Music 2116: Survey of Music from

c. 1750 to 2010

Spring Semester 2012--Index #15012
2:30-3;20 MWF--Squires Recital Salon
Prof. John R. Howell

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Study Hints for Music 2116

 This page has been updated for Spring 2012.


Listening Assignments

  • The Course Calendar lists the Chapters as they will be covered, with the recorded examples that are keyed to and mentioned in each Chapter.
  • The examples listed for each class preparation in the Course Calendar are assignments. Examples on Unit Quizzes and the Final Exam will be chosen from those recorded examples..
  • Chapter Quizzes will be taken on the Pearson Website. These are open book quizzes designed to help you learn and may be taken more than once. I expect you to score 100%. All the Quizzes for each Unit are available throughout the semester for your review, but the scoress may be downloaded after each Unit Quiz.

Reading Assignments

  • The textbook is well organized, well written, and easy to read. (If you don't think so, you haven't tried the alternatives; I have!) The reading assignments are generally reasonable and average 10 pages for each class. Don't fall behind! The Quizzes on each Chapter are intended to help you keep up, and to prepare for the Unit Quizzes. Those who choose Grading Option 1 are welcome to take the Online Quizzes as a study help, although the scores will not count.
  • Start each Chapter by reading the Summary at the end of the Chapter. Get the technical terms used there in mind. Use the Virginia Tech Glossary of Musical Terms to make sure you understand each term. (The link is on the 2116 Home Page.) There is also a Glossary of terms in the back of the textbook.
  • Most Chapters or Units have a Timeline in the first few pages. Study that Timeline. Make sure you understand the time spans involved (which change from Chapter to Chapter). Make sure you also understand how the Timeline in each new Chapter may overlap the preceding chapters. I no longer require students to prepare and turn in timelines, but it can be a valuable study aid to start one and keep it up to date.
  • Now you're ready to start reading.
    • The Introduction to each Chapter puts it in historical perspective.
    • Each major section starts general and becomes more detailed.
    • If any section gets too detailed for you, skip to the next major section.
    • When you review for each Chapter Terms Quiz and each Unit Quiz, repeat the process.

Unit Quizzes

  • Each of the three Unit Quizzes covers a logical grouping, three or more Chapters, and they are taken in class, not on Scholar or the Pearson website.
  • There will be both Terms questions and Listening Identifications. I will ALWAYS play the Listening Examples from the beginning unless I tell you differently.
  • All Unit Quizzes are multiple choice, possibly with some matching questions, and you will enter your answers on an opscan sheet.
  • Scores for each Unit Quiz will be reported and recorded as grade percentages. In other words, even though they might have more or fewer questions, each Unit Quiz counts exactly the same, 100% for a perfect answer sheet.
  • Your scores will be emailed to the class or posted on Scholar as soon as I receive the scores from the grading office and enter them in my gradesheet.
  • Makeup sessions will be scheduled only in the case of serious problems and only when I've been informed of those problems in advance, and will be scheduled at the instructor's convenience. Don't miss Unit Quizzes!


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Reading Assignments
Listening Assignments
MUSIC 2116: SURVEY OF MUSIC FROM c. 1750 TO c. 1990
Index #13775--Spring Semester 2004--Prof. John R. Howell

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1. Terms Quizzes and Listening Quizzes for each chapter will be found on Blackboard at They will usually be available about a week before their deadlines, and it's a good idea to take them earlier rather than later because computers do crash, servers do go off line, and stuff happens.

2. Questions will be on names, terms, or information that is important, sometimes broad concepts or the names of specific styles or the characteristics of those styles.

3. Section headings or boldface type in the textbook certainly suggest questions and should be studied, but other important concepts may be asked even if not isolated in the textbook.

4. I expect you to read or listen to the assignment before taking the quizzes. I expect you to have your study materials handy when you take them. And I expect you to score 100%!

5. Anything emphasized in lectures may show up, whether it is emphasized in the textbook or not.

6. Unless the Course Calendar says otherwise, each Chapter Terms Quiz will cover the entire chapter. However, if the entire chapter hasn't been discussed in class yet, at least one of the questions will come from material that has been discussed in class.

7. Only students who choose Grading Options 2 or 3 are required to take these quizzes. Students on Option 1 are encouraged to take them to help you prepare for the next Unit Quiz, but this is not required and your scores will not count toward your final grade. Students on Option 1 who feel they might want to change Options after the Unit Quiz 1 scores are sent out should go ahead and take these Quizzes until the final decision has been made.



Note: The actual quizzes will be in multiple choice format.


Give at least one characteristic each of Style Galant, Empfindsamer Stil, and Sturm und Drang.


Give the English meaning of Empfindsamer Stil or Sturm und Drang.


Diagram the 3 parts of a piece in Sonata-Allegro Form. (3 words will do it, if they're the right words!)


In what country did Domenico Scarlatti work in the later part of his life, and for what instrument did he mostly compose music.


In what part of Europe did the Empfindsamer Stil flourish, and what composer is especially connected with it?


Name any one of the four important books about playing music that appeared starting in the 1750s, in German or English, and name the writer.


What was the largest contribution of Pietro Metastasio to 18th century music?


What were light operas, sometimes with spoken dialogue, called in either Italy, England, Germany, or Spain?




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