MUS-130: Music Appreciation

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Music Appreciation
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the basic elements and organizational forms of music, and emphasizes listening skills, music vocabulary, and being open-minded toward all types of music.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to provide liberal arts and technical students an opportunity to develop an open-mindedness toward all music. General music listening experience using specific music vocabulary will be introduced.

Core Course Topics
  1. Elements of music:

    Identify the elements used in a musical composition including pitch, time, timbre and instrumentation.

  2. Organization of music:

    Identify the structure of a musical composition, including simple to complex forms, composite forms, and free and miscellaneous forms.

  3. Chronology of Western Civilization Music:

    Identify the general conventions of periods in Western music history, including Early, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, Contemporary-Jazz, Pop, and Rock & Roll, and identify major composers from each of these periods.

  4. Genre and Style:

    Identify the defining elements of a musical genre or style, including musical content, as well as lyrical considerations and political or personal subtexts.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Homework Assignments
  • Written quizzes, tests
  • Listening quizzes, tests
  • Written concert reviews

To be determined by instructor.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Effective Term
Winter 2022