Western Michigan University School of Music

Spring 2019 Syllabus


Music 1500: Music Appreciation "Live"

 Call Number 11163          4 Credits


Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:45 PM              Room 3502 Knauss Hall

Instructor: Dr. Robert White

Office: 1422 Dalton Center              Office Hours by appointment           Phone: 269/387-4700


Course Description and Objectives

This introductory-level general education course is designed to increase and inform your appreciation of music. Content is presented through live concerts, lecture-demonstrations, multimedia and assigned web-based reading and listening.


Required Course Materials

The only items you need to purchase for this class are:


·      A Music 1500 User's License for the online textbook & workbook: A Listener's Introduction to Music by Dr. Daniel Jacobson

($18 plus tax – available from mycoursepack.com at this link):




Until this license is purchased, you will not have access to the online textbook readings and workbook quizzes through the MUS1500 E-Learning linkAll other class information is posted on the open MUS1500 homepage (see "Class Website" below).


·      Tickets to required concerts (Bullock Performance Institute Series)

$5 each (student ID required) x 8 concerts = $40 total.  If you buy a complete bundle of all 8, discounted price is $35.


These can be purchased the night of each concert at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, (give yourself extra time to stand in line), or purchased in a bundle from the Miller Auditorium Box Office during their normal business hours: M-F, 10am to 6pm.  Variable hours on weekends.



Grading, Testing and Attendance Policies


Final grades in this course are based on a 750-total point scale: 


            Lecture Attendance                                                 60 points possible

            7 eLearning quizzes for chapter readings         140 points possible

            (20 points each)


            Midterm Exam                                                         100 points possible

            Final Exam                                                                100 points possible


            Concert attendance and written reflections      350 points possible

            (7 required concerts/reflections – 50 points each)



            Total possible points                                             750                                        



Distribution of Final Grades:


A =750-697 points (100-93%)

BA = 696-652 points (92.9-87%)

B = 651-607 points (86.9-81%)

CB = 606-562 points (80.9-75%)

C = 561-517 points (74.9-69%)

DC = 516-472 points (68.9-63%)

D = 471-427 points (62.9-57%)
E = 426 points or fewer (56.9% or lower)


Concert and Class Attendance:

You are expected to attend all of the Wednesday evening Bullock Performance Institute concerts in Dalton Center Recital Hall.  Concert dates and information are listed on the course schedule. These events begin at 7PM with a pre-concert talk. The music will begin at 7:30, and normally be over before 9pm. You need to stay for the entire program to receive credit for attending and get access to the online response. You should make sure your schedule is cleared of other obligations on concert nights until after 9PM. Note that on Wednesdays which include a concert, there is no afternoon class meeting. (see schedule)


Attendance at our class meetings is required. Attendance will be taken at each lecture in Knauss 3502.  Perfect attendance will yield an attendance grade of 60 points. You are permitted three (3) unexcused absences. For each absence beyond 3 from lecture, your grade for attendance will be lowered by 5 points.



Class Website (Homepage) 


General class information and our schedule will be updated regularly on the Music 1500 class homepage; however, the majority of your web-based study and homework for Music 1500 will be done via the WMU E-Learning link for MUS1500 (see "Online E-Workbook Assignments," below).

You can also get to the Music 1500 homepage by doing the following:

1) go to the WMU School of Music homepage (http://www.wmich.edu/music)

2) click on "Academics" then click on "Course Materials"

3) click on the "Music 1500: Music Appreciation "Live" link in the "Syllabi" section



Online "E-Workbook" Assignments (E-Learning Quiz Assessments)
Each segment of the webbook has an online assignment (quiz) associated with it. Quizzes for each segment become available online at various times over the semester (see "Course Schedule" link). The E-Workbook quizzes for each reading are normally due the following week. Your cumulative point score on the 7 online quiz assessments will determine about 19% of your final course grade in Music 1500 (maximum of 140 points possible).



There are 2 exams: a "Midterm Exam" and a comprehensive "Final Exam". Each exam includes multiple choice, matching, true/false questions, and possible "listening identification" based on examples covered in the concerts, class sessions, and online homework. Exam dates are listed on the Course Schedule. Review guidelines and study aids will be posted on eLearning one week before each exam.



Make-Up Policies
If you miss an exam, you must call or e-mail the instructor by the end of that class day in order to be eligible for a make-up:

Exam make-ups must be completed within 2 class days of the original due date.

Missed in-class assignments cannot be made up or excused. Missed concerts cannot be made up or excused.

-E-mail (best way to reach me): 
-Phone: 387-4700 (OK to leave message 24 hours a day)



Extra Credit
You are required to attend 7 of the 8 Wednesday evening concerts.  If you attend all 8, you will receive 20 points of extra credit.


There will be no additional extra credit opportunities offered beyond those explained above. This is not negotiable.


University Policies


Academic Honesty Policy
Please be aware that WMU has an official academic honesty policy that all students and instructors are required to follow. You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity.

These policies include cheatingfabricationforgery and falsificationmultiple submissionplagiarismcomplicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.


Accommodation for disabilities

Students with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who need to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students located at Woodlawn Place at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor. For more information, contact DSS (269) 387-2116.