The Music Appreciation (semester) course introduces students to the elements, instrumentation, and historical periods of music. Students will listen to and evaluate several types of music, and identify basic musical elements. They will also analyze elements of music and compare and contrast elements in different musical genres. Students will identify key musical time periods and the characteristics of music from those periods, identify significant composers and musicians from different time periods. Students will learn to describe different instrumentations in music and develop critiques of musical pieces based on information in the course.