Points Breakdown

Daniel R. Craig Assistant Professor of Music

Assignment Breakdown

The Paper


The Critique

Plagiarism and Cheating



Course Calendar



Professor Craig




Introduction to Music

Course Syllabus

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A basic survey of the elements, organizational patterns, history, and trends of Western European and American music. Credit = 3 semester hours. This course meets three times per week for the duration of 1 hour.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To provide a basic knowledge of the language, sound, and history of Western Art Music and to correlate the history of music to world history, literature, art in an interdisciplinary approach.

METHODOLOGY: This course shall consist of lecture/discussion, media presentation, assigned textbook reading, supplemental reading and self-study, assigned music listening, concert attendance,  and assigned research.

The student may accumulate up to 1000 points in this
course. The total amount of points is distributed as follows:



Points Distribution
Subject to change at the discretion of the professor.


Points per item

Total Points

Three exams

100 points per exam


One comprehensive final exam.

200 points


Weekly Quizzes over the reading and assignments


20 points per quiz


One research paper

100 points


2 Concert Critiques







Total Points possible



Note: Extra credit assignments are given out at the discretion of the professor.

GRADING SCALE: 90% =A, 80% =B, 70% =C, 60% =D, below 60% =F

Daniel R. Craig
Assistant Professor of Music
LA 0112, 464-1736
Office Hours by Appointment Only


Breakdown of each category of grading:

One hour exam, 100 pts. each
Each exam will cover the listening examples through identification of the pieces and answering questions regarding stylistic and historical topics. The exam will also cover all reading, web assignments, and lecture notes and discussions.   Exams may only be made up at the end of the semester through an extensive essay exam.  

Two hour final, 200 point
This examination will focus on all aspects of the course.  It will be divided  between listening examples and comprehensive questions over the reading and lectures from the entire semester. .

Paper, 100 points

This paper is considered a major research paper.

General requirements:

Length: Minimum of seven and maximum of 10 type written pages with factual information and critical analysis.

Margins: One inch

Spacing: Double spaced.

Type face: Times Roman 12 point

Topics will be taken from the approved topic list.

Topics MUST be approved by the professor before the paper is written

Resources must include a majority of books.

Internet Resources are accepted as "secondary sources" and weighted as such.

The weight of your grade will be determined upon the weight of your research, factual content, writing style and communication.

Your textbook will not be accepted as a source for your paper.

Topics are to be approved by the end of the second full week of classes.

Hardcopies of your papers are to be turned in on the due date. No emails will be accepted.


The paper is to be turned in during class time.

All Grades for papers are final. No revisions will be allowed.

A guide to writing your paper. Click on this link.


Quizzes, 20 points each
The quizzes will cover all previous reading and listening assignments. Quizzes may not be made up if they are missed.

Concert Critique, 50 points each Attend any two classical concerts and write a brief description answering questions provided by the professor. Click here to get the full assignment

Attendance to class is expected and recorded. After the third absence 15 points will be deducted from the student's grade point total per absence. After 12 absences a failing grade will be assessed. Lengthy illness and family emergencies will be considered excused if cleared with the professor as soon as the student returns to campus life.

The Enjoyment of Music , ninth edition, chronological edition, by Joseph Machlis; W.W. Norton pub, 1990.
Basic Recording for the Enjoyment of Music . 9th ed.W.W. Norton pub., 1990.
Both are available at the bookstore.
The Introduction to Music World Wide Web Site


Note: The professor reserves the right to give "pop" quizzes. The results of these quizzes will be averaged into the total points accumulated.

A note regarding the texts and recordings:

You are expected to purchase both the text and the listening CDs  listed for this course. You will be able to sell back the book and the cds together if they are returned in their original condition. Return of the texts and materials is wholly dependant on the condition of the materials and solely the discretion of the USI Bookstore. Your professor has no control over this process.  You cannot pass this course without listening to the tapes. Examinations consist of questions regarding each listening example.

Make up quizzes and exams: There are no make-up quizzes in this course.

Make-up EXAMS will be given on the day of the FINAL EXAM. These make-up exams will consist of a set of essay questions pertaining to the reading, lectures and listening assignments. Given the massive amount of material that is covered on each exam, it is not highly recommended that a student miss an exam.

Make-up FINAL EXAMS will not be administered. Final Grades will be turned into the registrar's office as soon as the final exam and concert critiques are graded. The grades are normally turned in within 4 hours of the final examination.

Students who are late to an exam will not be given extra time to finish.  Listening examples will be played only once during an exam. If the student comes in late to the exam, the student misses the opportunity to hear the examples.

Final grades will not be posted as per FERPA Regulations.

Electronic Resources

This course will use the USI BLACKBOARD service as a means of communication via email with the student.  Students are required to register their e-mail addresses with Blackboard so that communication flows properly. Students are expected to check their Blackboard mail frequently to stay on track with the progression of the course.

When e-mailing the professor, the student is required to put his or her FULL Name in the subject heading so that the professor can appropriately identify the student.

For example

FROM:  Daniel Craig: Introduction to Music student


The professor's email address is...


All other course content will be found on this syllabus site.



The Paper

When you are about to write a term paper, essay, or research paper of any kind, there are a few things that you should bear in mind to make your production the best that it can possibly be.

The paper should be between seven and ten pages in length depending on your topic, and depending on what you wish to say about the topic.

Well planned papers include.....



Example Citation
Copland said "Melody is generally what a piece of music is about."4
With this type of documentation you must use a foot note or an end-note at the end of your document.

Example Footnote
4Copland, Aaron. "Selected Letters and Comments on the Nature
of Music." Cited in The Enjoyment of Music. Machlis/Forney, W.W.
Norton Publishers, 6th ed. 1990. New York. p.27.

This type of citation must be followed by a separate bibliography.

Example: Bibliographical Entry

Machlis, James. The Enjoyment of Music. New York. W.W. Norton

Example In-Text Documentation

Copland said "Melody is generally what a piece of music is
about." (Machlis, p. 27)
This type of documentation must include a corresponding bibliography at the end of the document.

All papers must include a bibliography and one of the citation forms listed above.  Quote as many authors as needed to support your thoughts. Cite all general information gleaned from your sources.

Papers submitted in this class must use citations when:
a. ideas of another author are used
b. quotations from another author are used
c. paraphrased information from other authors is used.

Write a conclusion : a paragraph or more which...

Proofread and correct all mistakes in spelling or grammar. Let the paper set undisturbed for 24 to 48 hours. Then go back and slowly read through it again for any possible errors. You may wish to go back and reword a sentence or two to make the paper read more clearly.
After all this has been accomplished, you are ready to give your paper a title, and a title page. Your title page should contain the following information:


Your Name


Introduction to Music

Mus 202.00?

After all of your mistakes are corrected and you think your paper is ready to be presented, proudly print it, check it for errors again and if perfect, turn it in during class.

Remember! Have fun, learn something new, and don't forget to cite your references!!!

If you have never written a paper or have made consistently low grades on previous papers, it is suggested that you seek help in the USI Tutoring Center.


Sources for Biographical info and for further Bibliographic info:

The New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians , in the reference section at the Library.
Baker's Biographical -Music in Ref.
Music Section of the Library stacks
Album Collection at the University Library, Public Libraries of
The History of Western Music Ulrich, Pisk




Introduction to Music

Concert Critique

Attend any two classically oriented concerts scheduled for this semester. You may choose to attend concerts sponsored by the Music Department at U. of E. or by the Evansville Philharmonic, USI Chamber Choir, or USI Women's Choir.   As proof of your attendance, hand in your concert program folder with the ticket stub from the concert stapled to it. . After attending the concert answer the following questions in an essay format. Critiques should be typewritten and will be sent in Microsoft Word format to the professor via e-mail. Programs and ticket stubs will be received by the professor on the last full day of class. Concert Critiques are due e-mailed to the professor on the last full day of class.

1. What ensemble was performing?

2. List the works of the concert and their respective composers.

3. Which musical period does each work in the concert represent.

4. If there is more than one historical period exemplified in the
concert, make a comparison of two of the works which hold
different styles and historical periods.

5. Take one of the composers listed in your program and go the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians in the Library.  Research the life of the composer and the piece performed.  What part of the composer's life was this piece written.  What else was he working on during this period.  Where was the composer living during this time?

6. What was the overall impact of the music performed on the attending audience?

7. Were there any explanations given concerning the works performed? If so, were the comments given orally during the concert or in the form of program notes included in the program folder.

8. Detail your overall impressions of the effect of entire concert in view of your answers to Nos. 1-7. In all cases be specific.



pla - gia - rize. 1. to steal and use (the ideas or writings of another) as one's own. 2. To appropriate passages or ideas from (another) and use them as one's own: "I did hate to be accused of plagiarizing Bret Harte." (Mark Twain) -intr. To take and use as one's own writing or ideas of another. [From PLAGIARY.]

Definition taken from The American Heritage Dictionary, 1981.

Most well written papers use the ideas and/or writings of primary and secondary sources. As you will be doing the same it is most important that you cite your sources. Papers submitted in this class must use citations when:
a. ideas of another author are used
b. quotations from another author are used
c. paraphrased information from other authors is used.

The citations which must be used in this class are:
End notes: The same thing as a footnote but supplied on the next to the last page of your document. This notation explains from which Author, Title, Page, and Publisher you gleaned your priceless gem of information. In-text citations (Machlis, p. 78) are also accepted as long as a complete bibliography is included on the last page of your document.

Bibliography: This notation serves as an organized list of all of the sources that you have used.

You are required to do your own work. Only original work will be accepted.
You are required to use both of these forms in order for your paper to be well cited and accepted by your professor. Research papers submitted in this class will not be accepted without proper citation. It is the policy of this professor to uphold the University of Southern Indiana's policy concerning plagiarism. Student's found guilty of plagiarizing will  receive a failing grade for the class and academic charges brought against them in accordance with the University's Academic Honesty Policy.

Statement Regarding Cheating

Cheating will not be tolerated.  Students discovered cheating will receive an automatic grade of "F" in this class.  Such acts may also result in the filing of academic charges against the student through the office of the Dean of Students.




"If you have a disability, you are encouraged to register for disability support services in the Counseling Center. If you require an accommodation, please advise the instructor by the end of the first week of class. You may be required to provide written documentation to support these accommodations. The instructor will work with you to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that you have a fair opportunity to perform and participate in class."