MUS120
MUSIC THEORY & SIGHT SINGING I

Fall 2017

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!
• 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

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
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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 18Augmented/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"

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COURSE RESOURCES

•Textbook: Stefan Kostka/Dorothy Payne/Byron Almén Tonal Harmony 7th edition + workbook
•Syllabus (PDF)

•Toby Rush—Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People (PDF)
David Damschroder — Listen and Sing
•Advice to a College Music Student
Manuscript Paper
Interval Reference Songs
Even More Interval Reference Songs
Circle of Fifths

APPS / ONLINE RESOURCES

•Tenuto / music theory.net
•Blob Chorus

Mussar Method (podcast — mostly intervals)

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IMPORTANT DATES

• SEPT 6 — Fall 2017 classes begin

• SEPT 22 — EXAM 1

• OCT 4 — EXAM 2

• OCT 9 — NO CLASS — GO TO PRONK!

• OCT 20 — EXAM 3

• NOV 6 — EXAM 4

• NOV 13 — VETERANS DAY — NO CLASS

• NOV 20 + 22 — INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS (times TBD)

• NOV 24 — THANKSGIVING — NO CLASS

• NOV 27 + 29 — COUNTERPOINT PROJECT PERFORMANCES (score due 11/28)

• FINAL EXAM TIMES: Friday, Dec. 15 at 8–11 am (9 am) • Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 8–11 am (10 am)