ONLINE MUSIC APPRECIATION
Music 27A, taught by Larry Ferrara
The fall 2015 orientation will take place online within the Music Appreciation course. Your account will be made active on Tuesday, January 19th. Please login on then to become acquainted with the course layout, to build your profile, learn how to navigate the course, and be familiar with how to login to the live orientation online which will be held that evening, Tuesday, January 19th, from .
Please login and attend one of the following orientations.
Orientation times on Tuesday evening, January 19th, 2016
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 logistics
HOW TO LOGIN
To login to the class go to the
Insight web page, http://insight.ccsf.edu
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. It is called
Listen to This, by Evan Bond
Listen to This, Second Edition by
Mark Bonds, published by, Pearson, 2011, ISBN
or the Listen to This, Third Edition 2014, ISBN
All of the audio for the course will be accessed or
downloaded from both the CCSF Insight pages or the http://www.musicappreciation.com
pages. Only the text book Listen to This
by Evan Bonds is required (2nd edition, or 3rd
edition hard copy). All the
web-lectures, videos, word-scores, and listening
requirements can be accessed from the CCSF Insight
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,
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) or you do NOT need REVEL.
Some generic online college bookstores also carry
the text, i.e. campusbooks.com
1) LISTEN TO LISTEN TO THIS, by
Evan Bond, 2/ Edition, Bound Book; ISBN:
You can use Internet Explorer, Google
Chrome, or Firefox, while
Safari (which is a good browser, may have a few
short comings) can be used for this course as well,
I would recommend 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, video viewing, follwoing web lectures to corresponding weekly material, chapter readings and word-scores (music videos with streaming written explanation on form and content), and listening guides (similar to word-scores but no video). 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 to 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, doing the listening, following the web-lectures, videos, listening guides, and word-scores. You will then precede to take the assigned quizzes, which will have listening identification, and questions on the musical terms and concepts.
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.
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.
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. Then,
the in person midterm and final is closed book and
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 http://www.musicappreciation.com website. If you download the audio, you will have the excerpts or entire pieces for future reference and can hear them “off line.” Still, course content and assignments are located on the CCSF Insight page.
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, and the time you spend listening
during the weekly tests.
ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM
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 by the end of the semester 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.
the semester each student is assigned the writing of
two music reviews of classical music concerts,
chamber music, jazz, world music, ballet, choir or
opera performances; These reviews are based on two
attended live classical music performances. These 2
concert reviews are due at separate times throughout
the semester. One of the reviews must be of
classical music performance and one can be of a jazz
concert. Both can be reviews of classical music
concerts, and not two jazz concerts. So, either two
classical reviews, or one classical, and one jazz.
The first review is due by the midterm period and
should be uploaded from the course homepage under
the link titled, Concert Review Submission. The
second review is due by the final exam due date.
You must include a program, ticket stub, or picture of the concert, along with your concert review(s). 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 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 17, 6:00-7:00 pm in the new Mulit-Use Building (MLB) room TBA OR Saturday, March 19, 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.
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 two live concert reviews (2 classical or 1 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-
2) DISCUSSION FORUM
(answering critical thinking questions that are
placed each week
3) LIVE CHAT: Before
discussion room will be utilized and material will
be reviewed especially before the final exam.
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
9) The LINKS