Music Appreciation: Week 3

14 Week Session

Welcome to Week 3

Congratulations on getting past your first assignment due date! All grading for the first assignment due date has been completed. Please be sure to review your grades and your assignment feedback. Today (Tuesday, February 16th) is the final day to submit any missing assignments (with a 30% late work penalty).

What Are We Studying Next?

Module 3
Music of the Baroque Era and Classical Era

"Baroque music is the style extending from approximately 1600 to 1750.The baroque period saw the creation of functional tonality. During this period, composers and performers used more elaborate musical ornamentation, made changes in musical notation, and developed new instrumental playing techniques. Baroque music expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance, and also established opera as a musical genre. Many musical terms and concepts from this era are still in use today.
Classical music has a lighter, clearer texture than Baroque music and is less complex. Melodies tended to be shorter than those of Baroque music, with clear-cut phrases and clearly marked cadences. The orchestra increased in size and range; the harpsichord fell out of use, and woodwind instruments became a self-contained section. As a solo instrument, the harpsichord was replaced by the piano."


Assignments to expect:

  • One discussion question on the popularity of opera
  • One module project of Baroque and Classical music listening
  • One module assignment on Mozart (biography)
  • One module multiple choice test

Important Things to Note

Submitting Work Early:


You can always submit your work early (with the exception of the final exam). For all projects and assignments submitted early (this does not include quizzes/tests), you will have the option to resubmit these after they've been graded (to be regraded) as long as they are resubmitted before the original assignment due date. Please keep in mind it can take up to 72 hours to receive an assignment back. If you would like the ability to resubmit your assignment, please factor in the amount of time needed for grading in addition to the amount of time you would need to modify your assignment before the assignment deadline.



Extra Learning Opportunity (due Thursday, April 14th):

1. Earn up to 10 additional points for up to your 5 lowest graded listening assignments throughout the semester.

  • Attend a live concert (any type of concert!). Submit a photo or scan of the program, in addition to a reflection on the experience (what were the differences between attending live and listening to music at home? did/do you prefer one to the other? what are the advantages or disadvantages of attending a live concert?) and on the selections performed. Please reference the "Listening Rubric" for writing about the performance. Your concert selection should not be one in which you are performing! Each concert/reflection will be eligible to add up to 10 points to 1 listening assignment. You may submit a total of 5 concert reflections. You may not count a concert your performed in! While the last day to turn these in is Thursday, April 14th, please do not wait until the last minute (there may not be any concerts to attend if you wait until the last minute).

Upcoming Events

GaVS Orientation/Help Sessions:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 @ 7pm

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About Me

Who am I?

I'm originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Georgia before high school.

I graduated from Richmond Hill High School before pursuing my BME in Music Education from Armstrong State University. After graduating from Armstrong, I moved throughout the country several times with my husband while he earned his master's degree and than worked towards finishing his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) from the University of North Texas. During this time, I received my MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to my love of music & museums, I am a huge fan of Indiana Jones, Marvel comics, traveling, photography, and anything Disney. When I'm not teaching for GAVS, I can usually be found spending time with my family!