Music Courses at New River Community College

MUS 121-30 Music Appreciation

Many of us spend our life listening to music, whether aware or unaware. Music surrounds us, fills the airwaves and influences us in so many ways. What is the definition of music? After all, what is “music” to one's ears may not be music to another's. Where does music come from? Why does music sound the way it does? How is the music of today linked to the past? Why should pop musicians be grateful to Bach?

This class provides an overall understanding of music, an overall appreciation for its past, present and potential future. Music has always had an impact on its listeners and has been used to promote the ideals of different civilizations. Like architecture, literature and art, music has evolved over the centuries…a living mirror and history of man's evolution and philosophy which has the power to reveal to our “modern” ears the sounds of the past: mysticism, reverence, love, passion, joy, sorrow and celebration…

Come and share this common musical thread and discover how much we have in common with those of long ago. It is in understanding this past that we can put into perspective our musical present.

Course Materials

The following materials will be sent to you from Distance Education:

The Course Plan will be sent to you from Distance Education to your address on file at New River Community College. Please make sure that it is updated and correct.

The following materials should be picked up from the Bookstore:


The Enjoyment of Music with Total Access, Forney, Dell’Antonio and Machlis. 12th Edition, Shorter Version.  Norton.


Getting Started

Please go to Blackboard make sure that you read thoroughly the Course Plan. All instructions for the semester are found there.


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