• Homework is listed the day it is assigned, to be due the following class period unless otherwise noted.
• Click the dates below to access the PDF of notes presented in class.
• OFFICE HOURS are Mondays 1–2 pm + 4–5 pm in D206 (also by appointment)
NOTE: Please use the workbook pages or MANUSCRIPT paper to complete your assignments — I will not accept assignments involving music notation on regular notebook paper.
HELPFUL HINT of the moment: Circle of Fifths
Counting and Beaming — QUIZ + ANSWERS
Seventh Chord Ear Training
FIGURED BASS — QUIZ + ANSWERS
Identifying intervals by sight — focus on thirds
DUE NOV 27: Write a cantus firmus. For the first phrase of your assignment, compose a fifth species contrapuntal line above it. For the second phrase, trade voices and write a fifth species contrapuntal line underneath your CF. Your piece should be 16-32 measures long. You will be assigned groups to perform others' pieces and will be expected to conduct the performance of your piece. YOU MUST USE MUSIC NOTATION SOFTWARE, write for the instruments assigned (don't write a flute part in bass clef, etc., transpose parts as needed) and include tempo, dynamics, articulations to make it as musical as possible.
Please bring a printed copy of your C score (no transpositions) with intervals written in to hand in to me.
GROUPS (as randomly chosen by the computer):
Elise, Julia, Ryan
Tali, Lauren, Tim
Sam, Kristin, Harrison
Olivia, Emily, KV
Faares, Adam, Rob
Ian, Tristan, Tara
Ethan, Delaney, Libby, Brandi (Ethan writes for D + L, Delaney writes for L + B, Libby writes for B + E, Brandi writes for E +D)
INDIVIDUAL MEETING TIMES: Bring a completed first draft of your project and/or any questions you have so we can go over it together (in D206). 10 minutes
OCT 13 — Seventh Chord Inversions and Figured Bass
NOV 27 — Counterpoint Project due (see above) and In-Class Performances
NOV 20 + 22 — Individual Meetings (see above)
NOV 17 — Counterpoint Review
NOV 15 — Fourth and Fifth Species — Still confused? Try reading this PDF or this website.
Homework: Handout in class.
NOV 13 — NO CLASS (Veterans Day)
NOV 10 — Second and Third Species
Homework: Handout in class. Read about 4th and 5th species for Wednesday.
NOV 8 — Cantus Firmus and First Species Counterpoint
Homework: Handout in class. Read about 2nd and 3rd species for Friday.
NOV 6 — Exam 4
Homework: Read first three pages of 16th century counterpoint handout (through Species I)
NOV 3 — Review (study guide)
NOV 1 — Musical Analysis with Diatonic Chords
Homework: Analyze the Bach Minuet No. 2 (handed out in class) with Roman numerals and figured bass. Be sure to state which key you are in for each section (G, Em, G)
OCT 30 — More Diatonic Seventh Chords
OCT 27 — Diatonic Seventh Chords in Major and Minor Keys
Homework: Exercise 4–2 A–C(wkbk pg. 33–34 —remember the leading tone appears in V7 and viiº7 in minor!)
OCT 25 — Diatonic Chords in Minor Keys
Homework: Exercise 4–1 A–D (wkbk pg. 31–32 —remember the leading tone appears in V and viiº in minor!)
OCT 23 — Diatonic Chords in Major
OCT 20 — Exam 3
Homework: Read Kostka/Payne Chapter 4 re: diatonic chords in major keys
OCT 18 — Review for Exam 3 (Study Guide)
OCT 16 — Analyzing Chords in Context
Homework: Exercise 3–4 B 2–3 (wkbk pg. 27–29). Practice figured bass with quiz/answers above.
Homework: Exercise 3–3 A–C (wkbk pg. 23–24). Practice singing arpeggios of triads and seventh chords (have a piano handy to check pitches). Read Kostka/Payne chapter 3 (focus on pg. 49-53) re: recognizing chords in various textures.
OCT 11 — Seventh Chords
Homework: Exercise 3–2 A–C (wkbk pg. 21). Read Kostka/Payne chapter 3 (focus on pg. 42–47) re: inversions, figured bass, and lead sheet symbols.
OCT 9 — NO CLASS — GO TO PRONK! (if you want)
OCT 6 — Triads
Homework: Exercise 3–1 A–D (wkbk pg. 19-20 — you should have your books by now; if not, get it from a friend). Read Kostka/Payne Chapter 3 (focus on pg. 40–42) re: building seventh chords.
OCT 4 — Exam 2
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 3 (focus on pg. 38–39) re: building triads.
OCT 2 — Review for Exam 2 (Study Guide)
Listening Identification (PDF) — listen to example 1 and example 2 to choose the correct answer from the multiple choice options. There are two rebeaming exercises at the bottom as well — add rests if needed.
Trouble accessing sound files? Try these links instead: example 1 and example 2
SEPT 29 — Compound Meters
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (focus on pg. 29–31) and Exercise 2-3 A–B + 2-4 A–B (wkbk pg.14+15)
Write rhythms in compound meters and practice counting/tapping/beaming them.
SEPT 27 — Simple Meters
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (focus on pg. 28) and Exercise 2-2 A and B (wkbk pg. 13).
Write rhythms in simple meters, practice counting them and fixing any beaming, change to different time signatures by augmentation and diminution, and practice counting/tapping them.
SEPT 25 — Rhythms/Durations
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (focus on pg. 24-27) and Exercise 2-1 A–C, (wkbk pg. 11+12).
Write rhythms and practice counting/tapping/conducting them. Keep working on sight sighting, intervals and melodies.
SEPT 22 — Exam 1
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (focus on pg. 24-27)
SEPT 20 — Review for Exam 1 (Study Guide)
SEPT 18 — Augmented/Diminished Intervals — Intervallic Inversion — Consonance and Dissonance
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 1 (review entire chapter) and Exercises 1-6 A-E (wkbk pg. 9+10). Practice singing and identifying intervals by sight and ear.
SEPT 15 — Intervals
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 1 (focus on pg. 20–23) and Exercises 1-4 and 1-5 (wkbk pg. 7+8). Practice sight-singing exercises handed out in class. More practice identifying intervals by sight. Practice identifying intervals by ear (start with only 2nds, then only 3rds, etc., then gradually increase the quantity of possible answers). (listening coming soon)
SEPT 13 — Review: Major and Minor Scales and Keys
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 1 (focus on pg. 15–19) and complete self-tests in textbook for major and minor scales if you want more practice. Practice sight-singing exercises handed out in class and memorizing key signatures.
SEPT 11 — Minor Scales and Keys
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 1 (focus on pg. 4–14) and complete Exercise 1-3 A–E (wkbk pg. 5+6). Keep memorizing your major and minor key signatures. for extra help, see this: musictheory.net (minor scales)
SEPT 8 — Major Scales and Keys
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 1 (focus on pg. 10–14) and complete Exercise 1-2 A–E (wkbk pg. 3+4)—you don't have to mark the whole and half steps in 1-2 A, just notate the scale with accidentals. If you need more help with scale construction: musictheory.net (major scales)
Memorize your major key signatures — try the self-test in the textbook if you need more practice or identifying key signatures + constructing key signatures — click the settings at top right to be sure you have all keys in play
SEPT 6 — Introductions / Syllabus / Listening
Homework: Read Kostka/Payne Chapter 1 pg. 1–23, (focus on pg. 4-10) and complete Exercise 1-1 A and B.
NB: Octave number changes when you get to the next C!
Also read "Advice to a College Music Student"