MUS120
MUSIC THEORY & SIGHT SINGING I

Fall 2016

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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 Monday and Wednesday from 1–1:50 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.

EXTRA PRACTICE
COUNTING and BEAMING — QUIZ + ANSWERS
FIGURED BASS — QUIZ + ANSWERS

COUNTERPOINT ASSIGNMENT (due November 28)
Write a cantus firmus and 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 (group of 4 will have the other person conducting your piece). YOU MUST USE MUSIC NOTATION SOFTWARE (Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, MuseScore), write for the instruments assigned (don't write a flute part in bass clef, transpose as needed, etc.) and include tempo, dynamics, articulations to make it as musical as possible.

Be prepared to perform your compositions in class 11/28 (and 11/30 if overflow)... Please print a C score (in concert pitch) with intervals marked to turn in to me.

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Monday, DEC 19 — 8–11 am: FINAL EXAM (10 am section)
Friday, DEC 16 — 8–11 am: FINAL EXAM (9 am section)

DEC 12 — Review for Final Exam
(study guide packet)
Answers: Quiz 1Quiz 2Quiz 3Quiz 4Quiz 5 • Analysis

DEC 7 — Parallel Motion
Homework:
Exercise 5–3 A–D (wkbk pg. 39–40)

DEC 5 — Chord Voicing
Homework:
Exercise 5–2 A–D (wkbk pg. 37–38)

DEC 2 — The Melodic Line
Homework:
Exercise 5–1 A+B (wkbk pg. 35–36) — Please type or write legibly your prose answers.

NOV 30 — Sight Singing / Ear Training Intensive
Homework: Read Kostka/Payne Chapter 5 (pg. 66–80)

NOV 28 — In-class counterpoint performances

NOV 21 + 23 — Individual Meetings (D206)
Try to complete as much of your individual project as possible before this meeting so we can discuss details.

NOV 18 — Counterpoint Review (and Free Counterpoint)


NOV 16 — Fourth and Fifth Species Counterpoint
Homework: Complete the worksheet distributed in class. Be sure to label all melodic and harmonic intervals.

NOV 14 — Second and Third Species Counterpoint
Homework:
Complete the worksheet distributed in class. Be sure to label all melodic and harmonic intervals.

NOV 9 — Cantus Firmus and First Species Counterpoint

Homework:
Complete the worksheet distributed in class. Be sure to label all melodic and harmonic intervals.
More rules/explanation here — this list is far more restrictive re: style guidelines and might be more helpful once you get the hang of it.

NOV 7 — Exam 4
Homework: Read first three pages of 16th century counterpoint handout (through Species I)

NOV 4 — Review for Exam 4 (study guide)

NOV 2 —
Diatonic Seventh Chords in Minor Keys
Homework:
Exercise 4–2 A–C (wkbk pg. 33–34 — remember the leading tone appears in V7 and viiº7 in minor!)
Analysis of Fauré's Pavane and Élegiechorale

OCT 31 —
Diatonic Seventh Chords in Major Keys

OCT 28
Review of Diatonic Chords in Major and Minor Keys
Homework: Self-Test 4-1 if you need extra help

OCT 26 —
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 24 —
Diatonic Chords in Major Keys

OCT 21 — Exam 3

OCT 19
— Review for Exam 3 (study guide)
Homework: Optional: Redo Exercise 3–3 B 1–3 (wkbk pg. 23–24) to improve your score. Please turn in original copy with your second attempt.

OCT 17 — Chords in Context
Homework:
Exercise 3–4 A-B + 2 (wkbk pg. 25–28). Practice sight-singing from handout.

OCT 14
— Seventh Chord Inversions and Figured Bass
Homework: Exercise 3–3 A–C (wkbk pg. 23–24). Practice sight-singing from handout. Read Kostka/Payne chapter 3 (focus on pg. 49–53) re: recognizing chords in various textures.

OCT 12 — Seventh Chords
Homework:
Exercise 3–2 A–C (wkbk pg. 21). Practice sight-singing from handout. Read Kostka/Payne chapter 3 (focus on pg. 42–47) re: inversions, figured bass, and lead sheet symbols.

OCT 7
— Triads
Homework: Exercise 3–1 A–D (wkbk pg. 19-20). You may also turn in 2–1 C (review of intervals) for extra credit counted toward your homework score. Read Kostka/Payne Chapter 3 (focus on pg. 40–42) re: building seventh chords.

OCT 5 — Exam 2
Homework:
Kostka/Payne Chapter 3 (focus on pg. 38–39) re: building triads.

OCT 3 —
Review for Exam 2 (Study Guide)

SEPT 30 —
Compound Meters
Homework:
Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (do self-tests for review) and Exercise 2-3 A and B (wkbk pg.14).
Practice sight-singing exercises handed out in class. Write rhythms in compound meters and practice counting/tapping them.


SEPT 28 —
Simple Meters
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (focus on pg. 28) and Exercise 2-2 A and B (wkbk pg. 13).
Practice sight-singing exercises handed out in class. Write rhythms in simple meters and practice counting/tapping them.

SEPT 26 — Rhythms/Durations
Homework: Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (focus on pg. 24-27) and Exercise 2-1 A and B (wkbk pg. 11).
Practice sight-singing exercises handed out in class. Write rhythms and practice counting/tapping them.

SEPT 23 — Exam 1
Homework:
Kostka/Payne Chapter 2 (focus on pg. 24-27)

SEPT 21 —
 Review for Exam 1 (Study Guide)

SEPT 19 —
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.

SEPT 16 —
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.

SEPT 14
— Review of 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.

SEPT 12 — 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.

SEPT 9
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)
Memorize your major key signatures — try the self-test in the textbook if you need more practice or musictheory.net

SEPT 7
— 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

APPS / ONLINE RESOURCES

•Tenuto / music theory.net
•Blob Chorus

Mussar Method (podcast — mostly intervals)

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IMPORTANT DATES

• SEPT 7 — Fall 2016 classes begin

• SEPT 23 — EXAM 1

• OCT 5 — EXAM 2

• OCT 10 — NO CLASS — GO TO PRONK!

• OCT 21 — EXAM 3

• NOV 7 — EXAM 4

• NOV 11 — VETERANS DAY — NO CLASS

• NOV 21 + 23 — INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS (times TBD)

• NOV 25 — THANKSGIVING — NO CLASS

• NOV 28 + 30 — COUNTERPOINT PROJECT PERFORMANCES (score due 11/28)

• FINAL EXAM TIMES: Friday, Dec. 16 at 8–11 am (9 am) • Monday, Dec. 19 at 8–11 am (10 am)