Music Appreciation

    Music Appreciation is a non-performance course that explores the elements and history of music.  It encourages students to view music as an ingredient of the student's own life and of human life in all cultures.  It uses history as a resource for understanding how music has fulfilled basic human purposes in other ages and present times.  Content is divided between music history and a study of musical elements through musical literature.

    Students develop listening skills, master the fundamental elements of music, and survey major periods and styles in Western music, and music in selected non-Western cultures.  Students learn and recognize basic forms as demonstrated in the works of important composers from the Baroque period through the 21st century. 

    The mechanics of music are studied, including fundamentals of notation, the history of musical language and the physical basis of tone production in string, wind, brass and percussion instruments and the human voice. 

    Stylistic and topical units are studied, including early music, music of the world's peoples and contemporary popular music and its        influence on our culture.  Students also examine ways in which music is a part of our daily lives.

    Students acquire knowledge and skills that increase aesthetic awareness of music.  They analyze examples of music of diverse styles, presented aurally or in notation, be describing uses of musical elements (pitch, rhythm, meter) expressive devices (rubato, dynamics), and other important features (structure and performance medium).  Students describe the particular synthesis of elements in a given musical work that makes it unique, interesting, and expressive as well as demonstrate knowledge of the technical vocabulary of music. 

    Students develop skills for making informed, critical judgments about the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, and arrangements in various styles.  Students become more critical listeners of music that they select for personal listening, based on increased knowledge, insight, and experience. 

    This course surveys music and its role in our lives.  It is an active study of how music says who we are as human beings, and how we express ourselves through music.  It engages students in listening and in learning interpretive skills. Nine units cover range of human experience and expression in music.


    Standards Aligned Grading is utilized for this subject.

    Creating, Performing, Responding and Connecting are the categories used for assessment.

    An assignment sheet and rubric will be provided to students for each project and research paper. 

    Assignments which are missed due to absence are to completed upon return.  All other missing assignments are considered at the teacher's discretion.