Music Appreciation

This course surveys music and its role in societies from prehistory through the present day. The course focuses on the development of appropriate listening skills as the student becomes increasingly aware of the role of music throughout the ages, the role it plays today, and the role it will play in the future


Course Information

The student will identify and describe basic musical terminology.

Bloom’s level 2

The student will aurally discriminate between categories of instruments.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will explain the historical and cultural evolution of music from prehistory to the present.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will identify and discuss the societal values and aesthetic attributes of many genres and styles of music and articulate reasons for their musical preferences.

Bloom’s level 2

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.



2 Year Regional College #1

4 Year Regional Public University #1

4 Year Regional Public University #2

4 Year Research University 

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