College of DuPage

Music 1104: Introduction to American Music

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is this course similar to the classroom version of Music 1004?
A: The text and CDs used for the online version of this class are the same as those used in the classroom version of Music 1104.

Q: How does this course differ from the classroom version?
A: Music 1104 integrates textbook readings and examples with musical examples on CD, and online resources to enhance the student’s listening enjoyment and ability and awareness of American music. All assignments are done on the computer and submitted electronically. The main difference is the lack of instructor lectures in the Internet version.

Q: How much time will I need to devote to the course?
A: Although this type of learning provides the great flexibility for the student, it is by no means a short cut to learning. Most successful students need at least 5 to 10 hours a week to read the text, listen to the musical examples, complete the assignments and study for quizzes.

Q: How do I register for this course?
A: You may enroll in-person at the Registration Office in SRC 2048 on the COD campus. There are several other ways to register including telephone self-registration at (630) 942-3555, mailing or faxing in your registration, or using online registration over the Internet. This information is all detailed in the latest issue of the College of DuPage Quarterly or at the Registration web page of the College of DuPage website.

Q: Do I need a password for this course? How do I log in?
A: Yes, you do need a password for the course. Before the class begins, you will receive a letter which will confirm your registration, give you a password, and provide you with details on how to log in.

Q: Where do I start Music 1104?
A: Begin by reading the Syllabus, then, log into the course following the instructions provided to you in the confirmation letter that you received. The login will take you into the Blackboard system where you can then choose the Music 1104 course. Then click on Course Information to access the course contents. From the Course Information page you can navigate to any material within the course. Once you feel that you understand the information contained in the Syllabus begin studying by clicking on Unit 1 and follow the instructions. Once you are in a unit, navigation options exist to go through the unit materials within each chapter in sequential order.

Q: When and how do I submit my homework assignments?
A: All assignments will be submitted electronically. Refer to the class calendar for deadline dates. Graded assignments will be returned electronically with comments and corrections. Your grades will be recorded in the gradebook and available for your perusal.

Q: How do I take the unit quizzes?
A: The unit quizzes will be accessed via the Internet in Blackboard. You will only be able to enter into the quiz one time. You should not use your textbook for the quiz. After answering the quiz questions you may submit your answers. You will then receive an electronic acknowledgement that your quiz answers have

Q: What are the unit quizzes like?
A: The quizzes are objective and test your knowledge of the Unit material.

Q: If I do poorly on the exam, may I take it over?
A: No.

Q: Is extra credit available?
A: No.

Q: What format is required for the research paper?
A: The research paper should be in MLA format. A guide to MLA citing is included in the Course Content section of the course.

Q: Will you "take off" for grammar and spelling?
A: Without question. Writing "across the curriculum" is part of the mission at College of DuPage. Poor proofreading and poor grammar will result in a lower grade.

Q: What kind of concerts can I go to?
A: No high school or middle school concerts. College level or professional concerts only.

Musicals, blues and jazz clubs, rock concerts, etc. abound in a major metropolitan area like Chicago.

For classical music of American composers (not the easiest to find!), this includes the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, smaller orchestras around the area including COD’s New Philharmonic Orchestra and DuPage Opera Theatre and concerts and recitals at the numerous music schools and conservatories in the Chicagoland metropolitan area.

Q: Where do I find out information about concerts?
A: The Friday section of the Chicago Tribune has a long list of classical, jazz and commercial events each week. Web sites like and web-sites for various performing organizations will also provide a schedule of events.

Q: How can I control the audio provided in the online material?
A: When you click on an audio file within the Blackboard course material for the first time the Windows Media Player program will start up to play the audio file. The program may appear on top of your desktop over the Blackboard course material or it may not appear at all (the window will be under the Blackboard window on your desktop). In both situations you will see that the task bar (Windows systems) (usually on the bottom of your screen) will indicate that the RealPlayer is running. If the Windows Media Player is running in the background (i.e. not displayed on the desk top) then click on the Windows Media Player tab in the task bar to bring it up on the desktop.

Windows Media Player screenshot

The Windows Media Player program should look like the example above. At the top is the tool bar, the right side may show a file list as seen above. The transport controls are found at the bottom of the page, in the middle. The transport controls the playback of the audio file. From left to right the controls are: Shuffle, Repeat Play, Stop, Rewind (left pointing double arrow) Play, Fast Forward (right pointing double arrow), Mute and Volume Control. The Audio File Position Indicator is found above the transport. Note: by placing your cursor over a control, the name of the control will appear after about one to two seconds if the control is a valid function at that time.

When you click on the audio file in the Blackboard course materials, the file will load into the Windows Media Player and begin to play automatically (usually after three to eight seconds.) For files that contain multiple clips you may have to open the drop down menu to click on each clip or use the clip navigation to the right of the drop down list to hear each clip. The file will remain loaded in the Real Player, even after it has been played, so you can return to it as often as you like until the next file has been loaded. You can control the audio file by using the controls on the tool bar. This will enable you to pause after a word or phrase has been completed so that you can repeat it. The forward and reverse arrows can be used to locate the word or phrase of interest within the audio clip. By clicking and dragging on the File Position Indicator, you can move quickly around within the audio file. By practicing you will quickly learn how to use Windows Media Player for your studies.

Q: What are the hardware and software requirements for taking this course online?

A: Check out the recommendations here:

Q: Where can I go to get technical help for this course?
A: If you are having trouble logging in or finding your course, visit the COD Blackboard Resources website.

Q: How do I contact my instructor if I have questions about the course material?
A: Refer to the Syllabus for information about your Instructor's office hours. If your Instructor is not presently in the office, leave a message on their voice mail. Also, Instructor contact can be made via the Instructor's e-mail address. Messages from the instructor will be sent to the student's COD email address.