|MUS 110 Basic Music Theory I||William Wieland|
Northern State University, Every Fall Semester, Sections 1 & 2|
Lecture: Administration Building Room 300 (Krikac Auditorium) — Tuesday, Thursday & Friday — 10:00 to 10:50
Lab: Section 1 — Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 175 (the Keyboard Lab) — Monday & Wednesday — 10:00 to 10:50
Section 2 — Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 175 (the Keyboard Lab) — Monday & Wednesday — 11:00 to 11:50
Instructor: Dr. William Wieland|
Office: Spafford Hall Room 304
Office Hours: Please refer to my Class Schedule.|
E-mail Address: William.Wieland@northern.edu
|Course Description: An integrated study and application of tonality, melody, harmony, texture and form, from music notation through modulation. Includes sight singing, ear training and dictation. Introduction to composition and arranging, i.e. instrument ranges, transposition, tessitura and preliminary score analysis.|
|Credit Hours: 4|
|Instructional Methods: Listening, lecture, discussion, analysis, singing, playing, composing, arranging, Internet tutorials, online drills, computer software, quizzes, speed quizzes, and a comprehensive final exam.|
|Materials: Please acquire music notation software. Several are free online. Please bring a pencil, paper, scratch paper, and staff paper to every class. (Other sizes of free staff paper can be printed from my web site. Go to Theory Things and look under Staff Paper.) You will also receive handouts.|
Online Materials: Theory Things musictheory.net Open Music Theory music theory & history online sonicFit.com teoría.com|
Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians
Free Apps: Hear that Music! for iPhones Hear that Music! for Android phones|
Other Apps: musictheory.net
Other Fine Materials: (not required)|
Ear Training Software: MacGamut 6 (www.macgamut.com)
Music Theory Texts: Benward & Saker. Music in Theory and Practice. Volume I. 9th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2014.
Burstein & Straus. Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony. W.W. Norton, 2016.
Kostka & Payne. Tonal Harmony. 7th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Objectives: (from the NASM Handbook, Section VIII. B.)|
1. c. Students must acquire the ability to read at sight with fluency.
2. a. Students must acquire an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, the ability to employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses, and the ability to take aural dictation.
2. b. Students must acquire sufficient understanding of and capability with musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge and skill in compositional, performance, analytical, scholarly, and pedagogical applications according to the requisites of their specializations.
3. Students must acquire a rudimentary capacity to create original or derivative music.
5. While synthesis is a lifetime process, by the end of undergraduate study students must be able to work on musical problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition/improvisation; and history and repertory.
Performance Standards / Grading Policies: I weigh MUS 110 grades as follows:|
|To pass MUS 110, you must|
|Score Your Quiz|
|Quizzes and Performing Evaluations: You may retake any quiz and/or performing evaluation during my office hours before 5:00 pm on the last day of the semester. However, you may only retake a particular quiz or performing evaluation once a day. I will record only the highest grades. Note: Even if you earn a good grade on the first attempt at a quiz, you may wish to take it again as a review. Most quiz material appears on the final exam.|
|Timed Quizzes: Each speed quiz lasts 2 minutes. Two will be offered at the beginning of the semester and one near the end to allow you time to practice and improve. I will keep only your highest grade. Because I offer three opportunities, I do not give make up quizzes. When you are satisfied with your grade, you may stop taking that particular quiz.|
|What is an A? An A is going beyond what is usual. Students who simply meet minimum course requirements earn Bs or Cs. An A indicates extraordinary work and a B is a good grade.|
|Attendance: Regular daily attendance is strongly recommended and is required during class exercises, activities and quizzes. Of course, those with certified and serious reasons for missing class will be accomodated. Excessive absenteeism or tardiness usually results in lower grades. Students are responsible for information missed as a result of being absent or tardy.|
|Academic Honesty: Please refer to the NSU Student Handbook.|
|Official Notices Technology in the Classroom|
|Caveat: This syllabus is subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.|