MWF 9 am
This class is designed to provide music majors with essential fundamentals in theory. It is also open to non-music majors who seek an introductory course in music theory as space permits.
Very focused and detailed learning expectations are clearly outlined in the overview preceding each module (chapter). In general, a working knowledge of pitch notation, scales, intervals, rhythm and meter, melody characteristics and writing, introduction to two-voice counterpoint, triads, inversions, figured bass, four part chords, harmonic analysis, seventh chords, phrases, cadences, connecting chords is required as well as additional information, time permitting.
The text, etheory by Dr. Steven Laitz, is only available online. Please note that this is required and that assigned exercises in the text from your own download may be required. It can be purchased at http://www.eastmantheory.com. After logging on, follow these instructions:
1. Click "Add to cart"
2. Click "checkout"
3. Enter coupon code mwsu13s. This will change your registration fee to $67 rather than the normal price of $87.
4. Complete billing information with name and address to create your account
5. Click "Place order"
After checkout, access etheory from "My Account Page."
Keep a copy of all information that you used to set up your account---such as logon passwords. In order to receive credit for any online work, you must turn in a copy of the receipt with your first assignment.
It is the university's policy that every hour spent in class should necessitate three hours of work spent outside of class. Theory I is a three hour course, thus weekly expectations are nine hours of work outside of class per week. Five or less hours per week may make it very difficult for you to earn anything above a C (or less) in the class.
Approximately 9-10 exams will be given over the course of the semester in addition to a final. The material for each exam will be taken from the online text, class assignments and lectures. While there may be a few literal duplications of exam questions from etheory used on a class exam, it is to be understood that these duplications are not my work but the work of the author, Dr. Laitz. Most exams will be announced however there may be pop quizzes given at any time.
The final exam will be on Monday, December 9 from 8- 10:00 am.
Grading will be based on exams, homework, and class participation . The weighted distribution for each will be:
Module (Unit) exams 60% of your final grade
Final exam 20% of your final grade
Homework completed when due 15% of your final grade
Class participation 05% of your final grade
All exercises and exams must be turned in during face-to-face class
Late assignments and exams, if accepted, will have 10% docked from the grade after two days; 20% after a week; and will not be accepted at all after that unless a extreme personal or medical emergency exists which prevents a student from making up the assignment/exam promptly.
You are expected to be at every class and class begins at 9:00. 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 a failing grade 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 a maximum of two absences over the entire semester, your lowest exam grade will be dropped when final grades are averaged.
Besides absences in excess of 6, a student can be dropped or earn an F in the course for submitting any work for a grade which is not the student’s own, class disruption, and/or the use or view of cell phones or electronic devices during exams. Please see additional comments under academic dishonesty.
While not everyone will make an A in the course, I expect everyone in the class to thoroughly understand the material. At various times, there will be some who might have difficulty in the course and, if this happens to you, I expect you to meet with me and/or to discuss the problem with your advisor or the department head, Dr. Justus. Be advised that there are tutors who are available for additional help if needed.
Federal Privacy laws prohibit faculty from releasing information about a student’s academic progress to other students or to those outside the university. In this class, no information regarding your grades, exams, or confidential matters can be released to friends or relatives.
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 the Disability Support Services and make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.
Submitting any work which is not the student’s own, including but not limited to plagiarism; using or permitting others to use unauthorized materials during exams; copying, providing, receiving or using exam questions from other students during exams; sharing all copyrighted material (especially downloads) by any means at any time without authorization; or viewing or using any electronic devices during exams will be grounds for an F in the course. Please note that copyrights are protected by federal law and that you may be held liable for criminal and civil prosecution outside of this university for reproducing copyrighted material without permission from the copyright owner.
A student may be dropped from the course and/or assigned an F in this course if their classroom behavior, including talking, is disruptive.
The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses.
In that I am not too swift in responding to voice mail, thank you for leaving messages only by email and avoiding voice mail altogether.
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