Independent Study in Music
Course DetailsCourse Number: MUSC 4963 Section Number: 101
Location: Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number: C117F
Days & Times:
MUSC 4963 Independent Study
Special Topics in Music Theory
Course Number: MUSC 4963 Independent Study in Music
Section Number: 101
Location: FA C117 A
Class Time: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Tim Justus FA C117F
MUSC 3632 Special Topics in Music Theory is a survey of aspects of music theory from the late Classical Period through the late Romantic Period including chromaticism, remote modulation and expanded tonicization, and analysis of specific works using these theoretical technics.
Completion of the course will result an increased understanding of the techniques of chromaticism and modulation in use in the late 19th century.
No textbook required. Text and instructional material will be provided by instructor.
Instruction will take place in the form of lecture, analysis, assigned reading/listening, class work, discussion, exams, quizzes and analysis assignments..
25% Class work/ class participation
Discussion of reading assignments will be done in class in preparation for analysis assignments.
Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Quizzes may not be made up.
Exams maybe 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
Student Honor Creed:
As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."
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.
Excused absences include:
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Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Please review the University Honor Code. Any offense is reported to the MSU and the MSU Department of Education.
Writing Proficiency Requirement:
All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr