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Survey of Music Literature

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Music 1261-010

Instructor: Dr. Vicky V. Johnson, Rm. 122

Office hours: posted on my door

E-Mail: vjohnson@tarleton.edu

Phone: Ext. 9238



Course Description

A survey that explores the development of the music from the Middle Ages to the present.  Although this course draws on examples from folk music and various non-western repertoires, it focuses primarily on the art music of Europe and the United States.  Emphasis is also placed on the ways music relates to the culture that fosters it.   


Required Text and Materials

The Enjoyment of Music, Ninth Edition, Shorter Version by Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney, with accompanying CDs

You also need materials for taking notes.  I would also suggest keeping your materials in a notebook.  It will not, however, be graded.

CRS Clicker (for Student Response System)

You MUST have access to a computer for receiving e-mails, checking the Course Outline, receiving assignments, and utilizing the listening software.  There are computers available in the Fine Arts building and in the library, open at scheduled times, but it is your responsibility to access these course elements as necessary.  Your failure to do so is not an excuse for late or missed assignments, or for missing course updates or other communication.


Course Activities

In-class lectures, discussions and guided listening

Reading, listening and written assignments


Course Requirements

Study guides must be completed before class begins.

Unit exams which will include listening identification.  Make-ups for exams will be considered in cases of excused absences (see criteria below).



Grades will be determined according to the percentages below:

70%  Unit exam average

20%  Chapter quiz average

10%  Attendance grade



Attendance is required.  Absences will only be excused  with proper written documentation on letterhead.  This includes a note from a healthcare provider in case of illness or a form signed by a sponsor (presented in advance) in the case of a University sanctioned activity.  Attendance at funerals and court appearances will also be excused with proper documentation and advance notice.   A student's absences will not change any deadline or assignment requirements.  You are always responsible for any material you miss, so check the course outline and/or consult a fellow student.  Each class will begin on time and the door will be closed.  If you arrive and the door is closed, you are late.


Classroom Policy

No food or drink in the classroom.

Turn off your cell phones and put them out of sight (mine and yours).  Text messaging is prohibited during class.

Attention will be given to the lesson at hand, or you will be excused from the classroom.  (In other words, no working on other homework, personal business, sleeping, etc.)

Keep you backpacks and other personal belongings out of the aisles

If your conduct for any reason is unacceptable, you will be asked to leave.  Do not return to class until you have made an appointment to see me and the situation has been resolved.


Students with Disabilities Policy

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal, state, and local laws relative to the provision of disability services. Students with disabilities attending Tarleton State University may contact the Office of Disability Services at 254-968-9478 to request appropriate accommodation.  This information can also be accessed at  http://www.tarleton.edu/~stuserv/handbook/HandbookInfo.htm#Disability  If you are unsure what constitutes cheating, please review this section in your handbook as you will be held responsible for this information.



Academic Conduct

Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of "F" for the class.  Further disciplinary action may also be brought against the guilty student.  This decision will be mine in consultation with the department head.  Cheating is serious business and the penalties for engaging in this sort of activity will be severe.  Consult the following link for further information on academic conduct as specified in your student handbook. http://www.tarleton.edu/~stuserv/handbook/AcademicRights.htm


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