MUS-101: Introduction to Music

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-101 Introduction to Music

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course. Students may not receive credit for both MUS-101 and MUS-102. MUS-102 is intended for students who have a background in music.

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

An introductory course designed to develop skills for informed listening, understanding, and appreciation of music. Basic elements including melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form are discussed and used to analyze significant periods of musical history within but not limited to the Western art music tradition. Required readings, listening, and concert attendance.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art History

A.S. Art and Design

A.S. Music

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Familiar with basic music theory and technical vocabulary

2. Able to recognize different instruments, textures and styles

3. Able to follow musical action while listening

4. Familiar with several great works, their composers and their cultural context

5. Able to listen closely, analyze, and make both objective and personal observations about music.

Program-specific outcomes

Prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue a career in music by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship and performance.

Provide the general college students with the opportunities to study music in a variety of classes that promotes intellectual inquiry, global awareness and lifelong active learning.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

1. Class participation:

Regular attendance:You are allowed ONE unexcused absence. TWO latenesses count as ONE absence. Additional absences will lower your grade. If absent, you are responsible for all missed work (watching/listening to works heard in class and finding out about any homework assignments (email me or a colleague)

Participation (performing clapping/singing exercises, following audio and video clips, asking questions, working in groups),

Completion of assigned work (written, reading and listening assignments).

2. Writing Assignments:

Two 3-page essays involving musical analysis (10% each)

One 4-page report on a live classical concert attended during the semester (20%)

3. Exams: One quiz (10% of your grade) and a cumulative final exam (30% of the final grade)


Exams: 40% (Quiz: 10%; Final: 30%) Papers: 40% Class participation and homework: 20%

Email and Blackboard: Please check your QCC email on a regular basis. Class materials (syllabus, writing assignments, exercises, homework) will be posted on Blackboard. Others will be placed on reserve in the library.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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