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Music Appreciation

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Music Appreciation (common course-id MUS 100), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

C-ID Number: MUS 100 

General Course Description: MUS 100

A survey of art music in western civilization. Topics studied include but are not limited to elements of music, basic musical forms, music periods, styles, and the role of music and musicians in the western world.

Suitable for both music majors and non-majors, this course satisfies a general education requirement in most lower-division curricula, and is commonly transferable in a baccalaureate program.

Minimum units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the elements of music by:

  • using appropriate terminology
  • identifying musical instruments and ensembles
  • analyzing and evaluating musical performances
  • discussing music in its historic context.


  • examinations
  • quizzes
  • written (essay) assignments.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • MUSC 105 – Music Appreciation
    MUSC 105 – Music Appreciation (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Although described as a course, this resource can also serve as a textbook. The purpose of this course is to help... More
  • Sound Reasoning
    Sound Reasoning (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Although designed as a course, this resource can be used as a textbook. It offers a new approach to music appreciation... More
  • Music Appreciation - Rhythm
    Music Appreciation - Rhythm (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, and texture are the essential aspects of a musical performance. They are often called... More