Music Appreciation



Professor D. Talley

MUS 115 NA

FNA 115 NA


Fall,  2010


Course Day and Time:  Tuesday 11:10-2:05




Room: B-600


Office Hours: 12:30-1:30 Monday, 3:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 Tuesday,

6:00-7:00  Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 Thursday, and by appointment: Please see my schedule, which is posted on the door of my office. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call our administrative assistant, Autumn Nova, (212) 625-0500 ext. 6188. 


Phone: (212) 927-1015 Home

              (917) 825 8697 cell

              (212) 625-0500 ext. 6187 Office


E-Mail:  dana.talley@nyack.edu




FNA 115-Music Appreciation (3) - The course will trace the evolution of musical styles through history.  It includes the primary elements of music, the instruments of the orchestra, highlights in music history, representative types of great composers and historic forms.  Included are classical music, spirituals, American jazz, and the music of the Western hemisphere.  The course is designed to promote greater enjoyment in listening for all students, as well as to provide an introductory survey course for music majors.  

There are no prerequisites for this course. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of music. And even though there is some musical notation in the optional textbook, you do not need to know how to read music.  Since music is all about sound; it is up to you to use the class website or use the music lab computers for all listening assignments. 


REQUIRED TEXT:  While no textbook is required, access to the Internet Web sites listed in the Syllabus is required. You must have regular, frequent computer access to take this course. You must also utilize the library as stated in the assignments. 


Student Learning Goals: The purpose of this course is to increase your understanding, enjoyment, and love of music. With this in mind, upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to do the following: (Please note the Core Values of Nyack College, The School of Music, and the Fine Arts department at the end of this syllabus as a reference to the goals below.)



Student Learning Goals
The Student will:

Music Program Goals

FNA Program Goals

Core Goals

Assignments &/or Assessments Used


1. Listen critically and comment intelligently on all styles of music.

1c, 2a, 3b, 3e, 4d, 5a

1a,3a, 4c,

 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 5b

Class listening, online listening, listening exams, research projects


2. Attend and enjoy concerts, feeling comfortable in many musical situations.

1c, 2b, 3b, 4b, 5b

2c, 3a, 5b

1a, 2a, 3b, 4a, 5b

Field Trips, class discussions, written exams, term oral presentation project

3. Identify representative composers/performers of different musical eras.

1a, 2a, 3b

1a, 2c, 4a,

1b, 2a,  3a, 3b, 4a,

Class lectures, written exams Discussion  Video and Internet

4. Identify representative compositions of different musical eras.

1a, 1b

1a, 2c, 4a,

1a, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4a, 5b

Class lectures, written exams

5. Understand a bit about the process of making music.

1c, 2a, 4a

4c, 5b, 5c

1a, 4a, 5b

participation in Group project. Seeing recitals and discussions of the performances.

6. Understand the interrelation between music and current technology.

1b, 2a, 4d, 5a

1c, 2c, 3c,

1a, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a

Add to Webliography, access YouTube and find relevant examples, see below


Information Literacy Requirement:


1. The student will visit the class website: http://www.songsofpeace.com/ncmcmusic/FNA/FNA115/115audio.htm

and submit a one page evaluation of the contents, making suggestions for additions. This will be done at the beginning and at the end of the semester.

2. The student will download Real Audio player and learn how to use audio streaming technology.  The student will be required to listen to music from the website and identify it on exams.

3. The student will look at the following Webliography to aid in concert attendance and make at least one addition to the list.

4. The student will sign in to naxosmusiclibrary.com to prepare for their oral presentations.  The login is NYACK01 and the password is NYACK01.

5. The following website will have all the resources you need to get started on your oral presentation and all the selections for the listening exams:




Course Objectives:

Music is a form of communication extending beyond reading, writing, and speaking. Communicating with music  means learning to translate ideas first as receivers– observing, analyzing, evaluating, critiquing and interacting-- and then as teachers, sharing that knowledge with the class.  When the student has completed FNA 115 he or she will be able to:

1. Recognize the roles of art for the individual and society

2. Display familiarity with some of the elements of music

3. Recognize the roles of music for the individual and society

4. Show an improvement in aural skills and to achieve a deeper understanding of music by intensive analysis by listening to, evaluating, analyzing, and describing music and music performances.

5. Display oral communication skills after preparing a 30 minute presentation.

6. Understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

7. Understanding music in relation to history and culture, relate music to major works of art and literature, and appreciate creativity and the contributions of the arts and humanities to world civilization.


OUTLINE OF CLASSES and Course Requirements:


Each of you will be assigned one oral presentation.  Please plan about 30-40 minutes for each presentation. (Please bring CD’s or videos or use YouTube to show examples).  You will need to go to the library to obtain videos or CD’s to share with the class.  I suggest the NYPL at Lincoln Center at 65th street and Amsterdam Ave, or our music library on the 3rd floor.  Please DO NOT read an article from a website, but present about 2-4 pages in your own words. What is most important is the selection of musical examples that you will play for the class.  Please choose 5-6 different pieces for your presentation. It is very important to choose selections that represent the best work of the composer and often their most famous.  You will give both your opinion of each work and tell why the piece you selected is important to the history of the composer.  You will not be giving any biographical information.  I will do that for each composer before your presentation.


During the course of the semester, you must attend three or more live concerts. There is no recording good enough to substitute for the experience of hearing a live performance. You may choose the performances you wish to attend, with one exception: We will make a Required Field Trip to the NY Philharmonic or to an opera or to a Broadway show.

As much of the music we will study in this course is from the Western European tradition, or what has come to be known as classical music, at least two of the concerts you attend must be a classical concert. This could include: a symphony orchestra, an opera, a ballet, a choir concert, a band concert, or a concert of chamber music. It would NOT include: a rock concert, or a country music, or church concert, etc. If you have questions about whether or a not a concert would count, just check with me. I urge you to attend diverse concerts. Mix it up. You may attend more than three concerts for extra credit and perhaps you will hear a symphony orchestra, a jazz combo, and an opera. After taking this class, many students appreciate the fact that it caused them to hear music they otherwise would not have. I encourage you to explore some new things, and take some chances. You will be glad you did.  Those students that attend and review three concerts and turn in all written assignments on time will not be required to take the written final exam. (You will need to take the final listening test.)

Reviews of concerts should include:

A. Detailed discussion of one long multi-movement piece (two or three, if short pieces):

1. Who, what, when, where, why, how?--the essential information
2. Musical elements observed (use of terms and ideas from class)
3. 60 % Personal reactions (mostly musical and some cultural factors)

4. Please list and briefly speak about the other selections.  If you attend a student recital, please review a minimum of 6 of the student performances.

B. Short observations about the audience: 1. What was the dress of performers/audience?  What was the demeanor of the audience during performance?  Was applause in the right places? (This should be only 2-3 sentences.)

2. What historical eras are represented in the selections? What biographical, historical, sociological, and cultural factors influenced the composition of the pieces you heard? Suggest how cultural context affects the use of musical elements in these works.

3. Most of your paper should be YOUR opinion of the music you have heard.

C. Papers must be typed, double-spaced and between 500-1,000 words in length or a minimum of two full pages. They must be in your own words, and not copied from the Web or other source. 

D. You must submit a copy of the printed program (or some other suitable proof) with your signature as guarantee of your attendance.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: In a Christian college academic integrity is particularly important.  Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will be subject to the penalties as described in the plagiarism policy in the college catalog and student handbook. Plagiarism is defined as an act of “Literary Theft,” when the work of another is misrepresented as the original work of the Nyack College student. This may be done intentionally or unintentionally. When excerpts, thoughts, writings, or statements of others are used in papers, essays, or other projects, they must be acknowledged through footnotes, bibliography and other accepted MLA or APA practices and standards.


Reporting of Grades:



A   =   4.0  95-100%

A-  =   3.7  92-94

B+ =   3.3 88-91

B   =   3.0  83-87

B-  =   2.7  79-82

C+ =   2.3 76-78

C   =   2.0  72-75

C-  =   1.7  68-71

D+ =   1.3 65-67

D   =   1.0  62-64

D- =   0.7  60-61

F   =   0.0 below 60%








Class participation, oral reports, punctuality and attendance:  30%

           Term projects: (Reviews of 3 concerts):  20%   Midterm: 25%   Final: 25%


           The midterm and final will be 50% written exam and 50% listening exam.





Your grade will be reduced after one un-excused absence.  Students are to arrive on time.  If you are 20 minutes late, it will be considered half an absence.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend every class. In the unusual event that an absence is unavoidable, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the relevant notes, materials, videos, or recordings. Missed exams or tests can be made up at the Instructor’s discretion. Excessive absence (greater than 25% of class meetings) will result in a failing grade. All Students are required to have access to the Online Course Resources via the Internet. 


Calendar of classes for the semester

(An updated class calendar and calendar of oral reports, required field trip, and videos for the semester will be given to you the second week of class. 

One of the following lectures will be combined with another week as we will be taking a field trip to a live concert.  The date is TBD.


9/14/2010: Class 1, Introduction


9/21/2010: Class 2, 16th Century Music Reformation and beginning of Baroque period.


9/28/2010: Class 3, Musical styles.  J.S. Bach and G. Handel Protestant Reformation, Counter-Reformation.


10/05/2010: Class 4, Oral Presentations begin Intro to the Orchestra,


10/12/2010: Class 5, Classical period, Mozart, Haydn.


10/19/2010: Class 6, Classic opera, Bellini, Rossini and Mozart.                         


10/26/2010: Class 7, Beethoven: Bridge to Romanticism First concert assessment due.


11/02/2010: Class 8, Schubert through Brahms. Mid Term (This will be a take home test which will be mostly definitions; plus an in class listening test.)


11/09/2010: Class 9, Intro to Romantic Opera.


11/16/2010: Class 10: Impressionism and the beginning of 20th Century music.

                                  Second concert assessment due.


11/30/2010: Class 11, Finish 20th Century


12/07/2010: Class 12, Broadway.


12/14/2010: Class 13, THIRD concert assessment due. Music in North America,

                                   Jazz and Classical Guitar in America.


12/21/2010: Class 14. Final Exam:  Listening test, short answer, and three essays,


 Oral Presentations: may include most of the following composers:


J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig von Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Giuseppe Verdi, Felix Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz, Giacomo Puccini, Arnold Schoenberg, Sergei Rachmaninov, Bela Bartok, Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy, Aaron Copeland, Richard Rogers, Ella Fitzgerald, and George Gershwin, Sergei Rachmaninov or Igor Stravinsky.


Library resources:


Music databases on our library website: http://www.nyackcollege.edu/library 

Go to "Resources"(purple tab) and click "Article Resources (Alpha)."  Then you will see the alphabetical list of 91 databases.  Here are some examples: (Passwords given separately)


Naxos Listening Library



Grove Music Online



Oxford Reference Online



Piano Street  

(2,500 piano pieces for free download)



Opera in Video (ON CAMPUS ONLY)

(250 videos of complete operas for online viewing)



DRAM (Music Database) (ON CAMPUS ONLY)

(2,300 CDS for online listening, contemporary music)



Nyack College Library catalog:  http://www.nyackcollege.edu/library.php


New York Public Library: http://www.nypl.org/ 


Reference materials, recordings, repertoire, and even a listening center may be found at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (212) 870-1630.   Any person residing or attending college in New York may request and receive a free public library card. If you use their search engine, LEO, you can ask up to 10 scores, 10 books, and 10 CD’s or DVD’s be delivered to YOUR local library in New York City. It is very hard to find material if you are not used to the Dewey system.  If you use Leo they will find everything for you!  Warning:  It may take several weeks before material is delivered so plan ahead!




•    http://my.nyack.edu/ (Registration, grades, and other information)


•    http://www.ncmcmusic.com   (School of Music Academic Website)


•    http://www.nyackcollege.edu/content/files_3 (Nyack College catalog)


•    http://www.nyack.edu/music/nyc (School of Music Website including Facebook)


•   http://www.ncmcmusic.com/links.htm  (127 additional links for the study of music)




In addition to the information in the college catalog, all Music Majors are responsible for the requirements, regulations, and information in the NCMC Music Handbook.  Please put the following link in your browser:  http://www.ncmcmusic.com/Handbook.htm




One of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of the Music Appreciation classes are the field trips to Lincoln Center or Broadway.


We may choose one or two of the following: (We will vote at our first class) ($45-$60)

  1. The Phantom of the Opera: Now the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera has played to over 100 million people in 22 countries in 113 cities around the world since its first performance. The New York production alone has enchanted over 10 million audience members in its over 19-year run.

  2. A Chorus Line: Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this singular sensation is the longest-running American musical ever.

  3. A Little Night Music: A revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical, which is based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night. Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street.

  4. Promises, Promises: A revival of the 1968 musical, which is based on Billy Wilder's classic film The Apartment. Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway.

5.     West Side Story: A revival of the classic musical, directed by Arthur Laurents (who wrote the book). Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway.

     6.  Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi Tue Oct 5, 2010 at 8PM

                                           Cosi Fan Tutte by W.A. Mozart Tue Nov 9, 2010

                                           Carmen  by George Bizet Tue Nov 16, 2010


    7. New York City Opera: Intermezzo by Richard Strauss Tuesday, November 9

                                 A Quiet Place by Leonard Bernstein Tuesday, November 16


    8. A NY Philharmonic Open Rehearsal (all begin at 9:45 AM.)

Itzhak Perlman Perlman Performs Mendelssohn Thursday, Sep, 23, 2010

R. Strauss  Don Juan  

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto  

Henri DutilleuxMétaboles  

Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber  


Other NY Philharmonic concerts are:


Wednesday, Sep, 29, 2010, 9:45 AM Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Wednesday, Oct, 6, 2010, 9:45 AM Joshua Bell Performs Sibelius

Thursday, Oct, 14, 2010, 9:45 AM : Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms 

Wednesday, Nov, 10, 2010, 9:45 AM Mendelssohn's Elijah 

Thursday, Nov, 18, 2010, 9:45 AM Anne-Sophie Mutter Plays Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm

Wednesday, Nov, 24, 2010, 1:15 PM Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Stravinsky's Firebird 

Thursday, Dec, 2, 2010, 9:45 AM Beethoven and Mahler 

Thursday, Dec, 16, 2010, 9:45 AM Handel's Messiah


All other performances are weekday evenings at 7 or 8pm.  If you have an evening class you will receive a field trip excuse from the Dean.  If you have a work conflict I will assign an alternative project or concert. 


NCMC Concert Schedule: You are required to attend and review 3 concerts this semester. Nyack College recitals will also fulfill your concert obligation and I encourage you to attend several of our school performances and support our students.  An updated list of this semester’s concerts will be given to you by week two of the semester. Currently concerts and recitals are scheduled on the following dates:


Sat Sep 11, 2010 13:00 - 16:00 School of Music 9/11 Concert

                             At New York Public Library on 40th street

Tue Sep 14, 2010 18:00 - 19:00 Opening Convocation

    At Mariner's Baptist Church required for ALL students.

Tue Oct 5, 2010 14:20 - 16:00 Student Recital #1

Fri Oct 8, 2010 19:00 - 22:00 Faculty and Alumni Homecoming Concert

Fri Oct 22, 2010 - 19:00 - 21:30 Student Recital #2

Fri Nov 12, 2010 - 19:00 - 21:00 Concert Jazz Ensemble

Sat Nov 13, 2010 - 14:00 - 15:00 Sook In Em Junior Recital

                                15:00 - 16:00 Sattanya Robotham Senior Recital

Sun Nov 14, 2010 - 18:00 - 19:30 Chamber Singer's Concert

                                  At Soul Saving Station

Tue Nov 16, 2010 - 14:20 - 16:00 Student Recital #3

Thu Nov 18, 2010 - 17:00 - 18:00 School of Music Thanksgiving Chapel Service  

Sat Nov 20, 2010 - 12:00 - 14:00 Senior Recitals: Nazaria Ilovar and Freddy Diaz

Sun Nov 21, 2010 Thanksgiving Break begins J

Sat Dec 4, 2010 - 12:00 - 13:30 Senior Recital Seung Woo Lee   

                              14:00 - 15:30 Senior Recital: Michael Dow

Tue Dec 7, 2010 - 17:00 - 18:00 School of Music Christmas Chapel    

Fri Dec 10, 2010 - 17:00 - 19:30 Student Recital #4

Sat Dec 11, 2010 - 12:00 - 14:00 Senior Recital Melissa Bartholomew

Tue Dec 14. 2010 - 19:00 - 21:00 Chorale Christmas Concert

                                 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Fri Dec 17, 2010 - 17:00 - 19:30 Opera Theater Workshop Performance   


Special extra credit will be given to those students that attend the last four concerts.


Other Free Concerts:   (In addition to Nyack Student recitals.)

Juilliard School  http://www.juilliard.edu/search/calendar.asp

Manhattan School of Music http://www.msmnyc.edu/

Metropolitan Opera  http://www.metopera.org/season/ (Student fee)

New Your City Opera  http://www.nycopera.com/education/ (Student fee)

New York Philharmonic http://nyphil.org/ (Student fee)

Jazz  http://bigapplejazz.com/events.html

Classical Music Venues in New York http://www.ny.com/music/classical/

Music and Concerts in NY (All types of music)  http://www.ny.com/music/

Trinity Church, Wall Street http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/calendar/


Electronic Devices: It is expected that ALL electronic devices be MUTED or better OFF during class time.  Please do not answer phone calls or text messages during class. ALL cell phones are to be kept off for all exams. If you are a health care worker, policeman, fireman, or other profession that requires that a cell phone be on, please inform the professor at the beginning of the semester.



Reasonable Accommodation:  Any student eligible for and requesting academic accommodations due to a disability is required to provide a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disabilities Support Services within the first two weeks of the beginning of classes. Any student who has a learning disability is encouraged to speak privately with Professor Adelaide Pabon at the beginning of the semester.



The Department of Fine Arts seeks to graduate students who are


1.)    Culturally literate, confident, curious, and knowledgeable about the arts:

a). Having learned to differentiate between styles, historical periods, and materials used in

     painting, music and other forms of art;

b). Having developed a basis for art criticism;

c). Having experienced art and music as a form of intellectual expression.


2.)    Able to transmit critical thinking about the arts into useful tools for the study of other disciplines, including writing:

a). Having participated in journaling and critical analyses of art;

b). Having observed that the arts have a powerful impact upon politics and philosophy;

c). Having gained an appreciation for the various forms art has taken in modern times, different

     from the printed word but communicative in its way.


3.)    Appreciative of the artistic accomplishments of many cultures and ethnic groups:

a). Having studied a significant amount of world art and music, thereby gaining an appreciation and understanding of world cultures;

b). Having connected  this course to the World Civilization courses, which feature ethnic diversity within our city and country;

c). Having attained the benchmarks of worldwide artistic common knowledge, through regular assessment.


      4). Able to discern, within the creative process, art as a gift from God, to be wisely

             used in God’s service and in service to others:

            a). Having enjoyed rich spiritual content within all Fine Arts courses, including

                 diversity within unity among Christian artists;

            b). Having made use of the resources at the Museum of Biblical Arts;

            c). Having seen and heard concerts, lectures, and demonstrations by accomplished

                 Christian artists in the class context.


5). Equipped to appreciate the arts in context, through frequent field trips to Fine Arts


a). Museums,

b). Broadway shows and classical music venues,

               c). Art in the parks and other available plays and concerts within the City of New

                    York and surrounding areas



1. To graduate students who have acquired and developed the academic skills of reading carefully and critically, communicating clearly and cogently, thinking analytically and synthetically.



1a. By designing into the music history sequence a comprehensive overview of western music and related religious, philosophical, political, scientific, and social developments.

1b. By designing into music literature courses the appreciation and understanding of non-Western music of the church, including research components and the analysis of contemporary phenomena in these areas.

1c. By fostering the aural development, kinesthetic processes, and aesthetic sensitivities which form the basis of professional caliber musicianship.


2.  To graduate students who have achieved a broad understanding of human learning.

2a. By fostering in our students the skills and motivation for life-long learning and participation in music.

2b. By encouraging all students to value the creativity of the human spirit and the aesthetic dimension of life.

2c. By promoting involvement in campus life through participation in aesthetic and cultural activities.

3. To graduate students who have achieved an in-depth understanding of one  field of study by meeting the requirements of at least one major


3a. By training our students to acquire the theoretical and practical skills required by music educators, church       musicians, performers and composers.  

3b. By fostering a broad knowledge of music literature, both sacred and secular, through study and performance.

3c. By employing a competency-based approach for course design and requirements throughout the program while       encouraging artistic creativity.

3d. By cultivating career programs and awareness in the various music and music- related fields.

3e. By utilizing the cultural resources of various metropolitan New York area institutions.

4. To graduate students who have achieved a basic Christian worldview understanding which can serve as a basis for interpreting experience


4a. By providing experiences in Christian ministry involving music in the Christian and  Missionary Alliance and      other churches.

4b. By promoting a sense of Christian love and caring throughout the endeavors of the School of  Music.

4c. By building the self-esteem of the individual through musical achievement in the Christian context.

4d. By fostering a respect for diverse forms of music, worship, and culture.

5. To strengthen a sense of civic responsibility to the community


5a. By promoting in our students an appreciation for the opportunities and responsibilities which exist in a democratic society concerning the arts.

5b. By encouraging involvement in civic affairs through music and the allied arts



1- Socially Relevant

1a. Students will recognize the value of economic, political, social, and systems as tools for positive change.

1b. Students will apply a foundation of compassion and integrity to their chosen field of study.

1c. Students will demonstrate servant leadership as they engage the community and marketplace.


2- Academically Excellent

2a. Students will attain an educational foundation in arts and humanities, science, mathematics, and social science.

2b. Students will be able to communicate in oral and written form and demonstrate information and technological literacy.

2c. Students will demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills across the curriculum.


3- Globally Engaged

3a. Students will understand the interplay of historical, cultural, and geographical realities of the global community.

3b. Students will value diversity through an understanding of worldviews, languages, cultures, and peoples.

3c. Students will engage in service opportunities within the global community.


4- Intentionally Diverse

4a. Students will understand the heritages and traditions of diverse peoples and cultures.

4b. Students will appreciate the need to promote biblical principles of social equality.

4c. Students will engage in interactions and relationships with those from diverse backgrounds.


5- Emphasizing Personal Transformation

5a. Students will grow in their faith as they pursue God’s purpose in their lives.

5b. Students will integrate their Christian worldview into learning and service.

           5c. Students will apply discipleship principles to assist in the personal transformation of others.