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Spring 2024.....Mus237: Music Appreciation- Rock and Roll CRN: 34050

This is an 18-week course. Anticipate at least 2-3 hours weekly of reading, viewing, and active listening to complete tasks for this course.  Start Date:  January 16, 2024.  End Date:  May 17, 2024

Instructor: Idona Cabrinha

Instructor:  Idona Cabrinha.B.A., M.M. Music, Piano Performance & Pedagogy, she/her/hers.  Courses taught at Cuesta: Elementary and Intermediate Piano, Music Appreciation: World Music(Mus236) and Rock and Roll (Mus237), and Music Fundamentals(Mus201) 

Communication: **Use Pronto   as a regular communication tool in this course(you may use from your device (phone/notebook application) or laptop/desktop computer. Mondays at 1pm I am available for Office hour meet me at 1p (60min) if you have questions or concerns. You may also email me via the Canvas inbox. For personal matters use 

Instructor Contact Expectations

  • Please note that Email is the best and fastest way to reach me.
  • I will generally respond within 24 hours M-F. During those times in the semester when things are really, really busy . . . the turn around time may be 48 hours.
  • I generally log off around 7pm every day and do not respond to emails on the weekends.

Course Description

Surveys the music that is unique to rock and roll. There will be emphasis on the elements of music, the instruments, form, and style. 

I am deeply and passionately committed to acknowledging, confronting, and actively striving to eradicate all forms of racism and ethnic oppression. Thus, this course operates from the belief that racism is real, is present, and is something that Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color face daily. Part of my objective for this course, therefore, is to create a safe and brave space that enables all of my students to engage openly, safely, equally, equitably, and honorably with their education. In taking this course, you are expected to do your best to embrace these values; and, while I expect that we will all make mistakes along the way, I also expect that we will work together to engage with all of our classmates and with the material through thoughtful respect of everyone and their individual truths.

SLOs student learning outcomes for Mus 237

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of music terminology of styles and instrumentation of various world regions.
    2. Listen and demonstrate knowledge of music examples from world regions.
    3. Prepare thorough analysis of world music examples within a group setting using effective music terminology and internet presentation applicable to the source.

Acceptable conduct and academic honesty: (Links to an external site.)

Text Book and Materials

There are no required book and materials for this course however you are expected to actively engage in the course by completing the readings, viewing videos and power points and actively listening to the listening examples for the class.

Supplemental Materials necessary for the class:

      • Flip Grid
      • Padlet (you have to create an account to access this site which we will use throughout the course)
      • Google Account to access google docs and slides (if you have a google email, then you have access to google slides which is used in our course)
      • Audio/Video capabilities, to record and submit for assignments
      • Zoom Account
      • Taking notes on both a hard copy notebook and/or online tools such as Diigo or Evernote is highly suggested
      • Additional Technology tools outside the LMS(learning management system – Canvas) such as You Tube.
      • Additional Supplies for Course – folder and or binder to store print out of syllabus for this course

Student Support at Cuesta *I highly encourage you to take time to visit these wonderful services at Cuesta * clickable links below. And this google doc I have created.


Disability Student Programs and Services


College Support Services*


Help and Technical Support*

  • Instructor specific instructions for troubleshooting LMS or other software issues.
  • For issues related to accessing Cuesta's Moodle Site or other technical issues, students may email:
  • Sample technical issues statement: If the Cuesta server goes down or the power is out, you are still responsible for accessing the course. 
  • For all other issues related to the course or course content, please email me.


Course and College Policies

Student Expectations

  • Online classes are available and make your education experience more convenient. However, this is not a self pace, learn on your own class. This is a 3-unit college level course taking place in a condensed 9 - week semester which is about 5-6  hours a week in lecture and homework. I have structured weeks with material for you to read, watch and interact with. I ask my students to find time in their busy schedules to log into the classroom three out of seven days a week to discuss topics related to the material being learned. This helps to answer questions, clear up confusion, and we have a chance to learn from other students experiences. The days in which you log on are up to the students and can be weekdays or weekends whichever works best for your situation.
  • *Weekly deadlines for multiple assignments (including readings, discussions and other posts) for this course *tend to be Wednesday/ Friday / Monday by 11:59pm. I realize life happens, be responsible, communicate to me if you are unable to meet a due date. Commit to a regular time throughout the week to your studies. 
  • Check pronto for weekly announcements…be sure you have pronto and an email connected to the LMS – Canvas system (Cuesta) so that you receive correspondence successfully. You can set up in canvas settings how frequently you can receive email updates.
  • You should also print out a copy of this syllabus and keep it handy for reference.
  • The course is divided into modules, Each unit will appear in the Modules section of the course. There are at least 2 modules to visit within each week and a half. To get started each week, closely review the Overview page, which lists the learning objectives and required assignments for the unit. Taking notes on both a hard copy notebook and/or online tools such as Diigo or Evernote is highly suggested. 


Netiquette and Online Course Participation*

  • Use respectful and appropriate language in your forum discussions. 
  • Please do not use texting language, lol. 
  • Emoticons are acceptable ways to show emotion.
  • Avoid CAPS as they come across like YOU'RE SCREAMING.
  • You are expected to read all forum posts.
  • You are to respond to the appropriate number of posts for each forum.
  • All messages are public, so be careful and courteous when you post.
  • Make your posts thorough and your replies as well. 
  • Complete sentences and thoughts are mandatory for forum posts. 
  • Use a person's name when you reply to their post.
  • Use email for private communication.

Discussion Requirements*

  • Be responsible to requirements for participation in discussions
  • Refer to Netiquette Policy above

Grading Policy and Assignment Expectations

 Almost WEEKLY there are approximately 50 points worth earning of assignments + quizzes.

Later in the semester there is a Group Project.

At the end of the semester is a Final Exam.

Students are responsible for meeting deadlines and due dates by staying organized and checking LMS – Canvas for this course on a regular basis.





Group Project


Final Exam



to earn


PLUS Extra Credit Opportunity

(Value 40-50pts)

Within each unit there are discussions/assignments to complete EACH week. Remember to organize your time wisely, setting aside a daily time to study and prepare for this course.


95-100 =  A    

90-94 =  A-                   

88-89 =  B+                  

83-87 =  B              

80-82 =  B-

78-79 =  C+

70-77 =  C

68-69 =  D+

63-67 =  D

60-62 =  D-

59 and lower =  F


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