This class is an introductory course designed to equip music majors with essential fundamentals in music theory. It is also open to non-music majors who seek an introductory course in music theory for their fine arts credit as space permits.
learning goals and the "Course Requirements" for this course are:
1. Identify, read and use notation in treble and bass cleffs with ease; understand basic notational practice, and be familiar with the C cleffs.
2. Be familiar with basic acoustics and the physical properties of music, including identification of the overtone series to the 8th partial (7th overtone) using any pitch as the fundamental.
3. Construct all major and minor scales and be able to identify and write intervals
4. Identify and write the four qualities of a triad in all inversions
5. Identify and be able to write the 4 qualities of a triad in all inversions. Aurally identify the four qualities of a triad in root position.
6. Understand and identify simple and compound meter, including the correct use of beams within subdivisions and be able to provide the meter and bar lines to a given rhythmic pattern.
Approximately 10 exams will be given during the course of the semester along with a final exam. Grading will be based on these exams, homework (as assigned), class participation, as well as the final exam
Written work at home and on the board as well as in-class demonstrative teaching may be required of all students!
Approximately 7-10 exams will be given over the course of the semester. Pop quizzes may also be given and may count as extra credit. All exams are averaged with 90-100 =A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; below 60 is an F. Failed exams may be retaken with a grade reduction of 10 points.
The final grade will be based on exams, homework (when assigned), and class participation.
"Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled" (Student Handbook, p ). You will not do well if you miss class and therefore any and all absences are discouraged in this class.
After 9:10, you will be considered tardy; the third time that you are tardy will count as one absence. After 9:20, you will be considered absent. After exceeding 6 absences (two weeks of class), you will have earned an F in the course. Absences due to documented illness or university business will be considered excused. Use of an electronic device, including cell phones, or any disruptive behavior during class will count as an absence. If you have two or less absences over the entire semester, your lowest exam grade will be dropped.
No personal electronic devices may be used during class. Set your cell phones on silent or vibrate!.
A student may be dropped from the course or the university for submitting any work for a grade which is not the student's own as well as for persistent class disruption or for the use or view of personal electronic devices during an exam.
Federal law prohibits faculty from releasing or discussing academic information to anyone except university academic or administrative offices. In this class, no information regarding your grades, exams, or confidential matters will be released to friends or family members without your written consent. Thus, friends may not pick up your exam in your absence. Absences are not personal or confidential matters and as public information are excluded from privacy laws.
Special Needs Statement:
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in the event that the building must be evacuated, please register with Disability Support Services and make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.
The instructor reserves the right to adjust or to cancel assignments as the semester progresses.