Music Appreciation

The goal of this semester-long course is to provide instruction in basic musical elements, trace the development and growth of classical music, and give students a strong foundation for a greater appreciation of music. Students will examine music in the world around them and discover how they experience music. They'll be introduced to the basic elements and sounds of music and instruments. Students will learn the names and backgrounds of several famous musical composers. Students will also learn how and where classical music began, how it developed over the centuries, and the ways in which music and culture affect each other. Lastly, students will examine the ways modern music has been influenced by classical music.

This course also provides students with lessons in engaged listening. These special lessons allow students to listen and respond to music. A template for how to listen and respond is provided.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe effective techniques to listen and respond to music.
  2. Identify and name common instruments by sight or sound.
  3. Identify and define musical terms such as beat, meter, notes, and tempo.
  4. Compare and contrast music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.
  5. List ways in which the societies of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods affected their music.
  6. Compare and contrast music from the Classical and Romantic periods.
  7. List ways in which the societies of the Classical and Romantic periods affected their music.
  8. Analyze the effects of classical and popular music on the music of the 20th century.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Fine Arts
Course Length: Semester