Professor Dana Talley    

Assisted by Dr. Sue Talley

MUS 214



SPR 2009


Course Day and Time:  Thursday, 8:10-10:00 PM

                                            Room B600

Credits:  2

Office Hours: 12:00-1:00, 4:00-5:00 Monday, 4:20-5:20 Wednesday & 4:00-5:00 Thursday, and by appointment: Please 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.

hone: (212) 927-1015 Home       (917) 825 8697 cell

              (212) 625-0500 ext. 6187 Office E-Mail


Course Description:


18th Century Music is a survey of musical styles from that of the older contemporaries of Bach and Handel to the mature classicism of Haydn and Mozart.  The class will study the Baroque and Classical composers to Beethoven’s time, as well as listening to the music and studying scores.  One field trip will be taken to hear the New York Philharmonic.  The class will cover chapters 9 through 14 in the textbook.


Required Textbook:


Hanning, Barbara Russano, Concise History of Western Music OR

Grout, Donald J., and Palisca, Claude V., A History of Western Music, Sixth Edition.  New York:  W. W. Norton, 2001.


Both of the foregoing texts are published by W W Norton.  Hanning’s Concise History is based upon the Grout text but is compact and enriched. The Hannig will be required for all Music History Classes for future semesters, however, if you previously purchased the Grout you may use this text.


A History of Music Online Tutor:  Free access:

 Or The quizzes for each chapter must be completed by all students and e-mailed to the instructor.

Course information and listening materials as assigned from:


Course Objectives:


CORE VALUES: Nyack College seeks to exalt Jesus Christ and fulfill its mission by being:

Socially Relevant -- Preparing students to serve in ministerial, educational, healing and community-building professions. 

Academically Excellent -- Pursuing academic excellence in the spirit of grace and humility.

Globally Engaged -- Fostering a global perspective within a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural Christian academic community.

Intentionally Diverse -- Providing educational access and support to motivated students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Personally Transforming -- Emphasizing the integration of faith, learning and spiritual transformation.




The classes will follow the layout of the Hanning text, and for each class, readings will be given in the text. Listening lab time is mandatory (approximately 2 hours per week and can be done on line with Real Audio or with Norton and other CD’s), and all assessments will include tests on required listening. At the end of three chapters, a midterm will be given.  There will be a final and a term project which will be an oral presentation and performance of a selection by an assigned composer. The student will submit the online quiz from the Norton website BEFORE the quiz given in class.




Attendance, promptness, and class participation: 15%

Concert response, and Opera paper 10%

Six Quizzes (listening included): 20%

Midterm (listening included): 20%

Final (listening included):  25%

Term project: 10%


(If a quiz or a midterm is missed the student will be assigned a paper instead of a make-up test)




Students are expected to arrive on time to class and punctually return after a short break. Out of courtesy to the entire class, students will call ahead if they must miss a class, and plan to make up any missed assignments or tests. In accordance with school policy, there is one “excused” absence (other than for illness, family emergency, etc.)  While there are certainly legitimate reasons for absence or tardiness, unexcused absences and more than three late arrivals to class will result in a lower grade. Field trips are not optional and are an important part of the learning experience, and will require a response paper.


Papers are to be typed in Arial or Times New Roman font, not larger than 12 point, with one inch margins.  Illustrations may be used, but will not count toward the number of pages in the research paper.  In accordance with school policy and ethical conduct, students may not copy materials from the Internet or other sources and hand them in as original work.  The major part of every paper should be the student’s own work.  Students will acknowledge each source quoted, by the use of quotation marks, if the quote is one or two sentences or less,  indentation and single spacing (for a longer quote), and footnotes and bibliography. WARNING: Material which shows evidence of plagiarism will receive a grade of “F”, and repeated violations will result in disciplinary action by the College.  Such infractions are easy to trace with Internet programs now available.  (See Nyack College Catalog, page 35.)  Each of you will be assigned one oral presentations.  Please plan about 20 minutes for each presentation, which will include a performance of a work assigned.  Those students that are not able to perform will provide assigned CD’s as an alternative. Please DO NOT read an article from a website but present about 2 pages in your own words.


Information Literacy Requirement:


1. The student will visit the class website: 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 sign in to to prepare for their listening exams and class discussion.  The login is NYACK01 and the password is NYACK01


Sheet music, CD’s, and equipment may be obtained at any of the following retailers for your term assignment:


Patelson's Music House:

160 West 56th Street (212) 757-5587 (THE resource for the classical musician, at 7th Ave. behind Carnegie Hall)

 Juilliard School Bookstore:

60 Lincoln Center Plaza, (212) 799-5000 (note that this is in the same plaza as the Performing Arts Library – very handy when you’ve been studying hard and found a music book that you’d like to buy for yourself)

 Colony Record & Radio Ctr. Inc., 1619 Broadway (212) 265-2050

(particularly good for Broadway selections)

 Carl Fischer Inc.

65 Bleeker St Fl 8, (212) 777-0900

T.I.S. Music Catalog:

J.W. Pepper:

CD World

Citidex guide to all the music stores in NYC:


Library resources:

Nyack College

New York Public Library: 

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




In addition to the information in the college catalog, all students are responsible for the requirements, regulations, and information in the NCMC Music Handbook.  Please put the following link in your browser:


Learning Disabilities:


Any student who has a learning disability is encouraged to speak privately with the professor or with Professor Adelaide Pabon the 504 coordinator for Nyack College/New York City.  Any student eligible for and requesting academic accommodations due to a disability is required to provide a letter of accommodation from Academic Support Services within the first two weeks of the beginning of the class.

Calendar classes for the semester


(The calendar below is only approximate. Also, there will be six quizzes which will be given after the required online tests are taken from the Norton website. The will be short oral presentations in our final concert project on April 23rd.  Each of you will give a short introduction and perform a selection by an assigned composer.  The list of assignments will be given, in consultation with the professor on January 29th.  The following calendar is approximate and will be updated as soon as the date for the field trip is decided.  The quizzes will be on both the chapters and class lectures.


Class 1, January 22, 2009: Introduction to the Baroque     


Class 2, January 29: Style Features of Baroque Music and the mystery of performance practice in the 1800’s, including rhetoric and Baroque emotional devices. by Dr. Sue Talley


Class 3, February 5: Quiz on Chapter 9 The Rise of German Nationalism in

              Music and the Fugue


Class 4, February 12: The Oratorio and the Cantata Handel and Bach by Dana and

                Sue Talley


Class 5, February 19: Quiz on Chapter 10, Passacaglia, Ritornello Form, and the Baroque Concerto in the 1800’s.


Class 6, February 26: The Enlightenment and introduction to the Classical

              Period, Form & Variations, Minuet and Trio.


 Class 7, March 5: Quiz on Chapter 11, Introduction of Mozart and Haydn, by Dr. Sue Talley 


Class 8, March 12 this class is cancelled due to the choir tour.  An

                  alternative assignment, or field trip to The Juilliard school will be given.


    Class 9, March 26: Quiz on Chapter 12 included in the Midterm Test and      Listening Test, plus an introduction to Viennese classical style: Homophony and Cadence, Rhondo, Sonata Allegro Form


Class 10, April 2: Quiz on Chapter 13, Piano Music of Mozart and Haydn.

                by Dr. Sue Talley


Class 11, April 9: The Marriage of Figaro Take home quiz on Chapter 14 and

                assignment on the Marriage of Figaro.


Class 12, April 16: The Marriage of Figaro


Class 13, April 23: Class Projects and Concert (Will take the full two hours)

                assisted by Dr. Sue Talley  


Class 14, April 30: Final Exam, May 3 Final Exam:  Listening test, short Answer, essay,

                and multiple choice questions.

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