The University of Vermont MU 009 Music Theory Fundamentals Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs.

, 10:30 AM-12:15 PM Southwick 202 Summer 2009 (May 18-June 26)

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Julien Office: Music Bldg., A316 Phone: (802) 656-7760 E-mail: Office Hours: Mon./Wed. 1:00-2:00 PM; other times by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION Fundamentals of music notation, rhythm, melody, scales, and harmony. A course for non-majors or for students preparing to enter MU 109 (Harmony and Form I). May not be counted toward the major or minor. GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES The student will understand essential musical concepts involving pitch, rhythm and meter, notation, major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, dominant seventh chords, and following a musical ‘road map’. The student will be able to analyze simple music. REQUIRED MATERIALS (Available at the UVM Bookstore) 1) Textbook: Straus, Joseph N. Elements of Music, 2nd ed. with CD. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008. 2) Manuscript paper, 8½ x 11 3) Sharpened pencils with good erasers (no pens, please) ATTENDANCE POLICY Regular attendance is expected, not because failure to attend class will necessarily result in a poor overall grade, but because the goals of higher education (which extend beyond grade point averages) are achieved through a dialogue that exists when students and teachers have made the commitment to participate. Students are expected to be on time to class. GRADING Grading for the course is based on timely completion of all course requirements. Serious and high quality work is expected at all times. The final grade is calculated as follows: Homework assignments (including concert report*) …….…... 30% of course grade Quizzes ………………………………………….……………. 10% of course grade Exams (3) …….………………………………………….…… each 20% of the course grade *to be handed in with the printed program of the concert


Timed quizzes (some prepared, some unannounced) will be given to help reinforce appropriate goals. No makeup quizzes will be given. Homework assignments will be given to help you study topics in more depth. These will consist mainly of exercises in the textbook, mini-compositions, and test-like pages that address the important concepts. Homework assignments designated to be handed in will only be accepted if they are done in pencil. Assignments will not be accepted for full credit after the due date. 10 points will be subtracted from the grade for each class day an assignment is late. The concert report assignment necessitates attendance at one of the following types of musical performances: Concert of tonal music; Concert of 20th-century music; Performance of nonWestern music. Recommended performances will be announced in class, but students must take responsibility for selecting events that match the categories above (please see instructor, in advance, for approval if you are uncertain about whether an event of your choice will fulfill the requirement). GENERAL POLICY I am available to help you. I welcome office-hour meetings, and phone or e-mail discussions about course materials. Be sure that you first attempt to solve a problem or understand a concept on your own so that our work together will be from a mutually-involved standpoint.

SCHEDULE (Subject to change) Week 1 Introductions, Syllabus, Pitch (the staff and piano keyboard) Pitch (clefs, accidentals, semitones) Rhythm and Meter Week 2 Rhythm and Meter Exam 1 (Thursday, May 28) Week 3 Major scales Major keys and key signatures Minor scales Week 4 Minor keys and key signatures Musical road map, analysis Exam 2 (Thursday, June 11) Week 5 Intervals Triads


Week 6 Triads, Dominant seventh chords Analysis, review Final Exam 3 (Thursday, June 25)

All members of the university community are expected to exhibit honesty and competence in their academic work. The University of Vermont Code of Academic Integrity can be found online at: Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.


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