class member’s response to a question regarding a current or previous post will earn you additional points for each discussion question. Your participation will be rated and you will be asked similar questions during the midterm and final exams. I will read all of your posts and participate in most if not all of the current weekly discussions that move from Monday until Saturday. If you post your discussion forum response on a Sunday (no penalty), I will read and rate it and not necessarily give a written response. If you miss a week’s set of questions you can answer them from the previous week for partial credit, and I will read and grade your responses but not necessarily give a written reply to a late post.


During the course of the semester each student is assigned the writing of three music reviews of classical music concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music, ballet, choir or opera performances; These reviews are based on three attended live classical music performances. These 3 concert reviews are due at separate times throughout the semester. Two of the reviews must be of classical music performances and one can be of a jazz concert. The first review is due by the midterm period and should be uploaded from the course homepage under the link titled, Concert Review Submission. You must include a program, ticket stub, or picture of the concert, along with your concert review. There will be a listing of free and fee recommended concerts for your  consideration on the Insight course homepage. One of the best resources for free classical music concerts held almost everyday of the week is the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St. (Van Ness at Market). More information on the Conservatory will be found on the course homepage.


Attendance in the class will be followed by: 1) how often you log into the course each week to do the work and experience the listening, 2) your weekly quiz performances, 3) weekly discussion forum participation, 4) showing up to take the midterm and final exam. 5) Attending three live concerts and then submitting reviews based on your experience at those concerts.

You are expected to log in and do the work each week. Each week you will have a new reading assignment, word scores, listening guides, web-lectures, audio, and a set of quizzes to take. In addition, also a new discussion forum to participate in. You will have only one week to complete the weekly readings, learn the web lectures, do the listening, take the quizzes, and answer and respond to the discussion forum question.

If you do not log into the course and do the work each week it will directly affect your grade because you will miss that weeks assignment. If you fail to log in and do the work for two weeks or 14 consecutive days your letter grade in the class will decline and your progress directly affected. If you miss three weeks of consecutive work (21 days of not logging in), you will be dropped from the class. Keeping up with the work continuously throughout the semester is the best way to ensure that you are learning the material in a steady way. Each weekly unit will build on previous concepts that you have learned. Therefore, regular attendance is essential. The course week will run from Monday until Sunday and new content will be updated each ensuing Monday.


You will be actively viewing, listening to and reading material on music in this course. The assignments, corresponding quizzes, and bulletin board bulletin board postings are specifically designed to teach you how to listen to music and help you prepare for the face-to-face midterm and final exam. The more you do them, the better you will understand the material and the better you will fare on the exams. Person to person contact will occur during the in-class midterm and final. The material on these tests will be based on content covered by the weekly quizzes, the weekly listening, web-lectures, listening guides, word scores, and text book reading. The midterm and final exam questions will be multiple choice, matching, true false or fill in/short essay format. The midterm and final will reflect how well you kept up with the class, website viewing, listening, discussing and textbook reading.

The following dates and times will be when the midterm and final exams will take place at City College of San Francisco, Ocean/Phelan campus. You only need to attend one midterm and one final exam. The two times are offered so that they may better match your schedule.

Midterm Exam: face-to-face, either Thursday, March 12, 6:00-7:00 pm in the new Mulit-Use Building (MLB) room TBA  OR Saturday,  March 14, 9:00-10:00 am in the new Mulit-Use Building (MLB) room TBA. It won't be necessary to attend both sessions, instead one or the other. The Multi-Use Building is the newest CCSF structure. It is located on the west side of Phelan Ave. slightly south of Riordan High School and opposite the CCSF Science building.

Final Exam: face-to-face, either Thursday,  May 7, 6:00 pm in a room TBA  OR Saturday, May 9, 9:00 am in the new Mulit-Use Building (MLB) room TBA.


Your grade in this course will consist of:

Regular website viewing, listening and text book reading.

Partaking in weekly quizzes

Contributing  weekly to the forum discussions.

Handing in three live concert reviews (3 classical or 2 classical and 1 jazz).

Taking an in class midterm and final exam.


Logging in, participating, reading, listening,    20% of final grade

& taking weekly quizzes                                     

Discussion forum participation                          20% of final grade

Concert reviews                                                20% of final grade

Midterm and Final Exam                                   20% midterm + 20% final

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) DISCUSSION FORUM (answering critical thinking 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 during the course.


6) ASSIGNMENTS contain text or E-text reading tasks, links to the weekly web lectures, listening files and every goal you will need to fulfill for that week.


7) QUIZZES. You will have one week to complete the assigned quizzes and they will be replaced with newer quizzes subsequently, each new set of quizzes will be based on later course content. Remember, the concepts asked about on the quiz questions will help you greatly on the midterm and final exams.


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.

Music Appreciation