Music Appreciation: Week 7

12 Week Session

Welcome to Week 7

Congratulations on getting past your assignment due date! All grading for the assignment due date has been completed. Please be sure to review your grades and your assignment feedback. Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 29th) is the final day to submit any missing assignments (with a 30% late work penalty).

What Are We Studying Next?

We will be picking up the pace this week and covering two modules! Please be sure to review your syllabus!

Module 8
Non-Western Music

Non-Western music is any music that grew out of a different culture or musical tradition than the European. For someone who grew up listening to Western music, Non-Western music will have a recognizably exotic sound. This comes from the use of different tuning systems, different scales, different vocal styles and performance practices, and different approaches to melody and harmony.

Examples of popular forms of Non-Western music include the various forms of non-European classical music such as Japanese Koto music, Indian raga music, and Tibetan chants.

In the classic definition Non-Western music is the traditional music or folk music of a culture that is created and played by indigenous musicians and is closely related to the music of the regions of their origin.

Assignments to expect:

  • One discussion question on the sound of Non-Western music
  • One module project of Non-Western music listening
  • One module assignment on Non-Western Instruments
  • One module multiple choice test

Module 9

Music of the 40s and 50s

In the US, by the early 1940s, swing had become the most popular musical style and remained so for several years. Bandleaders such as the Dorsey Brothers often helped launch the careers of vocalists who went on to popularity as solo artists, such as Frank Sinatra, who rose to fame as a singer during this time.

Some of the most notable Swing artists of the 1940s include Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. Some of the most notable crooners of the 1940s other than Sinatra include Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.

In the 1950's, the styles of Pop Music, R & B, Rock & Roll, Blues and Country Music all had an explosion of popularity and influence on the culture of America. The era of Rock & Roll has begun.

Assignments to expect:

  • One discussion question on Rock and Roll
  • One assignment on Frank Sinatra
  • One module listening project of Music from the 40's and 50's
  • One module test on 1940's and 1950's music.

Quick Note:

Please be sure to cite your sources in your work. Please also remember to use your own words. If you use something word for word from one of your sources, please be sure to put quotation marks around it. Have questions? Drop me an email! I'm happy to help.

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 you performed in! While the last day to turn these in is Thursday, April 14, please do not wait until the last minute (there may not be any concerts to attend if you wait until the last minute).

GAVS Policies

Please be sure to review the student handbook here.

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!