Music Appreciation Odyssey

Enrollment Message:

In this course students will “travel back in time” to learn some musical basics and history. In the first three units, students will learn about basics of musical ideas, notation, and instruments. In the remaining 5 units, students will learn about important musical ideas and people from the Ancient Times to the 20th Century. Students will be guided through a series of activities, lessons, and assessments that teach them to identify and think about music in a way they may not have previously thought to do. Prerequisites:None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

•   Demonstrate extensive knowledge and use of the technical vocabulary of music. (21st Century Skills: I.6, II.1)

•   Identify and describe specific musical elements and events in a given aural example, using appropriate terminology.

•   Analyze elements of music used in music of increasingly diverse genres and styles.

•   Classify by genre or style and by historical periods or culture, unfamiliar but representative aural examples of music and explain the reasoning behind their classifications.

•   Identify and explain compositional devices and techniques and their purposes, giving examples of other works that make similar uses of these devices and techniques.

•   Describe distinguishing characteristics of a repertoire of music from diverse cultures.

•   Classify by genre and style (and, if applicable, by historical period, composer, and title) a varied body of exemplary musical works.

•   Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music, representing diverse genres and cultures, by describing the uses of elements of music and expressive devices.

•   Classify by genre and style (and, if applicable, by historical period, composer, and title) a varied body of exemplary musical works and explain the characteristics that cause each work to be considered exemplary.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Introduction to Music

Unit 2: Musical Elements

Unit 3: Introduction to Musical Instruments

Unit 4: Ancient Times and the Middle Ages

Unit 5: The Renaissance and Baroque Periods

Unit 6: The Classical and Romantic Periods

Unit 7: 20th Century part 1 (1900-1960)

Unit 8: 20th Century part 2 (1960-Now)

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: None


School Level: High School
NCAA Approved: N/A - Non-Core
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 05118
MDE Endorsement Code: JX - Music Education
MMC Minimum Requirements: VPA Arts

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus