Course Information

Course title:

MUHL2302 Music and Cultural History II: The Early Period


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Course description:

Music MUHL2302 Music as Cultural History II: The Early Period is the second semester of a three-semester sequence on the history and evolution of style in music in the European tradition, designed to build on your experience in MUSI1200 and MUHL2301 and to coordinate with your studies in the Music Theory sequence.

Computer access: Since this course relies heavily on web-based actitivities, it is essential that students gain access to a reliable computer with Internet capabilities. If you computer is slow, doesn't support media applications, or if your Internet connection is prone to busy signals or disconnects, please schedule your day so that you can use a computer in the library. Technical problems do arise, but do yourself a favor and get acquainted with a good computer.



Sections 001 & 002: M248
Sections 003 & 004: M121


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Meeting time(s):

Section 001: 11:00-11:50AM
Section 002: 1:00-1:50PM
Section 003: 2:00-2:50PM
Section 004: 3:00-3:50PM





Instructor Information, sections 001 & 002


Professor Angela Mariani




Office location:

Admin 214A



2-0706 x239



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Instructor Information, sections 003 & 004


Professor Stacey Houck


Course Goals

Course goals:

Developing familiarity with a range of Western classical music repertoire from antiquity through the Renaissance, and with a set of analytical tools for listening to, reading about, and describing musical style and the cultural contexts from which it arises.



Required reading:

A History of Music in Western Culture, Mark Evan Bonds, Prentice Hall, 2003, 0-13-014320-0


Required reading:

A History of Music in Western Culture Anthology of Scores vol. 1 , Score anthology: Companion to the Textbook (available in TTU bookstore in University Center)


Recommended reading:

A History of Music in Western Culture Recorded Anthology vol. 1 , Recordings anthology: Companion to the Textbook (available in TTU bookstore in University Center)


Course Requirements


This course will include lecture, listening, discussion, in-class activities, and web-based testing. It is essential that students complete the daily readings and their accompanying quizzes and come to class prepared to engage in discussion.




Please note: Much of our in-class testing will employ Scan-Tron testing. Therefore, you are required to bring a blank Scan-Tron form to each quiz or test. Don't be caught by surprise!

(Please note that MUHL policy is that each student must pass each assignment category assigned below. An F in any of the following categories will result in an F for the entire semester.)

Readings: Each assigned reading in the Bonds textbook is accompanied by an on-line, timed quiz that must be completed prior to coming to class on the day the maerial will be discussed. Each quiz will consist of a collection of 3-15 randomized questions (each worth one point) focusing on important factual and interpretive detail in the reading for the day. After completing the assigned reading, students will have five minutes to take the accompanying quiz once they are logged on to the web site ( and each quiz may be taken only once. The quizzes are programmed for a timed release: each will be available at least two days early and will become inactive ten minutes before the start of the morning class period (to be exact, 10:50am). Results of the quizzes will be immediately available to the student.

Research project: Each student will, over the course of the semester, decide upon, assemble sources for, research, and write an original thesis paper (minimum of 10 pages) on a specific thesis topic within the time frame of our class. The research project will be completed, and assessed, in a number of stages over the semester, including:

  1. Topic idea
  2. Thesis statement
  3. Preliminary topic proposal with three bibliographic sources (books, articles, dissertations, and scores)
  4. Revised topic proposal with 15 bibliographic sources
  5. Background paper (approximately 3 pages)
  6. Final paper

The final paper will be due approximately 3 weeks before the end of the semester; please plan accordingly.

Examinations: Three examinations will be administered over the course of the semester (including the Final Examination), covering approximately

  1. The Medieval Period
  2. The Renaissance
  3. The Early- and Mid-Baroque

Examinations will include short answer questions and a short essay to be written on an assigned topic, and may also include score excerpts. For each exam, the written portion of the material (lectures, readings, etc) will be comprehensive from the beginning of the semester.

Listening journal: In the 2004-05 Academic Year, the listening requirement will be covered by regularly-scheduled listening quizzes, administered in Friday discussion sections by each section's TA. NO MAKEUPS FOR QUIZZES WILL BE GIVEN. If you have an excused absence for a given Friday, you are responsible for scheduling with your TA an alternate time to take the quiz in advance. To help you organize, remember, keep track of, and compare these pieces, it can be very useful to maintain a "Listening Journal", in which you will write entries (using the LaRue style parameters discussed in class) describing each piece.

Listening quizzes: Each week, a short (3-5 item) list of recorded excerpts from the Anthology will be assigned. Every Friday (or other days at the discretion of the instructor), a short (10-minute, 3-4 excerpt) listening quiz covering these assigned excerpts will be administered. Please, therefore, keep up with your listening assignments!


v      Examinations (3 including the Final): 30%

v      Quizzes (Reading and Listening): 30%

v      Research project: 25%

v      Attendance and listening quizzes: 15%




Attendance and participation: Because our time together in class is very limited, it is essential that we make the most efficient and constructive use of that time. Therefore, attendance is mandatory and unexcused absences will be penalized, with adverse effect on final grades.

Medical and other issues affecting course work: Any student who because of a disability may require special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary accommodations. Please Note: Student should present appropriate verification from AccessTECH. No requirement exists that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved university procedure.

Attendance due to religious observance--The Texas Tech University Catalog states that a student who is absent from classses for the observance of a religious holy day will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the absence.

  1. "Religious holy day" means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20, Tax Code.
  2. A student who is excused under Section 2 may not be penalized for the absence; however, the instructor may respond appropriately if the student fails to satisfactorily complete the assignment.

Absence due to officially approved trips--The Texas Tech University Catalog states that the person responsible for a student missing class due to a trip should notify the instructors of the departure and return schedule in advance of the trip. The student may not be penalized and is responsible for the material missed.

Please note: It is essential that any student missing a class, for an excused or unexcused absence, should promptly contact classmates and visit the course website to get class notes and catch up with missed work.

It is our experience that students who frequently miss class do poorly or fail. Any day you are late or absent, please get class notes from one or more classmates. You are responsible for knowing what is said in class, including announcements. Instructors cannot take responsibility for filling you in on what you missed.

Academic integrity: It is the student's responsibility to know and understand Texas Tech University's policies, procedures, and penalties regarding academic integrity, as discussed in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Negligence or ignorance of the policy will rarely be accepted as an excuse for violation of the policy. Cheating on examinations or plagiarism or falsification on the research project is likely to result in an F for the course.