Music Appreciation




Course Outline




Note:  You would be very wise to read everything on this page.  Failure to comply with the specifics of this assignment just because you didn't bother to read them will really tick me off!

Guidelines for PowerPoint Presentation

This will be a brief (5-6 minute) PowerPoint presentation on an assigned topic.

Here are some elements you might include in your talk: 

1. Very brief biography. Do not give a blow by blow chronology.  Tell us the important points.

2. Musical style used and his/her relation to associated culture

3. Why your composer is important - what did he/she do that we should study and remember today?

See your Course Outline for Presentation Dates

NOTE:  You will need to turn in your PowerPoint file used in your presentation.  Save your PowerPoint onto a disk to turn in.  It will not be returned to you.



  1. Hildegard von Bingen

  2. Guillaume de Machaut

  3. Josquin Desprez

  4. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

  5. Claudio Monteverdi

  6. Henry Purcell

  7. Antonio Vivaldi

  8. Johann Sebastian Bach

  9. George Frideric Handel

  10. Joseph Haydn

  11. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  12. Ludwig van Beethoven

  13. Franz Schubert

  14. Robert Schumann

  15. Clara Wieck Schumann

  16. Frederic Chopin

  17. Franz Liszt

  18. Felix Mendelssohn

  19. Hector Berlioz

  20. Antonin Dvorak

  21. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  22. Johannes Brahms

  23. Giuseppe Verdi

  24. Giacomo Puccini

  25. Richard Wagner

  26. Claude Debussy

  27. Igor Stravinsky

  28. Arnold Schoenberg

  29. Alban Berg

  30. Anton Webern

  31. Bela Bartok

  32. Charles Ives

  33. George Gershwin

  34. William Grant Still

  35. Aaron Copland

  36. John Cage

PowerPoint Presentation Grading Criteria

The letter grades across the top of this rubric describe the levels below.








Pertinent information leading to informative analytic conclusionAnalysis of information attempted with some successAnalysis of information attempted, but faulty or incompleteDocumented facts presented without analysis or conclusionUndocumented facts presented without analysis or conclusion


Information presented in logical, interesting sequence, holding audience attention

Information presented in logical sequence

Difficult to follow, disjunct sequence of prepared information

Organization questionable, appeared to be adlibbed

No discernible organization

Subject knowledge

Full and confident knowledge of subject

Sufficient knowledge of subject

Sufficient knowledge of parts of subject

Knowledge of subject  questionable or adlibbed

Knowledge of subject incorrect or incomplete


Clear speaking voice, no reading from notes, good speech patterns, consistent eye contact, no distracting elements

Clear speaking voice, refer to notes, speech patterns somewhat inexact (pauses, repetition of some words), fairly consistent eye contact

Clear speaking voice, notes read  more than half the time, use of distracting speech patterns more than one time, occasional eye contact

Hesitant speech, read notes, distracting  speech or movement patterns, rare eye contact

Unclear speech, read notes (or rambled), consistent distracting speech or movement patterns, no eye contact


Well-researched, varied sources

More than one reliable source

At least one reliable source

Information from questionable sources

Information only from anecdotal sources and personal opinion


Excellent media selection, seamless integration

Sufficient media well integrated with speaking

Sufficient media, but used awkwardly

Insufficient media for topic, or media took up too much time

No media


5 to 7 minutes

4-5 or 8-9 minutes

3-4 or 9-10 minutes

2-3 or 10-11 minutes

Less than 2 or more than 11 minutes




State your name and the title of your presentation at the beginning. 



A good rule to follow:  1) tell us what you're going to say, 2) say it,  3) tell us what you said.   This is a simple matter of voicing your intent so that we know what to listen for as you go through your material to make your point.  Then, at the end, you will restate your intent (which should be your conclusion).  By the way, "Well, that's the end of my talk" is not a conclusion.



Don't just present a bunch of "Trivial Pursuit"- type facts and information.  Analyze your information and draw conclusions.  At the end of your presentation, I should not be able to say: "And your point is . . . ?"






When you use PowerPoint with your presentation, be careful not to use too much text on the slide.  Wordy slides distract your audience into reading instead of listening to you.  "Bullet" important points in a very few words to aid your audience in following your elaborations.  You should really have no more than 20 words per slide at the most.



If you use sound clips, you must have everything in your presentation self-contained on the CD.  Be sure and rehearse your presentation.  There is definitely a Murphy's Law of Media:  something will go wrong, especially if you have not rehearsed.



Make your clips short.  Play only a short section to make your point. 



Use graphics on your slides:  photographs, paintings, representative art of the same period, etc.



How to use MP3 audio files with PowerPoint:

  1. Save your PowerPoint file in a new folder named with the title of your subject

  2. Copy all of the mp3 files that you plan to use into the same folder

  3. On the slide in which you wish to insert the audio file, click insert - movies and sounds -  sound from file and choose the mp3 from the file containing your PowerPoint and mp3 files

  4. Choose “automatically” in response to the “How do you want the sound to start in the slide show?”   This is your choice, but the following procedure seems to work best:

    1. Do not put music files on any slides which have text.  For example, use your bulleted text slides to make verbal points about your subject, give explanations, etc.

    2. When you get ready to play an example, insert the audio file into the NEXT slide and set the music to begin automatically when you get to that slide.  Put a picture or graphic on that slide. 

    3. The result:  you say everything you need to before the audio clip, go on to the next slide which automatically plays the clip.  When you have heard enough of the clip,  go on to the next slide and the music automatically stops so that you can go on to your next point.

    For additional information on using PowerPoint in your presentation, click here.







No caps/hats, no gum



Try to avoid distracting vocal mannerisms such as "like" or "you know"; leaning on the lectern, shifting your feet, propping your foot on the lectern or on your other foot,  hands in pockets or fiddling with objects on the lectern.   You get the idea.  The focus should be on what you are saying, not on you.



Begin your presentation by announcing your name and the title of your subject



Speak slowly and clearly.  Do not rush through, mumble, or speak at a low volume.



Do not read the entire report.  Use notes if you wish, but as a guide.



Practice your timing.  Don't lose points because you don't have as much material as you thought or because you ramble on too long.  Don't forget to allow for the time your music clips will take.




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