Music Appreciation is a tour through the world of music from Medieval chant to rock.
Students begin by studying the elements of music (sound, harmony, melody, rhythm, form, etc.) and build a comprehensive vocabulary with which to understand and evaluate musical expression. After this introduction, six historical periods of music are presented: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern/Contemporary. Students learn to match composers of various periods with particular styles and characteristics. Composers are presented within the context of their era, including a study of how social, political, and economic factors influenced their writing.
The 28 Web lectures are embedded with over 160 audio and video examples. There are film and book recommendations and links to other resources on the Web. The course also features a weekly chat and a library of quizzes that you can use to test yourself and prepare for exams.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Arts/Humanities (Category 3B) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Arts and Expression (GT-AH1).
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Music Appreciation: Listening E-Book*
*Book is optional, but recommended.
Adam A. Torres has served on the faculty of Colorado State University since Fall 2011 and specializes in online curriculum for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Torres additionally serves CSU as the coordinator for the Summer Master of Music in Music Education Program, Conducting Emphasis and as the producer of the Annual Holiday Spectacular Concert. Other appointments include principal conductor, Loveland Opera Theatre; assistant conductor, Denver Young Artists Orchestra and Fort Collins Symphony; acting principal keyboard, Cheyenne Symphony; and music director, Zion Lutheran Church of Loveland.
Torres has appeared as a pianist, conductor, and clinician with numerous ensembles, including the Colorado State University Orchestras, the CSU Ralph Opera Center, Chamber Orchestra of the Rockies, Agnes Scott College Orchestra, Alpharetta Symphony, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Bas Bleu Theatre, and Opera Orvieto (Orvieto, Italy). He has also worked as a narrator in many performances and has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and Lakewood Symphony in this capacity. Adam also maintains a small studio of private piano students, and works as a clinician for public school bands and orchestras throughout Colorado.