Friday, June 4, 2021

June 14 - Sounding It Out

Welcome to Diablo Valley College Music Appreciation (Summer 2021), with

Dr. Mark Alburger!

Syllabus is at

We're all online, so the equivalent of two-class-meetings-a-week are playlists on YouTube, posted each Monday through Thursday.  Each playlist is 6 c. 15-minute original linked videos... roughly one-and-a-half hours per presentation...

The first Lecture Playlist, for today, June 14, is below the next picture...

Each Monday-through-Thursday will feature a new Playlist, accessed from this current blog-website

dated as above.

The titles of the daily blog entries are rather arbitrary / capricious...

Your class participation will be to take notes on each Playlist (c. 300-500 words) -- handwritten or typed -- as you listen, and send off by 6pm Fridays (in this case, June 18) to as attached pdfs or jpgs...

Blank pdf / jpg copies of Quizzes (Worksheets, really) will be group emailed to you every Tuesday and Thursday, with info for same posted on this website just below the corresponding daily Lecture Playlist, and same method of transmission / due date as above.  While top of each Quiz should be hand-written (re Music Notation and Basic Information), the bottom (Identification and Descriptions of Featured Composers and Pieces) may be typed... And you can always create your own versions of the Quizzes, rather than using the emailed copies...

Looking forward to our time together over the next 6 weeks!


Dr. Mark Alburger
Diablo Valley College Music
(707) 474-7273


Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1. Outer Space to Inner Sanctums)

The individual videos detailed below...

Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1a. An Outer Space Introduction)
Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction (in Cinema)

Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1b. The Big Bang and Beyond)
The Audio Afterglow of the Big Bang; Vibration / Sound / Rhythm / Pitch / Dynamics / Timbre
(N.B.  a significant part of the video, re the physics of music, had to be edited out,
due to a copyright objection -- section will be played on Zoom, 11:30am, Tuesday, June 15.
Additionally, video blocked in Austria and Germany [!],
due to inclusion of South African waves from The Endless Summer[!])

Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1c. Distance and Direction)
Intervals / Scales; Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction (in Performance)

Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1d. Notation and Nuance)
Notation of Pitch and Rhythm; Senegal - Greetings from Podor

Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1e. Speed to Solfege)
Tempo / Three Instrumental Groups; Rodgers - The Sound of Music: Do Re Mi

Mark Alburger - "Prehistoric" Music (1f. Solfege to Score)
Rodgers - The Sound of Music: Do-Re-Mi; Guido d'Arezzo - Hymn to St. John; Solfege, Accidentals;
Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction (in Score)

June 13 - Syllabus

Diablo Valley College
Music Appreciation

Music 110-9065
Summer 2021

Dr. Mark Alburger


Course Information

Unit Credit:
3, Grade Code SC - grade or credit / no credit.



Meeting Times

It is the student's responsibility to notify the records office of a withdrawal.

Communication (M-F)


Telephone / Text:
(707) 474-7273

Email: (default address)


Office Time and Place:

As above, re Meeting Times...
Optional Zoom meetings, Tuesdays / Thursday
11:30am - 12:35pm


Selections from:
Mark Alburger - Music History


No. 2 pencil (with eraser)
Computer access

Course Description

Music Appreciation
3 units 
54 hours lecture per term
Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL-122 or equivalent
This course is an introduction to the experience of listening 
to music with an appreciation of its technical, stylistic, 
expressive, social and historical aspects. Audio recordings, 
audio-video recordings, and live performances are used to 
study the evolution of Western classical styles and genres 
including opera, symphony, concerto, and chamber music, as 
well as jazz and rock. Some comparison of Western musical 
traditions with those of other cultures will be included. C-ID 
MUS 100, CSU, UC


1. Read and hear pitches, note values, meters, rhythms, and scales/modes.

2. Analyze musical examples re form, harmony, rhythm, and melody.

3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the historical development of Western music.

Student Learning Outcomes

A. Utilize a basic vocabulary for the appreciation of music.

B. Aurally identify performance media and musical genres.

C. Aurally identify Western classical music styles and major works from each stylistic period.

D. Discuss the contributions of major composers to Western classical music literature.

E. Relate a historical/social perspective to the development and evolution of Western classical music styles.

F. Relate Western classical music styles to stylistic movements in art and literature.

G. Compare and contrast Western classical music styles to Western popular music styles and various non-Western musical traditions.

Grading and Evaluation (Fall-Spring)

Participation - 1600

Quizzes - 1600

Reviews - 200

Grading and Evaluation (Summer)

Participation - 1200

Quizzes - 1200

Score Legend

A 100-90

B 89-80

C 79-70

D 69-60

F 59-0

Concert Attendance (Fall-Spring) (only when pandemic ends)

Students are required to review two concerts per semester (ideally live -- but, if necessary, online).  At least one should be by the DVC music department (if possible) and (not necessarily the same presentation) primarily of Western Classical music (band, chamber, choral, opera, orchestral). Reviews of each event will identify the concert (who, what, when, and where), and comment on salient elements. The first review will be due by mid-term; the second by the week before the final.

Reviews should have a:
Lede Sentence
Basic News Facts
Good Mechanics / Style (endeavor to avoid 1st person)
Perceptive Content

c. 300-500 words each, typed, double-spaced...

For example formats, feel free to check reviews at
The New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
21st-Century Music (

Late Assignments

There will be a 10% grade penalty on all assignments up to a week late. Assignments more than one week late will receive a failing grade. Only quizzes missed due to excused absences may be made up. Such quizzes must be made up within one week or receive a failing grade.

Attendance Policy (face-to-face classes only)

Students are expected to attend all class meetings, regardless of whether or not the instructor takes attendance. The instructor may drop students who miss more than two weeks of a term-length course. Students must contact the instructor directly to inform them of an absence. Students must notify the instructor of their absence in advance if they have conflicts due to School Functions, Government Duties, and Religious holidays. The college cannot relay such message. 

Academic Dishonesty

Diablo Valley College is committed to creating an environment where student achievement is championed and celebrated. Because the college values academic integrity as an essential component of academic excellence, students are expected to be truthful and ethical in their academic work. Commitment to academic integrity is the responsibility of every student and faculty member at Diablo Valley College. 

Artistic Borrowing

Students found borrowing, gridding, modeling, or troping will be congratulated. Please refer to the history of art, the universe, and everything.

Syllabus (Fall-Spring)

Week 1

Prehistoric Music

Week 2

Ancient Music

Week 3

Medieval Music I

Week 4

Medieval Music II

Week 5

Renaissance Music

Week 6

Baroque Music

Week 7

Classical / Romantic Music I

Week 8

Romantic Music II

Week 9

20th-Century Music I

Week 10

20th-Century Music II

Week 11

20th-Century Music III

Week 12

20th-Century Music IV

Week 13

20th-Century Music V 

Week 14

21st-Century Music

Week 15


Week 16


Syllabus (Summer)

Week 1

Prehistoric Music 
Ancient Music

Week 2

Medieval Music I
Medieval Music II

Week 3

Renaissance Music
Baroque Musicc

Week 4

Classical / Romantic Music I
Romantic Music II

Week 5
20th-Century Music I
20th-Century Music II

Week 6
20th-Century Music III
20th-Century Music IV

[for PDF of this syllabus, open page as a separate entity,
click "print", and "save as PDF"]