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MUSIC 1A03 Intro:History Of Music I

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Office Hours: Friday 11 am to Noon

Course Objectives:

In this course we will examine the history of Western European music from c.
800- c.1750. . The material will be presented through lectures, weekly readings
from the assigned textbook and weekly listening from the assigned text.
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. 800-1750)
  • Aurally recognize stylistic characteristics of various periods of European music (c.800-1750)
    music (c. 800-1750)
  • Aurally recognize stylistic characteristics of this music
  • Aurally recognize specific compositions from the period under study
  • Discover new styles of music and be able to discuss your preferences
  • Attend a convert and learn about becoming an active listener



Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

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

  • Students who purchase used copies of this text will need to purchase access to the on-line components of this text. Access may be purchase through the publisher's web site,
  • E-books are also an option for this text (see link above)

In addition, we will be using the Top Hat app for weekly quizzes and to assist in course management. You may purchase Top Hat here:

This is an excellent, interactive app that will enhance your experience in this course.

Method of Assessment:

Midterm 1,  (October 4)                          20 %

Midterm 2   (November 3)                         20 %

Weekly Quizzes                                         15 %

Concert report (due Dec. 1)                       15 %

Final exam (to be scheduled by registrar)  30 %

A detailed guide on how to write a concert report will be covered during a lecture and instructions will be posted on the course website on "Avenue to Learn".The concert report will be submitted on-line, via "Avenue to Learn". Students will receive the results from Midterm 1 by November 10.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Students are required to write tests and submit assignments on the dates indicated. The concert reports will be submitted on-line, through the course website on "Avenue to Learn". Assignments submitted past the deadline will be deducted % for each day past the deadline.Alternate test dates for individual students will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. In such cases,appropriate documentation may be required, and if it is not provided, students risk forfeiting the mark for the course requirement.

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 and assigned readings will be posted on "Avenue to Learn". The instructor will also update a list of concerts, on campus and in the community, that are appropriate for students to attend in order to fulfill the requirement to write a concert report.