ONLINE MUSIC APPRECIATION
Music 27A, taught by Larry Ferrara
E-mail: larryferrara27A@gmail.com Office A129, ph: (415) 239-3856
The spring orientation will take place online within the Music Appreciation course. Your account will be made active on Thursday, January 9th. Please log in on that day so you know how to, build your profile, navigate the course, and be familiar with how to find the online orientation which will be held the next day, Friday , January 10th, from .
I will be holding three orientations and the schedule will be as follows:
Orientation times on Friday evening, January 10th, 2014
When you enter the
online Music Appreciation class 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
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, they survey the continuum of musical history in Western Civilization, 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 and links to MyMusicLab and other resources on the Web. Music Appreciation also features a lively discussion board, and a weekly quizzes that will help 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 or and electronic
e-book. It can be acquired in one of formats
The textbook is: Listen to This, Second
Edition by Mark Bonds, published by, Pearson,
2011. 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. It will not be necessary to buy the CD set or
the Music Lab (MyMusicLab), only the text is
required. You may purchase the CD's or the music lab
(www.mymusiclab.com) as an option but they are NOT
REQUIRED. Only the text book Listen to This
by Mark Bonds is required.
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. 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.
1) LISTEN TO THIS, BOUND BOOK,
2/Edition, by BONDS,
Pub. by Pearson, ISBN-9780205777365
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 by both reading, listening, and video viewing to corresponding web lectures, text book reading, and guided listening. At the end of the week you will be asked to take two chapter quizzes, a unit quiz and also answer a critical thinking question. To access the appropriate assignments for each week go to the current section or link of content labelled "Assignment." It will be dated for the current week, and you will be asked to work on it, 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 also listening to the steaming sound files and videos. You will then precede to take the assigned quizzes, which will have content questions as well as listening questions.
There will be a weekly Discussion with questions, projects, and discussions for you to participate in. To take part in these weekly discourses, log into the course, go to the current dated section and look for the discussion board (a small people icon) to fulfill the weekly critical thinking question. After you answer it, also respond to a classmates contribution and participate.
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 web lectures, and the
textbook readings. 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 of web-lectures, text book reading, and
bulletin board discussion. Once you've visited, read
and listened to that week’s units of web-lectures,
listening, and textbook reading you will then
proceed to the corresponding quizzes and related
bulletin board 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 learning the material in the
text, the listening, and through the discussion
board. 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
Most of the genres, terms and instrument explanations are embedded with sound files or mp3’s. You can either down load these files to your computer and then open them, or open the files directly from the server location, either from the CCSF Insight page or the http://www.musicappreciation.com website. If you download them, you will have them for future reference and can hear them “off line.”
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. Your listening hours will be kept track of
by your instructor by tracking the amount of time
you spend listening to the files or by how often you
download them from the Music Appreciation pages.
ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM—
Each week there will be a question posed to you from each weekly unit of information and material. These questions will formulate discussion threads in the class. In addition to the weekly readings, web viewing, listening, and weekly quizzes, the discussion forum question will contain critical thinking inquiries about musical issues for you to consider. These questions are designed to make you think about what music is and how to listen to 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 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 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 and then handed in to me before or at the final exam. You must include a program or ticket stub along with your live 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 a review 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, a set of quizzes to take and a new discussion forum. 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 during the in class midterm and final. The material on these tests will be covered by the weekly quizzes, the weekly listening, text book reading, website viewing and live discussion review. 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. Two are offered so that they may better match your schedule.
Midterm Exam: face-to-face, either March 13, 6:00-7:00 pm in the new Mulit-Use Building (MLB) room TBA OR Saturday, March 15, 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 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-
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