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Music in Western Civilization Course  MUL 2110 # 5683

Instructor: Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy, Associate Professor

Contact Info: Bldg. 82; Studio 218

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Course Description:

This course will explore the most important aspects of Western Music traditions through the study of styles and the historical events that influenced its creators and performers. This will be accomplished through reading, guided listening, and music research. The course will survey Western art music. It will also explore the impact of music on society and vise versa, as well as relations between music with other arts.   

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:


--Identify major formal characteristics and distinguish between major musical styles of the five main periods of Western music development: Middle Ages / Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and the 20th century.

--Recognize major historic and social circumstances of musical development and the role that arts played in the development of other arts and of the Western society at large.

--Apply the knowledge of music history and music theory to the personal listening experience, both in the context of live musical performance and listening to the recorded music.

--Listen to music attentively and recognize the most important formal characteristics and elements of music: media, texture, and genre.

--Identify by listening to music compositions of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Identify by listening to music compositions by at least three major composers of each of the following eras: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and the 20th Century. 


Required Materials:

Roger Kamien, Music: an Appreciation. Sixth Brief Edition (New York: McGrow Hill, 2008) - the textbook must include the set of five CDs  


Students are required to check regularly their course assignments, quiz preparation instructions, and their instructor's messages on the course website. The schedule of quizzes and exams is posted below (see Course Topics and Quiz Schedule)


Late Quiz and Quiz Retake Policy:

In this course, each student is allowed to take 1 (and only one) late quiz OR to retake a poorly done quiz. The resulting grade for a late / re-taken quiz will be lowered by 10 points or one letter-grade. To set up a quiz re-take / make-up send the instructor a short request for one specific quiz via email before 4:00 p.m. August 1.


The retake date is August 4, 7:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. The make-up (late quiz) date is August 5, 7:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

Please, do not be late for your quizzes. No  late Final Exams , nor retakes of the Final Exam are allowed.



 Six Quizzes (14% each) 84%                   Final Exam 16% 

 Grading Scale:

93-100 (A); 90-92.999 (A-); 87-89.999 (B+); 83-86.999 (B); 80-82.999 (B-); 77-79.999 (C+) 73-76.999 (C); 70-72.999 (C-); 67-69.999 (D+); 63-66.999 (D); 62.999 and below (F)

Special Technology Utilized by Students:

Computer with the fast Internet connection, CD / CD-rom player ATTENTION: In order to take Quizzes and the Final Exam for this course, your computer will need to be able to play MP3 files. For additional important information see the General Course Instructions page!  


Course Topics and Quiz Schedule


  The Middle Ages and Renaissance   Quiz 1

Sunday, June 27, 7:00 a.m. -  Tuesday, June 29, 11:59 p.m.


The Baroque Period Quiz 2

Sunday, July 4, 7:00 a.m. -  Tuesday, July 6, 11:59 p.m.


The Classical Period

Quiz 3 Sunday, July 11, 7:00 a.m. -  Tuesday, July 13, 11:59 p.m.   

Romantic Period 1

Quiz 4

Sunday, July 18, 7:00 a.m. -   Tuesday, July 20, 11:59 p.m.


Romantic Period 2

Quiz 5 Sunday, July 25, 7:00 a.m. -   Tuesday, July 27, 11:59 p.m. 


Romantic Opera Quiz 6

Sunday, August 1, 7:00 a.m. - Tuesday, August 3, 11:59 p.m.


The Twentieth Century

Final Exam

 Sunday, August 4, 7:00 a.m. -  Tuesday, August 6, 11:59 p.m.  


Expectations for Academic Conduct:

As members of the University of West Florida academic community, we commit ourselves to honesty. As we strive for excellence in performance, integrity—both personal and institutional—is our most precious asset. See: and

Plagiarism Policy:


A major misconception some students have is believing that rewriting something is not plagiarism because they are "putting it in their own words." However, if the source is not acknowledged, such rewriting IS PLAGIARISM. Copying and pasting actually accounts for only a small percentage of plagiarism. Most plagiarism is a result of text manipulation. The accessibility of the Internet makes plagiarism very tempting, and unintentional plagiarism often springs from this source as well.


Student Handbook:

See: (PDF Format)



Students with special needs who require specific examination-related or other course-related accommodations should contact Barbara Fitzpatrick, Director of Disabled Student Services (DSS),, (850) 474-2387. DSS will provide the student with a letter for the instructor that will specify any recommended accommodations.

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