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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Lara Housez


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 416

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27671

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm

Course Objectives:


Our primary goal is to gain a broad knowledge of musical terms, concepts, and repertoire from the Classical era, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century. We will focus on key composers, their works, and shifting musical styles and study how these figures and music making relate to larger economic, social, cultural, and intellectual contexts. By adopting a listening-oriented approach, we will develop skills in recognizing by ear musical examples and stylistic characteristics. Watch out: This course will expand your musical horizons and instill a life-long appreciation of “classical” music. No previous knowledge of music is required.


Students will gain knowledge in:

1. Naming and identifying the elements of music, including rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and expressive elements through reading and listening activities.

2. Relating the development of Western music to the cultural-historical background of Western civilization.

3. Identifying selected composers and their works from major Western historical periods, as representative of the thought and life of the respective periods.

4. Heightening abilities to listen to music intelligently and attaining higher levels of musical discernment in approaching different types and styles of music.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required materials

Bonds, Mark Evan. Listen to This, 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011.

Option 1: Hard copy of the book and 5-CD set

Option 2: Electronic copy of the book and 5-CD set (refer to Avenue for “Student Registration Instructions” to access MyMusicLab at

Method of Assessment:

Test #1 (Wednesday, January 29): 20%

Test #2 (Wednesday, March 12): 20%

Test #3 (Tuesday, April 1): 20%

Cumulative Final Exam (TBA April 10-29): 40%

Note: (1) Students must complete the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) in the event of missing a test. The weight of a missed test will be added to the weight of the final exam; i.e. the final exam weighting would be 60% rather than 40%. (2) Tests will be rescheduled for the next class should they fall on snow days.


Regular attendance is essential to achieve success in this course, as the material is cumulative. The lectures will give you the majority of the information and will go significantly beyond the reading and listening assignments. Lecture slides for each class will be posted on Avenue, but you should be aware that these provide only the skeleton of the information you need. You will supplement the slides and your textbook readings with your own notes from lecture in order to be fully prepared for tests and the final exam.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

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

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

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:




Chapter (page #)


CD (track #)

7 Jan


8 Jan

Elements of Music


CD 1, tracks 1-18

10 Jan

14 Jan

Introduction to the Classical Era

Part 4 (166-171)


15 Jan

Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in C Major, op. 76, no. 3, 2nd mvt.

20 (172-180)

CD 2, track 8

17 Jan

Haydn, Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major, 3rd and 4th mvts.

22 (187-196)

CD 2, tracks 10, 11

21 Jan

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550, 1st mvt.

23 (197-206)

CD 2, track 12

22 Jan

Mozart, Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488, 1st mvt.

24 (207-214)

CD 2, track 13

24 Jan

Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro, Act I, “Cosa sento”

25 (215-223)

CD 3, track 1

28 Jan

William Billings, “Chester” and review of the Classical Era

26 (224-232)

CD 3, track 2

29 Jan


31 Jan

Introduction to the Nineteenth Century

Part 5 (233-239)


4 Feb

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, op. 67

27 (240-47)

CD 3, tracks 4, 5, 6, 7

5 Feb

Franz Schubert, “Erlkönig,” D. 328

28 (248-254)

CD 3, track 8

7 Feb

Felix Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

29 (255-260)

CD 3, track 9

11 Feb

Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, 4th mvt. (“March to the Scaffold”)

30 (261-266)

CD 3, track 10

12 Feb

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Piano trio in D Minor, op. 11, 3rd mvt.

31 (267-271)

CD 3, track 11

14 Feb

Clara Wieck Schumann, “Forward!”

32 (272-277)

CD 3, track 13

17-21 February: MID-TERM RECESS

25 Feb

Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka in B-flat, op. 7, no. 1

33 (278-284)

CD 3, track 14

26 Feb

Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata, Act I, selection

36 (300-307)

CD 4, track 2

28 Feb

Richard Wagner, The Valkyrie, Act III, selection (“Wotan’s Farewell”)

37 (308-316)

CD 4, track 3

4 Mar

Johannes Brahms, Symphony no. 4 in E Minor, op. 98, finale

38 (317-325)

CD 4, track 4

5 Mar

Antonin DvoÅ™ák, String Quartet in F Major, op. 96 (“American”)

39 (326-332)

CD 4, track 5

7 Mar


11 Mar

Review of the Nineteenth Century

39 (333-334)


12 Mar


14 Mar

Introduction to the Twentieth Century

Part 6 and 40 (335-343)


18 Mar

Claude Debussy, Voiles

40 (344-351)

CD 4, track 6

19 Mar

Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question

42 (360-365)

CD 4, track 8

21 Mar

Arnold Schoenberg, “Columbine” from Pierrot lunaire

43 (366-371)

CD 4, track 9

25 Mar

Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, Part One

44 (372-382)

CD 4, track 10

26 Mar

Leonard Bernstein, “Tonight” from West Side Story

54 (446-454)

CD 5, track 10

28 Mar

Philip Glass, “Knee Play 1” from Einstein on the Beach and review of the Twentieth Century

56 (461-466)

CD 5, track 12

1 Apr


2, 4, 8 Apr

Review of the Classical Era, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century

10-29 Apr



Other Course Information:

Important Dates:

6 January: Classes begin

17-21 February: Mid-term recess

2-9 April: Test ban

8 April: Classes end

10-29 April: Final examinations