Santa Monica College Music Department

Santa Monica College Music Department


MUS32: Appreciation of Music



FALL 2011

Course Title





Music 32, Appreciation of Music


Drewry Holt

8 weeks

Music 32, Appreciation of Music


David Goodman

8 weeks

Music 32, Appreciation of Music


Jon Titmus

12 weeks

Music 32, Appreciation of Music


Frank Turner

8 weeks

Music 32, Appreciation of Music


Anne Young

12 weeks

Music 32, Appreciation of Music


Anne Young

8 weeks

Music 32, Appreciation of Music


Dennis Parnell

8 weeks


Contact Information
Hardware Requirements
Software Requirements
Email Account
How to get a Free Santa Monica College Network Account
Internet Service Providers
Course Format
Evaluation and Grading
Remember To Do These Things


IMPORTANT: You must first be officially registered for this course through the SMC Admissions Office and pay all applicable fees.


You can purchase the DVD for this course which is titled OnMusic Appreciation, third edition at the Front Desk of the SMC Bookstore, at the SMC Performing Arts Campus Bookstore, or order it online directly from Connect4Education well in advance of start date of the class. You may only use new, unopened DVDs of the Third Edition. The second edition and previously used DVDs will not work. You will not be able to order it from other online vendors. Be sure to save the enclosed serial number slip which contains your own unique access code.  Each DVD has a unique access code that is exclusive to each individual student enrolled in the course. That access code is linked to the Student College ID and records for each semester. Therefore, you will NOT be able to share the DVD and access code with another student who is currently in the class. There is no 'paper text' book for this class so please do not try to purchase the textbook and CDs that are used for our Music 32 ground classes.

You also will not be able to access this class from the SMC computers and the campus network as the SMC firewall may prevent files from being streamed from the internet.

To access this course, please follow these steps:

1. Purchase a clean, new, unused copy of the course DVD  titled OnMusic Appreciation, third edition.

2. From your computer, go to Then:

If your submission is valid, you will be taken to a confirmation page. On that page:

You will also receive a confirmation email message.

After completing the registration process, please follow these steps to access your online course:

Course Description and Goals

Music is art as well as science. To be able to comprehend it to the fullest we must, therefore, be able to appreciate both its emotional and intellectual content.

The aim of this course is very simple: To provide you with the tools for a basic understanding of music. It will not make you a musician or teach you how to write music. It will, however, give you the necessary background to understand what is going on technically when you are listening to music so that your experience is not limited to a wash of sound that produces a certain feeling.

The course will concentrate on a) The development of an attentive style of listening, b) The introduction and systematic study of the building blocks of music, and c) Enhancing awareness of the main musical styles of selected western and non-western cultures.

You will also be required to attend a live orchestra concert during the term and submit a Concert Report as a final term paper.

OnMusic 1998-2003  Copyright is the property of Connect For Education, Inc.
This copyrighted material is placed on the Web for purposes of education and research in a non-profit setting and limited to the students enrolled in course MUS32 at Santa Monica College.
All other rights reserved.

How do I contact my instructor?

Section 2647 - Prof. Holt -

Section 2648 - Prof. Goodman -

Section 2649 - Prof. Titmus -

Section 2650 - Prof. Turner -

Section 2651 - Prof. Young -

Section 2652 - Prof. Young -

Section 3138 - Prof. Parnell -




Office Location:

Music Department (Madison Music Building 211)

Santa Monica Performing Arts Campus

Santa Monica Blvd. (between 10th and 11th Streets)

Santa Monica, CA


Please email in advance to make an appointment.

Your instructor will respond to email within two hours whenever possible, and within 24 hours in all cases.

What hardware and software will be required for the MUS32 course?

There are a number of things you will need in order to take the MUS32 OnMusic course. Look over the following list to make sure that you have everything you need.

Hardware Requirements
Software Requirements
E-mail Account
How to get a Free Santa Monica College Email Account
Internet Service Providers

Hardware Requirements

Windows 95/98, NT, 2000, or XP
120Mhz or faster Pentium processor (or equivalent)
16X CD-ROM Drive or faster
32MB of RAM or more
28.8 kbps modem or faster
Sound card and speakers
Stereo Headphones
MacOS 8.x or above
16X CD-ROM Drive or faster
32MB of RAM or more
28.8 kbps modem or faster
Stereo Headphones

Software Requirements

All the necessary software to run your online course is free! Click any of the links below to download and install the software you need. The great news is that all this software is free!


Software Download Center
Internet Explorer for PC Download Internet Explorer for PC
QuickTime QT Download


Email Account

Next, you will need an e-mail account. Your email address is established when you sign up with an Internet Service Provider. Check with your ISP if you do not know what your email address is. If you already have an email account at Santa Monica College, you may use this address for your online courses. However, you will still need an ISP to access classes if you plan on viewing this online course off-campus. You must have an email address prior to starting the class.

Note: You will need your own email account to participate in the course. You will not be able to use accounts belonging to other students because of the confusion this causes.

How do I get a Free Santa Monica College Email Account?

If you don't have a Santa Monica College Email Account, make sure you read the instructions on How to get a Free Santa Monica College Email Account, and get one ASAP.

Internet Service Providers

If you are planning on viewing your online course from home, you'll need to obtain internet access through a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Note: It's very important that you sign up with a service provider as soon as possible. Set up time may take as long as 2-3 weeks and you will need to have this in order, and tested, before the course starts in full force.

The link below gives you many options for choosing an Internet Service Provider.

The List - Comprehensive List of ISPs by State

Course Format

Over the last four semesters, OnMusic has been offered using the incredible resources of the World Wide Web (WWW) for learning purposes. This format has challenged many traditionally held assumptions about teaching and learning. I will not go into the many ways this has happened. I will, rather, let this exciting adventure unfold and reveal its lessons to all of you.

There will be no lectures in this course. Actually, we will be at the opposite pole of the lecture paradigm. In this course, you are expected to communicate constantly with your classmates via electronic mail and Discussion Forums, and to cooperatively learn concepts, solve problems, and complete projects. This will be a major component of the learning experience.

This is a fully paperless class. All course materials, including the musical examples on CD-ROM, will be accessed electronically. Electronic mail and Discussion Forums will be the main source of information and interaction among us.

However, you must be fully conscious that despite its present state of sophistication, computer technology is, for many reasons, quite immature. Expect to encounter some hurdles along the way. Don't be frustrated by them. Learn from your shortcomings and those of the technologies that we will be using.

Evaluation and Grading


Please check your online Course Preamble for more information.


A fixed grade scale is used, so that it is possible for everyone to do well.

A.............. 94-100%
A-............ 90-93%
B+............ 87-89%
B.............. 83-86%
B-............. 80-82%
C+............ 77-79%
C.............. 73-76%
C-............ 70-72%
D+........... 67-69%
D.............. 63-66%
D-............. 60-62%
F............... below 60%

Once Inside the Course, Please Remember To Do These Things

Please make sure to listen carefully to all the music examples. These constitute the core of your learning experience in the course.

Please click the Tracking icon , whenever you are done with a class. You will find the tracking icon at the bottom of most pages.

Remember to set up your CD-ROM drive letter to match your computer settings. To do this, you need to know that letter. On a PC, double-click "My Computer" icon on your desktop, and make note of the letter beside the CD icon. The Mac Volume name is OnMusic1. Then, Go to CD-ROM setup, type that letter (or the Mac name) in the appropriate box, and click Setup.

Finally, it is very important that every time you finish a work session you click at the top of the screen. You can also click Logout on the bottom right corner of your student control panel.

Have fun!