Music 27A, taught by Larry Ferrara

City College of San Francisco, Summer Session, 2015
June 15 - July 24, 2015

E-mail:  ph: (415) 239-3856




The summer orientation will take place online within the Music Appreciation course. Your account will be made active on Monday, June,15th. Please log as soon as possible after that so you know how to, build your profile, introduce yourself, navigate the course, and be familiar with how to find the online orientation which will be held the evening, Tuesday, June 16th, from 7:00-8:00 PM.


Orientation time on Tuesday evening, June 16th, 2015

CRN: 52492 SEC: 831     7:00-7:30 PM
CRN: 52493 SEC: 832     7:30-8:00 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 also answer any of your questions or concerns, explain the logistics of the class and discuss the responsibilities you will have while partaking it.
Or, 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 if not, 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, 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 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. It can be acquired in one of formats below:

1.) The textbook is: 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 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 Mark 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 will do.

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 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 ta set of 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 Fourm 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.


Each segment of the 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, a set of web-lectures, videos and word-scores to view, text book reading, and bulletin board discussion. Once you've visited, read and listened to that week’s units of text book reading, web-lectures, listening, you will then proceed to the corresponding quizzes and related bulletin board question.


You will need to take a set of chapter and unit quizzes 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 final exam is to be taken online (see below for date and time). 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 final is closed book and closed notes.


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 website. If you download them, you will have them 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. 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.


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 by the end of the session (a minimum of 10 postings and an additional 10 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 final exam. 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 summer session 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 performances. These two concert reviews are due by the end of the summer session. The reviews are of classical music performances and one can be of a jazz concert. The first review is due by mid summer session and should be uploaded from the course homepage. You must include a program, photo of performance, 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. Also in the summer there are very good free concerts at the Stern Grove, in San Francisco.


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) logging in for the 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 two weeks of consecutive work (14 days of not logging in), you will be dropped from the class. Keeping up with the work continuously throughout the session 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 final exam. The more you do them, the better you will understand the material and the better you will fare on the exam. The material on Final will be covered by the weekly quizzes, the weekly listening, text book reading, word scores, website viewing and live discussion review. The final exam questions will be multiple choice, matching, true false or fill in/short essay format. The final will reflect how well you kept up with the class, website viewing, listening, word-scores, discussing and textbook reading.


Final Exam: Online, July 23, 7:00 pm


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 online final exam.


- Logging in, participating, reading, listening,     25% of final grade

  taking weekly quizzes                                      

- Discussion forum participation                         25% of final grade

- Concert reviews                                               25% of final grade

- Final Exam                                                       25%

- 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 final exam.


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