Completion of the course will result in an understanding of the structure of the musical formal processes used during the common practice period of music.
James R. Mathes. The Analysis of Musical Form
Instruction will take place in the form of lecture, analysis, assigned textbook reading assignments, out of class work, handouts and discussion.
25% Class work and homework, class participation
Homework will be assigned following most class periods and due at the next class meeting, unless otherwise stipulated. All homework is due for the date assigned at the beginning of class. Late homework will be accepted only with excuse for a documented illness or family emergency. Assignments may be turned in early if it is known that a class will be missed.
Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Quizzes may not be made up.
Exams will be given over significant topics after sufficient class explanation and practice. At least a week notice will be given prior to exams. Missing an exam is highly discouraged. Make up exams are given at the convenience of the instructor. Exam types will also include special short composition projects designed to illustrate and provide practice in specific concepts. These “take home” exams will be graded as regular exams. All exams will be taken in pencil. The final exam will not be weighted any heavier than other exams, but will however be cumulative, due to the nature of the course content. The final exam will be given during the final exam period. The final exam may not be made up. There will be no exceptions. Travel or flight plans, work, concerts, lessons etc., are not valid excuses.
25% Analysis Project Assignments
Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in loss of work, missed tests, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count 10% of the total grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.
Absences will have consequences.
· Individuals missing 10% of class may be denied the option for makeup exams or homework, even for missing a test with an excuse.
· In borderline grade cases, attendance will be considered a factor, for or against.
Excused absences include:
· Attendance at authorized off-campus activities or functions.
· Confinement to a university or other health facility when a written excuse is provided.
· Absences incurred due to illness, documented by a doctor’s excuse. Exams and class-work missed during a period of excused absence must be made up the week following the absence.