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Important Reminders

Reminder Of The Things You Need To Know
Before Starting
On Music Appreciation
at Austin Peay State University

Getting Started
CD-ROM Setup
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Minimum Software Requirements
Course Description and Goals
Information for AOL users
Email Account
Internet Service Providers
Course Format
Evaluation and Grading
Student Manual
Technical Support
Remember To Do These Things


By now, you have registered your CD-ROM Serial number and successfully accessed the course. Please take a moment to read and follow these instructions BEFORE you get started.

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All the multimedia resources for the course—music, graphics, and video—are in the two course CD-ROMs. Please make sure that the correct CD-ROM is in the CD-ROM drive, and that the CD-ROM SetUp is done properly. Otherwise, you will not be able to listen to music, see pictures, or watch video clips in the course pages.

Please follow the step-by-step instructions below to do the CD-ROM SetUp. Then check for Necessary Software.

PC UsersMacintosh Users
  • Insert the course CD1 (labeled OnMusic1) in the CD-ROM drive.
  • Insert the course CD1 (labeled OnMusic1) in the CD-ROM drive.
  • Find your computer CD-ROM drive letter by double clicking My Computer on the desktop. Look for the CD icon with the words OnMusic1, and make note of the letter in parenthesis that comes right after them. That is your CD-ROM letter.
  • Find the CD-ROM volume name by looking at the CD icon on the desktop
In the Windows Drive field, type the CD-ROM drive letter you just found. Please make sure the Macintosh field is empty.In the Macintosh field, type the CD volume name (OnMusic1 or OnMusic2). Please make sure the Windows field is empty.
  • Click Set Up
  • Click Set Up
  • Please remember to do this each time you change the computer from which you are accessing the course. Different computers may have different CD-ROM drive letters.
  • Please remember to do CD-ROM Set Up every time you change course CD-ROM.

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  • PC or Macintosh Computer at 120 Mhz (or faster)
  • Monitor Color Settings for Thousands of Colors (or higher)
  • 128 Megabytes RAM (or more)
  • 16-bit PC Sound Card or Built In Sound for Macintosh Computer, and speakers
  • 16x CD-ROM Drive (or faster)

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To run this course successfully, you will need the following free software installed in your computer. Please feel free to install them directly from the links below.

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If AOL is the only way you have to connect to the Internet, please follow the instructions below to access your course. For further information, you can refer to your Student Manual:

  • Connect to the Internet using AOL
  • Minimize the AOL browser
  • Launch the Internet Explorer 5.0 or above browser
  • Type the course URL: to access the course
  • Please do not hesitate to email us at if you need additional assistance.


Music is art as well as science. To be able to comprehend it to the fullest we must, therefore, be able to appreciate both its emotional and intellectual content.

The aim of this course is very simple: To provide you with the tools for a basic understanding of music. It will not make you a musician or teach you how to write music. It will, however, give you the necessary background to understand what is going on technically when you are listening to music, so that your experience is not limited to a wash of sound that produces a certain feeling.

The course will concentrate on a) The development of an attentive style of listening, b) The introduction and systematic study of the building blocks of music, and c) Enhancing awareness of the main musical styles of selected western and non-western cultures.

OnMusic © 1998, 2003 Copyright is the property of Connect For Education, LLC.
This copyrighted material is placed on the Web for purposes of education and research in a non-profit setting and limited to the students enrolled in OnMusic Appreciation at your school.
All other rights reserved.

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You must have an email address prior to starting the class. Your email address is established when you sign up with an Internet Service Provider. Check with your ISP if you do not know what your email address is. If you already have an email account, you may use this address for this online course. Remember that you will need an ISP to access classes off-campus.

Note: You will need your own email account to participate in the course. You will not be able to use accounts belonging to other students because of the confusion this causes.

FREE email: You can get a free email account through one of the many providers that offer this service nowadays. For a complete listing, consult the Free Email Address Directory.

The next two sections give you another couple options to establish an email account.

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If you are planning on viewing your online course from home, you'll need to obtain internet access through a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Note: It's very important that you sign up with a service provider as soon as possible. Set up time may take as long as 2-3 weeks and you will need to have a fully operational account before the course starts in full force.

The Comprehensive List of Internet Service Providers gives you many options for choosing an Internet Service Provider.

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OnMusic Appreciation is offered using the incredible resources of the World Wide Web (WWW) for learning purposes. This format has challenged many traditionally held assumptions about teaching and learning. I will not go into the many ways this has happened. I will, rather, let this exciting adventure unfold and reveal its lessons to all of you.

There will be no lectures in this course. Actually, we will be at the opposite pole of the lecture paradigm. In this course, you are expected to communicate constantly with your classmates via electronic mail and Discussion Forums, and to cooperatively learn concepts, solve problems, and complete projects. This will be a major component of the learning experience.

This is a fully paperless class. All course materials, including the musical examples on CD-ROM, will be accessed electronically. Electronic mail (e-mail) and Discussion Forums will be the main source of information and interaction among us.

However, you must be fully conscious that despite its present state of sophistication, computer technology is, for many reasons, quite immature. Expect to encounter many hurdles along the way. Don't be frustrated by them. Learn from your shortcomings and those of the technologies that we will be using.

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37 Quizzes37%
4 Assignments12%
Concert Report5%
Mid-term exam23%
Final exam23%


A fixed grade scale is used, so that it is possible for everyone to do well.

A..............  90-100%
B..............  80-89.99%
C..............  70-79.99%
D..............  60-69.99%
F..............  below 60%

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For detailed technical instructions and course navigation tips, please download the OnMusic Student Manual.

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You will find most of the answers to your technical support questions in our Technical Support Page. However, please feel free to email us for your technical support needs at Please refer all of your course instructional questions to your course instructor.

The course student manual can be accessed and downloaded from our documentation page.

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Now That You Are Inside The Course, Remember To Do These Things

Please make sure to listen carefully to all the music examples. These constitute the core of your learning experience in the course.

Please click on the Tracking icon whenever you are done with a class. You will find the tracking icon at the bottom of most pages.

Finally, it is very important that every time you finish a work session you click the Logout icon at the top of the screen. You can also click Logout on the fifth column of your student Control Panel at the bottom of each screen.

Have fun!

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