MUS 116 Music Appreciation

Course Description

A survey of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will gain an understanding of music as an art form through listening and discussion of choral, orchestral, solo, opera, chamber and jazz works. Concert attendance is required. Open to all students, but designed for the non-music major.

Course Structure

This is a web enhanced course. In addition to our class meetings, you will participate in the course using Cypress College’s course management system called Canvas available at Cypress College Canvas.

Basic computer skills will be necessary in order to be successful in this course. Students should be comfortable with web browsing, word processing, sending and receiving email, and saving work on a computer. If you do not have access to a computer off campus, there are many computer labs on campus you can use to participate in the course. Most public libraries also have computers with internet access that you can use for free.

Students will be required to log into the course website in order to complete assignments related to the online lectures, reading, and listening examples before the designated deadlines.


Required textbook: Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, el Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music, by Tricia Tunstall.

Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company