Theory III

Course Details

Course Number: MUSC 2603  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Fain Hall

Classroom Number: C117A

Days & Times:

MUSC 1613 Music Theory III

Spring 2014

 

Course Number:             MUSC 1613 Music Theory II

Section Number:           101

Location:                        FA C117 A

Class Time:                    10:00-10:50 AM

Instructor:                     Dr. Tim Justus                           397-4502

                                       timothy.justus@mwsu.edu          FA C117F

Course Description:

MUSC 2603, Music Theory III is a continuation of Music Theory II, and constitutes a study of the fundamentals of pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony and form in the context of the tonal music of the common practice period of the 18th and 19th centuries. Activities include practice in writing this style, and analysis of selected pieces. In combination with Sight Singing and Ear Training, this course forms the essential foundation for continued study of music at all levels.

Course Objectives:

Continued understanding of the structure of the music of the 18th and 19th century as related to melody, chord progression, and voice leading, and practice in writing short exercises in the style.

 

Textbook:

Jones, Thaddeus. Music Theory. Harper-Collins.

 

Other Materials Needed:

Manuscript paper template will be provided, soft lead pencils, or mechanical pencil, ruler, and other music manuscript preparation materials, 3-ring binder for handout and supplemental material. (All work will be done in pencil. Specific assignments may be accomplished on Finale®.) 

 

Course Evaluation:

          Instruction:

Instruction will take place in the form of lecture, analysis, in-class performance and exercises, assigned textbook reading assignments, out of class work, handouts, discussion and computer assisted learning and composition.

 

Grading Scale

90-100-A

80-89-B

70-79-C

60-69-D

59- F

33%   Class work/class participation

Classwork assignments will be done in and out of class, usually graded in class and submitted.

 

33%   Quizzes

Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Quizzes may not be made up.

 

33%   Exams

Exams will be given over announced topics and graded on a 100 point scale. At least one week notice will be given prior to exams. Missing an exam day is highly discouraged. Make up exams are given at the convenience of the instructor. 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, no exceptions. Travel or flight plans, work, concerts, lessons etc., are not valid excuses.

 

Sequence for course work:

Because the course content is delivered based on the learning pace of the class it is not possible to determine a specific day that a topic will be covered or an exam given. The general sequence will be:

  1. Background text reading, presentation of topic material and practice classwork
  2. Additional practice classwork if needed
  3. Quiz
  4. Exam

Student Honor Creed:

 

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

 

Attendance:

Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of learning the material. 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 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.

 

Special Needs:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Privacy Statement:

Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professors’ general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.

 

Academic Dishonesty:

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, or call 397-4131.

 

Music Theory Rubric

 

 

Very Good
91-100 pts

Good
 81-90 pts

Fair
70-80 pts

Poor
61-70

 

 

Excellent

 

Good

 

Fair

 

Poor

 

 

 

Music Notation/

Manuscript

Music manuscript is very neat and all required elements are included: Clef Sign, Time and Key Signature correct.  All notes are written neatly using proper barline placement.

Music manuscript is neat. Two or less of the required elements are missing from the musical score.

Most notes are written clearly using the proper barline placement.

Music manuscript is legible. Three to four of the required elements are missing from the musical score.

Notes are written clearly, but barline placement is often incorrect

Music manuscript is illegible and many of the required musical score elements are missing. Notes are written in a sloppy and illegible manner

Poor

 

Meter and Rhythm

Excellent

All measures have the correct beats and a variety of rhythms are used.

Good

85% of measures have the correct beats and a variety of rhythms are used.

Fair

70% of the measures have the correct of beats.

Poor

Under half of the measure have the correct beats. Composition needs to be edited and resubmitted.

 

 

Harmony

Excellent

Triads/chords correctly spelled with proper doubling, spacing, proper inversions, correct figured bass notation

Good

Triads and other chords correctly spelled at least 90% with correct doublings, spacing, inversions and figured bass.

Fair

Triads and other chords correctly spelled at least 80% with correct doublings, spacing, inversions and figured bass. .

Poor 

Triads and other chords incorrectly spelled at least 30% with correct doublings, spacing, inversions and figured bass.

 

 

Overall Impression

Excellent

The composition was in the style, clean/easy to read, and included all required elements.

Good

The composition was somewhat in the style and legible. Most of the required elements were included.

Fair

The composition was very basic and somewhat in the style to read. At least half of the required elements were included.

Poor 

The composition was not complete, and very difficult to read. Under half of the required elements were included.

 

 

Roman Numeral Chord Progression

Excellent

Assignment contains 100% accurate figured bass notation and proper chord progression/movement according to instruction and the common practice style

Good

Assignment contains 90% accurate figured bass notation and proper chord progression/movement according to instruction and the common practice style

Fair

Assignment contains 80% accurate figured bass notation and proper chord progression/movement according to instruction and the common practice style 

Poor 

Assignment contains 50% accurate figured bass notation or less and 50% proper chord progression/ movement according to instruction and the common practice style

 

 

               

 



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Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

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, or call 397-4131.