Exploring Music – Mus 106-004


Monday & Friday 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Cultural Arts Building Room 1023


Fall, 2008 Syllabus





Instructor:  Chris Johns, M.M.


Office: Cultural Arts Building, Room 1020


Office Hours: Class days, by appointment only


Phone:  (910) 962-7373 (voicemail only)


Email:  cjohns1@uga.edu


Website:  www.chrisjohnscello.com




Note:  You will receive email announcements and other communication from your instructor through your official UNCW email account.  For security and confidentiality reasons, course correspondence will not be sent to other email addresses.  You may have your email forwarded from the UNCW address to another server if you would like; for help with this process, contact the Technology Assistance Center (TAC) or your off-campus email provider.




Texts and Materials:


Required Text: 


Š      Musical Explorations, Third Edition (Johnson, 2008) published by Kendall/Hunt, available at the UNCW bookstore.

Š      A soprano recorder—a recorder made by Aulos is recommended and available at the UNCW Bookstore.

(Not immediately required – notice will be given before it is needed)

Š      A pair of audio ear-buds or headphones with an eighth-inch stereo adapter, available at the UNCW Bookstore and elsewhere.




Course Description:


This course is a general survey of the basic materials of music, including the study of musical notation, listening experiences, the piano keyboard, and related topics.  The course is designed for elementary education majors, public school teachers seeking re-certification, music students who wish to prepare for MUS 111, and for students who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of music.  This basic studies course is intended for the student with little or no musical training.  However, it is expected that students with some musical training will find in the acquisition of aural ear training and in the depth of theoretical study involved in this course challenging.




Course Goals:


Š      To understand music in terms of its seven rudimentary elements.  (Rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, dynamics, form, and texture)

Š      To demonstrate rudimentary music literacy skills related to rhythm.

Š      To demonstrate rudimentary music literacy skills related to pitch.

Š      To demonstrate rudimentary music literacy skills related to harmony.

Š      To describe music listening examples and understand their impact on listeners as a part of everyday life.

Š      To experience the seven elements of music through active participation in classroom exercises.






In-class assignments will be assigned to accompany class lectures.  To monitor your progress and assist you in learning the material, you will complete in-class and take-home assignments to reinforce the content of each chapter.


You will receive FULL CREDIT for complete, correct assignments submitted on time.  (At my discretion, I may excuse minor errors and award full credit.)  You will receive PARTIAL CREDIT awarded on a sliding scale for incomplete assignments containing substantial errors submitted on time.  You will receive NO CREDIT for missing assignments.








Concert Attendance: 


Attending four live performances during the semester is required for this course.  A one-page (typed, double spaced) report must accompany each concert program when turned in at the end of the semester.  The content of each report will pertain to the material being studied in class.  Concert attendance will be factored into the attendance/participation percentage of the final grade.   






There will be three types of assessments given throughout the semester: quizzes, tests, and a final exam.  The quizzes will be given in class and are designed to review course materials prior to testing.  


There will be three content-based tests, organized by chapter.  Also, there will be one cumulative final exam.  More Information concerning tests and the final exam will be given in an addendum to the syllabus.


There will be no make-up opportunities for these assessments, so make arrangements to take these assessments on time.  




Attendance and Participation:


Because experiencing music is fundamental to success in this course, you are expected to attend all class sessions.  You are expected to participate in all class activities to develop an appreciation and understanding of fundamental musical concepts.  While your attendance and participation factor into your final course grade, your musical skills do not.  In other words, do not worry about becoming a recorder virtuoso or master drummer in this course.  Just do your best and engage with the classroom activities to make music.





Calculation of the final course grade is as follows:


Quizzes                                               10%

Tests (3)                                              45% (15% each)

Final Exam                                          10%

Worksheets and Assignments             20%

Attendance and Participation               15%


Total                                                    100%




Late Work Policy:


Assignments will be due at the beginning of the following scheduled class.  Late assignments will be given half credit (50%) if turned into my mailbox no more than 24 hours after it was due.  After 24 hours, the assignment will neither be accepted nor graded. 




Academic Honor Code


The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is committed to the proposition that the pursuit of truth requires the presence of honesty among all involved.  It is therefore this institution’s stated policy that no form of dishonesty among its faculty or students will be tolerated.  Although members of the university community are encouraged to report occurrences of dishonesty, each individual is principally responsible for his or her own honesty. 


All students are encouraged to read section V “Academic Honor Code”, in the UNCW Student Handbook, for definitions of plagiarism, bribery, and cheating, and the procedures for reporting and adjudication of any activities involving student dishonesty.


UNCW practices a zero-tolerance policy for violence and harassment of any kind.  For emergencies contact UNCW Care at 962-2273, Campus Police at 962-3184, or Wilmington Police at 911.  For University or community resources vist http://uncw.edu/wsrc/crisis.htm.




The above syllabus for this course is subject to change.  In the event of any alteration, written changes to the syllabus will be provided at least two days (48 hours) before they take effect.