ONLINE MUSIC APPRECIATION
Music 27A, taught by Larry Ferrara
The fall 2018 orientation will take place online within the Music Appreciation course. Your account will be made active on Monday, August 20th. 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 the evening of, Tuesday, August 21st, from
When you enter the
online Music Appreciation orientation I will
welcome you live, provide information and
procedures on how to successfully complete the
course, and go over the class logistics and
HOW TO LOGIN
login go to the Canvas login page, https://ccsf.instructure.com/courses
and enter your password and username by using your
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, critical thinking questions, 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.
will need to purchase a text for this course.
It is called Listen to This, by Evan Bond
1.) Listen to This, Third Edition
2014, ISBN 978-0205978618.
OR Listen to This, Second
Edition by Mark Bonds, published by,
Pearson, 2011, ISBN
All of the audio for
the course will be accessed or downloaded from
both the CCSF Canvas
page or the http://www.musicappreciation.com
pages (they have the same downloads).
How to obtain the text
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.
prefer online ordering you can obtain the text
directly from the publisher, Pearson
Or, www.amazon.com 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) or you do NOT need REVEL.
Some generic online college bookstores also carry
the text, i.e. campusbooks.com
2) LISTEN TO LISTEN TO THIS, by Evan Bond, 2/ Edition, Bound Book; ISBN: 9780205777365 (you can get used copies of this 2nd edition for cheap, and it will be fine for the course)
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
Google Chrome. 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
There will by weekly Assignments for you to fulfill. This is achieved by both reading, listening, video viewing, following 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, and discuss 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
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 a
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
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. Then, the in
person midterm and final is closed book and closed
The web-lectures, word scores, listening guides, and videos are embedded 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 Canvas music download link or the http://www.musicappreciation.com website (they are the same). 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, listening, and related assignments are located on the CCSF Insight page, and the best way to learn how to listen to music is by way of the content pages with accompanying audio.
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, and the time you spend listening during the
Listening Log - There
will be many masterworks from the symphonic, and
piano literature that will be studied and listened
to in this course. You will be asked to keep track
of your listening experience by keeping an ongoing
listening log. This journal, and account of your
listening experience should be kept up with each
week. After listening to a particular work one or
more times, you will write a short summary and put
in your own words what you have heard. This will
include any ideas, images, feelings, or thoughts
that come to mind. You will summarize in the log
what you heard by making a descriptive snapshot of
your listening experience hearing the music.
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,n required. 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 within an intelligent and aesthetically process. 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.
of 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.
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, October 18, 6:00-7:00 pm in the Mulit-Use Building (MLB) room TBA OR Saturday, October 20, 9:00-10:00 am in the 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
of final grade
10% of final grade
Concert reviews 20% of final grade
and Final Exam
15% midterm + 15% 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
LIVE CHAT: Before
the discussion room will be utilized and material
will be reviewed especially before the final exam.
4) The WELCOME
5) The SYLLABUS
6) ASSIGNMENTS contain text, web-lectures, listening, word scores, and other tasks with links to the weekly content pages, and every goal you will need to fulfill for that week's learning.
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