SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

  • Music 101: Organized text and articles, mostly from Wikipedia. Covers the Medieval and Renaissance, Baroque, Classical Genres, Classical Forms, Classical Composers, Early Romantic Era, Romantic Opera, Late Romantic Era, 20th Century: Impressionism, Expressionism, and Twelve-Tone, 20th Century: Introduction to Primitivism, Nationalism, and Neoclassicism, 20th Century: Aleatoric, Electronic, and Minimalist Music.
  • Music Appreciation: Course with content mostly from Wikipedia, organized around composers, songs, and sample videos of their music. This course is an exposition of the philosophy, principles, and materials of music from the Baroque Period to contemporary period with illustrative examples from the Baroque Period, Classical Period, Romantic Period, Contemporary Classical Music and Popular Music.
  • Music Appreciation 1: Course covering melody, harmony, scales, rhythm and meter, textures and forms, tempo and dynamics, classification of human voices, musical instrument families, musical ensembles, attending concerts, and time periods of music from the middle ages through classical music.
  • Exploring Movie Construction and Production: an Open SUNY Textbook

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Arts and Music courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Title Source License  Notes
Open Music Theory Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing CC BY SA
  • “open-source, interactive, online ‘text’book for college-level music theory courses”
Music 101: Introduction to Music Saylor Mostly CC BY, but varies
  • full course
The Basic Elements of Music OpenStax CNX CC BY
  • “time elements,” “pitch elements,” and “combining time and pitch”
Sound Reasoning OpenStax CNX CC BY
  • textbook on listening. Requires Flash
IMSLP International Music Score Library Project Public Domain & CC BY SA
  • collection of sheet music, biographical, and historical information
MusOpen MusOpen varies by item
  • Sheet music, radio, and music education materials Internet Archive primarily Public Domain, but varies
A Quick and Dirty Guide to Art, Music, and Culture The Ohio State University CC BY
  • guidebook to web resources for artists’ and musicians’ biographies
Music Appreciation: Its Language, History, and Culture Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music CC BY SA
  • “Introduction to works representative of a variety of music traditions. These include the repertoires of Western Europe from the Middle Ages through the present; of the United States, including art music, jazz, folk, rock, musical theater; and from at least two non-Western world areas.”

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.