Music Appreciation is a tour through the world of music from Medieval chant to rock.
Students begin by studying the elements of music (sound, harmony, melody, rhythm, form, etc.) and build a comprehensive vocabulary with which to understand and evaluate musical expression. After this introduction, six historical periods of music are presented: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern/Contemporary. Students learn to match composers of various periods with particular styles and characteristics. Composers are presented within the context of their era, including a study of how social, political, and economic factors influenced their writing.
The 28 Web lectures are embedded with over 160 audio and video examples. There are film and book recommendations and links to other resources on the Web. The course also features a weekly chat and a library of quizzes that you can use to test yourself and prepare for exams.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Arts/Humanities (Category 3B) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Arts and Expression (GT-AH1).
Textbooks and Materials
- Music Appreciation: Listening E-Book*
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
Although the textbook is not required, it is recommended.
Adam Torres, conductor and pianist, joined the faculty of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2011; he currently holds the rank of Senior Instructor and serves as Director of the Summer Residency Master of Music, Music Education – Conducting Specialization program.
An online-curriculum specialist, Mr. Torres' work with CSU encompasses a wide array of teaching and artistic contributions: courses taught include Music Appreciation, music theory, conducting, university orchestra, music research, and history courses in 19th Century music, Jazz, and Rock ‘n Roll. Adam additionally serves as the Instructor of Record for MU 590D, Continuing Education credits for the annual Colorado Music Educators Association Conference.