Music 2115: Survey of Music from Antiquity to c. 1750

Fall Semester 2012--CRN 94925
2:30-3:20 MWF-Squires Recital Salon
Prof. John R. Howell

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This page has been updated for Fall 2012. Some things are subject to change, including the number of questions on the Terms or Listening portions of the Final Exam.


Exam Schedule: You have a free choice of two exam times. No hassle. No paperwork. No special permission. Choose the time that makes your life easiest during exam week! Please note that because the Scheduled Exam Time this semeseter is very late in Exam Week, no Final Exam Essays will be accepted on that Exam time. They will be accepted at the earlier, optional Final Exam time.


Sat Dec 15

No-hassle Optional Final Exam Time:

10:00 am-noon, Squires Salon (subject to change)

Mon Dec 17

Scheduled Final Exam Time:
10:05 am - 12:05 pm, Squires Salon

I will take a poll at the last class meeting just to figure out how many to print of each verision of the Final Exam, but you can change your mind after that if you want. Take advantage of this offer to make your life easier!

What to Expect:

What to Bring:


The Final Exam is worth 20%, 25%, or 30% of your final grade, depending on the Grading Option you have contracted for. (See the Syllabus.) I do not assume that anyone will attempt to cheat, and I do not expect anyone to try to cheat, but I want to remove the temptation as much as possible. Sorry about that, but to do otherwise would not be fair to the large majority of students who do not try to cheat.

Essay Questions:(25% of your Final Exam grade each, if you choose to write them)

Select two of the questions from the list below. Prepare to write essays on those questions during the final exam. The object is for you to become expert on the two subjects of your choice.

Be as brief in each essay as possible while covering the subjects thoroughly. You may use prose with complete sentences and paragraphs, a formal outline presentation, or any combination of the two. The object is to communicate your knowledge as completely and as efficiently as possible.

Spelling counts. Use specific examples and name names, dates, places, and specific musical works when appropriate. The more facts you accurately provide and the better you have them organized, the higher you will score.

If you want to work from a memorized outline, you may write that outline in the back of your Bluebook after they have been collected and passed out at random, when the Exam begins and it is fresh in your mind. Be as complete as possible, and then stop! In the past, the best essays have been about 5-7 Bluetbook pages in length, but the content is more important than the length of the essay.

Bring two totally blank Bluebooks to the exam. They will be collected and passed out at random. Write each essay in a separate Bluebook.

Do not write your essay ahead of time and bring it to the exam. Special security measures will guard against that possibility, and you could lose all your essay points unless you listen carefully and follow the instructions exactly. It has happened to people in the past, and it is a violation of the Virginia Tech Honor Code.

The Questions:

Listening Examples: (for everyone; 50% of your Final Exam grade)

These examples are chosen from all six of the Listening CDs.

The examples will be played in approximate chronological order and always from the beginning of each Example. The answers are in multiple-choice format, just as in the Listening portion of the Unit Quizzes.


Terms Questions: (50% of your Final Exam grade, if you choose this rather than the Essays)

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