Class: Music Appreciation
Course Syllabus
Woodland Park High School
Instructor: Ms. Martinez, cmartinez@wpsdk12.org

Course Description:

Welcome to Ms. Martinez’s Music Appreciation class! This is a listening class designed to expose students to a multitude of styles, genres, and historical periods of music. Through listening, lecture, classroom discussion, and individual projects, students will learn how to effectively listen to music to gain a greater appreciation for its craftsmanship. The class will begin with a unit on the basic elements of music, then with the history of Early European music, jazz, rock and roll, move up through modern popular music.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with many genres and eras of music as well as the elements of music—including rhythm, sound, melody, harmony, pitch, etc. They will be able to speak and write about music by analyzing and listening. The main purpose of this course is to create a respect for music as specific musical styles and products, and as a worldwide human phenomenon.

Materials

Students must have the following materials EVERY DAY in class:

  • 3 ring binder (there is no textbook, so there may be a lot of handouts)
  • Notebook for Listening Journal
  • Pen and/or pencil

Classroom Expectations

  1. Mutual Respect:

Students have respect for self, students, teacher, and their property. Mutual respect creates an atmosphere conducive to learning and growing. Everyone is expected to be in his or her assigned seats with all the required materials (binder, listening journal, writing utensil) ready to participate. Tardiness is disruptive to class and is not respectful of other students’ learning. If there is ever a need to talk privately, please do so at the end of class or make an appointment.

Grading

  • 40% Tests/Projects:Tests will be given at the end of each unit. Each unit will also have some sort of project as well.
  • 30% Daily Grade:The daily grade includes areas of attendance, classroom performance, classroom behavior, punctuality, participation, and preparation. Each day is worth 10 points.
  • 20% Journals and Quizzes:For each class period there will be at least one journal assignment. There will also be quizzes throughout each unit to assess knowledge and understanding of the material learned.
  • 10% Homework and Classwork

Extra Credit

  1. Concert attendance
    1. You may attend music performances throughout the semester and receive extra credit. Ms. Martinez will notify you of these events. If you have a performance you would like to go to, let Ms. Martinez know ahead of time. You need to bring back a ticket or a program from the performance to get credit
    2. Attending any Woodland Park High School Music Department production, excluding ones you are in, may also be counted as extra credit.
    3. Attending a performance is worth the equivalent of a regular assignment

Website

Please utilize the following WPHS Band Website. This site includes documents you may need for class as well as important updates:

prideofthepark.org