Syllabus

PEPPERELL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC APPRECIATION

This course is designed to increase the student’s awareness, knowledge, enjoyment and interest in diverse styles of music by means of lectures, assigned readings, various listening opportunities, slides and films, listening labs, research, and discussion periods.

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the basic elements of music by:

    1. Identifying and/or defining the elements
    2. Applying knowledge of the elements to various listening activities and
      1. performances.

The Student will demonstrate knowledge of basic music terminology by:

    1. Identifying and/or defining the terminology.
    2. Applying knowledge of terms through descriptions of live or recorded
      1. performances.

The Student will demonstrate an understanding of various musical styles by:

    1. Identifying and/or describing conventions from different historical periods.
    2. Identifying and/or describing conventions from different cultures.

The Student will demonstrate a comprehension of the techniques and methods used by collaborative artists in music by:

a. Identifying and/or describing techniques used by the composer, conductor, and performers.

b. Relating this knowledge to a performance experience. The Student will demonstrate knowledge of music literature by:

    1. Connecting major works and their composers.
    2. Relating major works to their historical time periods.
    3. Matching major works to their various cultures.

The Student will demonstrate an understanding of the listener’s roll in music by identifying appropriate audience etiquette.

Expectations:

Of course, all school board policy and all rules of Glencoe High School apply. However, Mr. Bright’s rules are simple:

    1. Respect yourself, each other, and Mr. Bright
    2. Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.
    3. Do what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it.

Class Materials:

There is no textbook for this course; all material will be covered and given to you as either handouts and/or class notes. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get missed handouts from the instructor and notes from a classmate.

Since there is no textbook for this course, you should have the following items for class:

    1. Black one-inch 3-ring binder
    2. Plastic sheet protectors
    3. Tabbed dividers
    4. College rule notebook paper
    5. Pen with black ink
    6. Highlighter

There will be periodic notebook checks during each grading period. It is the student’s responsibility to keep their notebook neat and up-to-date.

Attendance and Makeup Work:

It is found that students who attend school/class every day achieve higher grade averages than those students who miss school on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the student and ultimately the parent that the student is in class every day.

Makeup work will ONLY be accepted if an absence is excused by the front office. The student will have three (3) school days to complete and turn in any work missed. Late work will not be accepted.

Grading:

All assignments, tests, etc. will be a total of 100 points. The student’s class average will be broken down into three categories: Daily, Quizes, etc. – 55%; Tests and Projects – 25%; and Final – 20%. Every assignment will be graded. There will be periodic notebook checks (random) and a large end-of-grading-period project. Tests will be given at the end of each unit.

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction/What is Music?
  2. Elements of Music
  3. Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance Music of the Baroque and Classical Periods Music of the Romantic and 20th Century Periods Review and Final Exam
  4. Music of the Stage and Screen
  5. Jazz Music
  6. Non-Western Music
  7. American Music of the 1940’s and 1950’s American Music of the 1960’s and 1970s American Music of the 1980’s and 1990’s American Music of the 2000’s and Beyond