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MUSIC 1AA3 Intro:History Of Music II

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2016

Term: Summer

Day/Evening: D

Office Hours: Monday 12:30-1:30

Course Objectives:

In this course we will examine the history of Western European music from Classical music to contemporary Canadian music. The material will be presented through lectures, weekly readings from the assigned textbook and weekly listening from the assigned text.  Live music performances will be presented in class throughout the term. This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore new genres of music, learn how to be an active listener as well as how to talk and write about the experience of hearing live music.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define main developments & terms relating to the history of European music (c. 1750-present)
  • Aurally recognize stylistic characteristics of various periods of European music (c. 1750-present)
  • Aurally recognize specific compositions from the periods under study
  • Be able to talk about music they hear using the skills learned during this class.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Thomas Forrest Kelly, Music Then and Now, W.W. Norton Co.

Students may choose to purchase used copies of this text book, however they should note that access to the online portion of the text is essential, as all of the music presented in the text is streamed from the site. Students who purchase used copies of the text are able to purchase access to the on-line components through the W.W. Norton website. E-texts are also available from the publisher.

We will also be using the TopHat software platform in class for quizzes and discussions. For information check, and consult the use  guide posted on our Avenue to Learn course site. This software will enable me to judge your comprehension of the concepts presented in lectures in real-time, as well as administer weekly quizzes.


Method of Assessment:

There will be two midterms, held  during class time, as well as a final exam scheduled by the registrar. Weekly quizzes will test students on the concepts introduced in the readings and in lectures. All exams will take place during calss time.

Weekly quizzes :  20 %

Midterm exam 1 (July 4): 25%

Midterm exam 2 (July 20 ): 25 %

Final exam (Aug. 3):  30 %

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Students are required to write tests and submit assignments on the dates indicated. Late assignments will be deducted 10% per class-day late (assignments must be submitted during class-time to the instructor or they will be considered late).

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Focus of lectures will be posted on Avenue to Learn.