MUS 125 Music Appreciation ONLINE

Fall 2017

Instructor: Ms. Phebe Cox

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Rushing

Office: Aven 203

Prerequisites:        None

Credit Hours:        3


  1. Internet access
  2. MC email account
  3. MCMoodle access
  4. Listen to This (4th edition), by Mark Evan Bonds
  1. You must purchase the access code to MyMusicLab when you purchase the textbook.
  2. You may purchase either the physical copy of the book or the e-text version that comes with MyMusicLab. If you choose not to purchase the physical copy, be sure that the access code you purchase to MyMusicLab includes an e-text.

Office Hours: By appointment

The “Ask the Instructor” forum will be the main form of communication between students and the instructor. Everyone in the class will be automatically subscribed to this forum and should receive emails when someone posts to this forum. All of your classmates can see the questions and answers in this forum. If you need to ask a question privately, please email, call, or come by my office. Every attempt will be made to respond to student posts within a day of when they are received.

Think of this forum as the equivalent of asking a question in class. Emails might be thought of as equivalent to going to the instructor’s office during office hours and asking questions.

Course Description:

This course is designed for non-music majors and music minors. Students will be encouraged to become perceptive and active listeners. The fundamentals of music will be illustrated with listening examples and other activities designed to guide students to a greater awareness of musical elements and styles.

Course Rationale:

This course will investigate the chronological development of Western music and its relationship to the development of Western civilization through expression of the ideals of each developing culture. It will also guide students in an understanding of the basic principles of musical skills, thought, knowledge, and communication and further aid in their identification of parallel developments in the arts. This course will expose students to music of non-Western cultures and briefly examine the similarities and differences in the use of the basic principles of music in each culture.

Student objectives:

  1. Name and identify the elements of music, including rhythm, melody, harmony, form, timbre, texture, and expressive elements.
  2. Relate the development of Western music to the cultural-historical background of Western civilization and discover how music expresses the ideals of Western culture.
  3. Identify selected composers and their works from major historical periods as representative of the thought and life of the respective periods.
  4. Recognize music from non-European cultures and broaden their awareness of how music plays a role in most world cultures.
  5. Heighten the student’s ability to actively listen to music intelligently and attain higher levels of musical discernment in approaching all types and styles of music.

Academic Integrity:

Mississippi College students are expected to be scrupulously honest. Dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism or furnishing false information, including forgery, alteration or misuse of College documents, records or identification, will be regarded as a serious offense subject to severe penalty, including, but not limited to, loss of credit and possible dismissal. See MC Policy 2.19 for the complete and official policy.

Methods of Instruction:

  1. Reading assignments
  2. Listening assignments
  3. Online responses to reading and listening assignments

Required Practices:

Weekly assignments will be posted. Attendance will be taken. To be counted present, the student must log in to the Moodle course weekly.

Technological expectations:

This course is offered online. Students are expected to be proficient in basic computing skills.  The instructor will attempt to help the student navigate any technological problems. However, the instructor’s primary responsibility is the organization and instruction of the Music Appreciation course, not the instruction of computer skills.

Students are highly encouraged to work ahead. Technological issues (“I forgot to save my work,” “my internet went out just before the deadline,” “I don’t know how to send an email attachment,” “What is Powerpoint,” etc.) do not excuse the student from completing works and submitting them in a timely manner.

Student Evaluation:

  1. Weekly listening assignments
  2. Reading Quizzes
  3. Listening Quizzes
  4. Projects/Written assignments
  5. Final Project

Grading Scale:

A        90-100

B        80-89

C        70-79

D        60-69

F        Below 60

Last Day to Drop a Class:

w/ full tuition refund: Thursday, August 31, 2017

w/o refund: Friday October 27, 2017

Early Alert System: 

Mississippi College has adopted the practice of finding students early in the semester who may be exhibiting behaviors that could ultimately have a negative impact on their academic progress.  These behaviors are often called “red flag” behaviors and include, but are not limited to, excessive absences, poor test grades, and lack of class participation or evidence of non-engagement.  Identifying these behaviors early gives the instructor the opportunity to raise the “red flag” on behalf of a particular student so that the student can take the appropriate action to redirect his/her progress.  The system alerts the student, the student’s advisor, and the Office of Student Success.


These messages are intended to help a student recognize an area of concern and to encourage him/her to make some choices to improve the situation.  When a student receives an Early Alert message, the student should quickly make an appointment to talk with his/her professor about the situation.  Also, students can make full use of the Office of Student Success to set academic goals and connect to campus resources.

Disabilities Accommodations: 

In order for a student to receive disability accommodations under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, he or she must schedule an individual meeting with the Director of Student Counseling Services immediately upon recognition of their disability (if their disability is known they must come in before the semester begins or make an appointment immediately upon receipt of their syllabi for the new semester). The student must bring with them written documentation from a medical physician and/or licensed clinician that verifies their disability. If the student has received prior accommodations, they must bring written documentation of those accommodations (example Individualized Education Plan from the school system).  Documentation must be current (within 3 years).


The student must meet with SCS face-to face and also attend two (2) additional follow up meetings (one mid semester before or after midterm examinations and the last one at the end of the semester). Please note that the student may also schedule additional meetings as needed for support through SCS as they work with their professor throughout the semester. Note:  Students must come in each semester to complete their Individualized Accommodation Plan (example: MC student completes fall semester IAP plan and even if student is a continuing student for the spring semester they must come in again to complete their spring semester IAP plan).


Student Counseling Services is located on the 4th floor of Alumni Hall) or they may be contacted via email at . You may also reach them by phone at 601-925-7790.  Dr. Morgan Bryant is director of MC Student Counseling Services.