Music History III (Wagner to Present Day)

Course Objectives:  

General: Why Learn Music History? 

  1. Musicology is more than just the history of music. It is the study of the broader context surrounding musical composition, performance, and thought. Studying musicology helps to place the student within this broader context in both academic and performance situations.

Learning outcomes for this semester:  

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of broad musical trends during the twentieth century.

  2. Indicators of achievement. Students will be able to:

  3. Divide the century into recognizable style periods and movements. 

  4. Place important composers into the above style periods and movements.

  5. Construct a coherent narrative of the musical history of the century.

  6. Demonstrate knowledge of important music and musicians of the twentieth century.

Indicators of achievement. Students will be able to:

  1. Identify important musical works by ear.

  2. Identify important musical works by sight

  3. Identify composers’ works based on their knowledge of the composers’ styles.


Robert P. Morgan, Twentieth-Century Music, New York: Norton, 1991.

Robert P. Morgan (ed.), Anthology of Twentieth-Century Music, New York: Norton, 1992.

WISE (Willamette Instructional Support Environment): 

A website has been created for this course and you are already registered for it. Unless otherwise specified, all assignments will be posted there under the “assignments” tab. To access the website for this course, go to: 


Your attendance is expected at all class meetings. Please remember that latecomers disrupt the class. Consequently, it is important that you arrive in class before the session begins. If you have a University approved absence as outlined in the University Approved Absence Policy, you will be allowed to make up any work missed. If you are “just” absent, you will not be allowed to make up any homework, quizzes, exams that you miss.


A   (93 - 100)   A-  (90 -   92)  

B+ (87 -   89)   B   (83 -   86)   B-  (80 -   82)    

C+ (77 -   79)   C   (73 -   76)   C-  (70 -   72)  

D+ (67 -   69)   D   (65 -   66)   F    (64 and lower) 

Participation - 10%

Reading/Listening Blog - 10%

Paper 1 - 15% 

Paper 2 - 15% 

Quizzes/Homework - 20%

Midterm Exam - 15% 

Final Exam - 15% 



Because of the nature of this course, all students are expected to be an active contributing member of the class. This contribution can come in many forms. 

Reading/Listening Blog:

As you listen to music on the WISE site, you will be asked to keep a listening blog. Each week, you must post one entry. There will be an informational sheet about this assignment at the beginning of the term.


Assignments for each paper will be given well in advance. Each paper will go through several revisions on its way to the final edition. Be ready to “workshop” your papers in class in the weeks before the due date. Papers will be assessed on both content and grammar/spelling/style.


Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day announced in the syllabus. Late assignments will receive greatly reduced credit. 


There will be several listening and score identification quizzes over the course of the term. Musical examples will be taken from these quizzes for the midterm and final examinations.

Midterm Examination:

This exam will include listening, score identification, and short answer/essay questions and will occur in class on Monday, March 14. This exam will cover material from the beginning of the term to World War II.

Final Examination:

Similar in format to the midterm, this exam will be Friday, May 6, from 2:00-5:00 pm. This exam will cover material from World War II to the present day.

Passing the Class:

In addition to receiving at least a 64% in the course, each student must complete the midterm and final examinations and turn in all assigned out-of-class assignments. 


Any student eligible for and desiring academic accommodation due to a disability should provide documentation to Disability Services located in the Bishop Wellness Center within the first two weeks of the semester. 

Academic Honesty is at the very core of any college program. Any behavior deemed as academically dishonest by the department will result in an F for the class. Academic dishonesty can include, but is not limited to, the following types of behaviors: 

  1. 1.Misrepresenting another individual's work as one's own. Plagiarism. 

  2. 2.Copying from another student during an exam. 

  3. 3.Copying another student’s homework. 

  4. 4.Allowing another student to copy a paper or other class assignment. 

  5. 5.Representing the work of a group as one’s personal work. In short, if the assignment is not specifically designated as a group project, it is meant to be completed on one’s own. 

  6. 6.Altering one's exam after grading for the purpose of enhancing one's grade. 

  7. 7.Submitting the same paper/assignment to more than one class. 

  8. 8.Use of any material not approved by the instructor during an exam. 

I take academic integrity very seriously. When in doubt, cite it. If you have questions about how to properly cite a reference, please do not hesitate to ask.