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Course : Introduction to Western and World Music

Course Number
MUSC 2733
Section Number
Spring 2021
Fain Fine Arts Center, C117C
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:00 am

Introduction to Western and World Music History is a course designed to familiarize you with music in its numerous purposes and guises in a variety of settings, most specifically cultural, historical, and functional.  You will develop an understanding of the music making (creation and performance) of others in diverse cultures.  

Assignments and Presentations = a synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression: You will complete several projects both in and out of class in order to synthesize content learned in class and demonstrate your skill level.

The student who passes this series of courses will be able to:

     1.    Identify, recognize, and describe general stylistic characteristics of music using

            accepted musical terminology

     2.    Accurately place a musical work within an historical, cultural, or stylistic context

     3.    Distinguish similarities and differences in musical characteristics among art, folk, jazz,

            popular, and world music traditions

     4.    Understand and categorize how music functions in different historical cultures from

            antiquity to the present

     5.    Understand and appreciate the functions of music in society as cultural, religious,

            ceremonial, inspirational, and recreational

     6.    Demonstrate teamwork by participation in research project presentation

                     7.    Demonstrate social responsibility through journal entries 





Teamwork for presentation


Team class presentations


Journal entries




Exam 1


Exam 2


Exam 3


Final Exam (comprehensive)







           Rubrics are available in D2L for assignments and presentations.

            Guidelines for journal entries, and the world music project may be found in the complete syllabus attached to this electronic document.

You have paid for this class and it would be a shame if you wasted your money through non-attendance.  Lectures go hand-in-hand with assignments, and will expand your understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of music.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class and showing up more than 20 minutes late will counted as an absence.  You have a grace period of three class absences, after which each absence lowers your grade by one letter.  Upon your third absence an Attendance Referral will be sent to the Dean of Students.  After your fifth absence an Academic Referral will be sent to the Advising Office.  The professor may drop a student any time during the semester for more than seven absences, for consistently failing to meet class requirements, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.

If you skip class and miss a quiz or graded exercise, it cannot be made up.  If you miss class due to illness, you can make it up as long as you a) call/email before class and 2) present written documentation when you return to class.

COVID-19 Information: There will be a seating chart for the class period in which you are in-person to facilitate attendance.  Zoom allows for the professor to see who attended each remote lecture and for what period(s) of time.  PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE SICK.  Should you have need to remain at home on a day you are scheduled for in-person instruction, please inform the professor as soon as possible (preferably before class) and attend through D2L.  Please refer to the “Attendance” policy for this class on p. 2 of this syllabus; see also “Emergency Situations” below and pp. 56 and 59-61 of the MSU Texas Return to Campus Task Force Report.  In-person and online attendance are weighted equally.

Late work will receive at most half credit, but in general is not accepted.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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