Music Fundamentals I

MUSC 140, Fall 2011 Classroom (M/W) PAC 2168 Lab (F) PAC 1108 (Midi Lab in basement.)
Section 0101: M W 11-11:50 Lab 101: F 11:11:50 Lab 102: F 10-10:50 Section 201: MW 12-12:50 Lab 201: F 12-12:50 Lab 202: F 1-1:50 Office Hours W 1:10-2:10 in the GA Bay or by Appointment. Course Description: The Fundamentals of Music Theory and Composition. Using traditional methods, available technology, and online collaboration, students will work towards the understanding of intervals, scales, rhythm, and the fundamentals of harmony. We will use our newly acquired terminology and analytical skills to study excerpts from several of the seminal works in classical music. This core knowledge will also be applied to three original composition projects during the semester. *Note* While there is no previous musical experience required for this course, the vast majority of students who take Musc140 have some level of musical experience. Therefore most of the material in the first two chapters of the textbook is assumed to be basic knowledge. Required Materials: Straus, Joseph. Elements of Music. Third Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011. You will also need manuscript paper and a pencil with a good eraser. All assignments must be completed in pencil. (Free and legal manuscript paper may be printed online. There are also affordable manuscript notebooks on sale at the campus bookstore.) Students should immediately register for Noteflight online notation software at Make sure to set your account to “open” so that other students and your instructor may view and listen to your work. Technological Resources: The majority of Friday classes will take place in the Music Technology Lab, in order that students may use the considerable technological resources available through the school of music to aid their developing musicianship. Composition assignments will be done in Noteflight, which will allow students to receive instructor and peer feedback outside of class. Students will also be introduced to various online resources which will allow them to practice their musicianship skills on their home computer.

ed . Writing Assignments: The development of strong writing skills is one of the key goals of a University education.) The final composition project will be an original work and will be performed in class by the instrumentalists in our course. students are required to attend two recitals or concerts (to be approved) during the semester and write a 1–2 page report (double spaced) for each event.= 390+ C+ = 380+ C = 360+ C. Additional information concerning the concert attendance requirement and report content will be given in a separate handout.) (Non-Negotiable!) Two Writing Assignments: 12 % (60 pts at 30 pts each. Homework: Homework assignments will be announced at the end of each class period and will randomly be collected ten times per semester for grading.) Acceptable University Concerts may be found on the Calendar of Events at: music.) 3 Composition Assignments: 26% (130 pts.) Final: 20% (100 pts.Grading: The class will be graded on a total of 500 points.= 450+ B. each paper is eligible for one such written critique during the semester. 5 weighted at 5 points each.) Homework: 16% (80 pts. Composition Projects: Students will complete three composition assignments during the semester. Many will be used for self-assessment. quizzes will be collected without previous notice in order to be graded.) Grading Scale: A+ = 480+ B+ = 440+ A = 465+ B = 420+ A. Weighted 30/50/50.= 345+ D+= 340+ D = 320+ D. The two homework assignments with the lowest grades will be dropped.) Midterm Exam: 16% (80 pts. a copy of the written critiques of their work. The second project will be done in a peer review group.) Class Participation: 5% (25 pts. Five times during the semester. and a final copy of their project. (Students will be required to hand in an original copy. Students are encouraged to write from their own cultural perspectives. weighted 10 pts each.umd. The first project will address basic melodic development. Students may submit well-developed drafts to the instructor for further critique and suggestions. There will be no make-up quizzes given outside of acceptable absences as outlined in the University handbook. The assignments will be weighted as follows: Quizzes: 5% (25 pts. No late homework assignments will be accepted unless there are acceptable extenuating circumstances involved per University policy. Homework not received is counted for “0” points.= 300+ F = 299 points and below. Quizzes: There will be regular quizzes during class. synthesizing the concepts learned in class with their own aesthetic observations. (See syllabus for final draft submission date. As such. Concert reviews should be submitted with the relevant program to prove attendance. where students will critique the work of their peers.

html Behavior: While it is generally not a problem with college students. Regardless of whether an absence is excused or not.umd. plagiarism.counseling. Any violations of this kind will be handled according to the university’s Code of Academic Integrity. or involvement in any form of academic dishonesty is a serious offense.Attendance Policy: Regular class attendance is crucial to success in this course. it is of paramount importance that you master the activities in each section. you are responsible for the material missed and. However. please visit: www. Serious or repeated violations will be reported at the instructor's discretion. Students with Special Needs/ Disabilities: Students with special needs should inform me at the beginning of the semester. you will be given the opportunity to make up a missed quiz or hand in an assignment. If your absence is defined as “excused” according to the undergraduate catalog. or illness of a dependent as defined by Board of Regents policy on family and medical leave. please feel free to make an appointment with me during my office hours.lib. in most cases. Office Hours: As Music theory is an intensely cumulative subject. it is expected that students remain respectful of their instructor and peers at all times. please inform me by e-mail as soon as possible. In order for appropriate accommodations to be made. all work must be made up in a timely manner. and compelling circumstance beyond the student’s control. participation in university activities at the request of university authorities. If ever you find yourself falling behind or in need of extra assistance. If you know you will be missing class.umd. For more The best way to reach me outside of class is by email. Academic Integrity: Cheating. the student must work with Disability Support Services (DSS) and provide the appropriate documentation. . The website for DSS is www. for any assignments due on your first day back to class. According to the University’s undergraduate catalog: It is the policy of the university to excuse the absences of students that result from the following causes: illness of the student. religious observance (where the nature of the observance prevents the student from being present during the class period). Students claiming excused absence must apply in writing and furnish documentary support for their assertion that absence resulted from one of these causes. Exams and quizzes will cover material from class as well as from the

9/23 Lab Day: Constructing melodies in minor scales. 9/07 Review of Chapter 2. 9/21 Minor Scales I.*** Week 1 8/30 Introduction 9/02 NO LAB – Classes meet at regular times in PAC 2168.) . 10/05 Review for Mid-Term Examination. Composition Project #1 Assigned. Week 2 9/05 No Class. Week 7 10/10 Seventh Chords I 10/12 Seventh Chords II. 9/14 Major Scales II. Basic Skills Quiz Week 3 9/12 Major Scales I. Triads III. 9/16 (Lab Day: Constructing melodies in major scales Major scales practice. 10/07 Mid Term Exam.) Week 6 10/03 Composition Project #1 Due. Review of Chapter 1. Week 5 9/26 Writing about music 9/28 Triads I 9/30 Lab Day: (Intervals Practice. Labor Day.) Week 4 9/19 Intervals in the Major Scale. 9/09 Lab Day: Basic Skills Practice. homework assignments and quiz dates will be announced in class. Complex Meters 10/14 (Lab Day: Practice with Seventh Chords. Triads II.MUSC 140: Tentative Course Outline (subject to change) ***Readings.

Week 10 10/31 Harmonizing a melody in major. 11/02 Harmonizing a melody in minor. 11/09 Phrase and Cadence 11/11 A day in the life of modern music. 11/04 Lab Day: Harmonization Practice. 12/07 Class Presentations II: Final Composition Projects. Roman Numeral Analysis II Adding the Subdominant Chord. peer review groups formed. 12/02 Open Lab Day – Help with final projects. Final Composition Project Assigned 11/23 No class. 11/30 Harmonizing extended melodies.Week 8 10/17 One day in the life of modern music 10/19 Roman Numeral Analysis The Tonic-Dominant I-V-I Progression. Projects presented in class. Week 11 11/07 Composition Project #2 Due. Week 9 10/24 Hearing the arc of a piece: Benjamin Zander and Chopin 10/26 Composition project 2 assigned. Week 16 12/12: Review for final FINAL EXAM (Date TBA. 11/25 THANKSGIVING BREAK. Week 14 11/28 Constructing extended chord progressions. Week 13 11/21 Voice Leading III. 11/16 Voice Leading II. 10/21 Lab Day: Roman Numeral Analysis. (Last day to hand-in papers for written feedback!) Week 12 11/14 Basics of Voice Leading. 11/18 Constructing extended chord progressions. 10/28 Lab Day: Identifying triads and seventh chords in inversion. Week 15 12/05 Class Presentations 1: Final Composition Projects. 12/09 Lab Day: Semester Review.) .

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