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Music 001 Beginning Music Theory Professors: Michael Casey, Michael Zsoldos Dartmouth College, Winter 2017 Office: Hallgarten Hall Office Hours: Mon 3:15-4:30pm, and by appointment Teaching Assistants: Alexandra Kraft ‘16 / G’18 (Keyboard and Assignments), Adam Rinehouse ‘19 (Ear Training). Class Hours and Locations: MWF at 2:10-3:15, Faulkner, Music Department; X-hour Thurs 1:20-2:10, Faulkner The course objective is to provide each student with fundamental knowledge and skills for the continuing enjoyment and further study of music. Concepts and structures of melody, harmony, form, analysis, improvisation, composition and performance will be explored. Fundamentals of music notation, aural and written intervals, meter, rhythm, scales, chords, harmonic progressions, cadences, basic keyboard skills, melodic and rhythmic dictation and sight singing will be introduced and applied. Emphasis will be on music in Western European culture. This course fulfills ART distributive requirement. It is not a prerequisite for the music major nor does it count toward the major or minor. If you plan to major or minor in music, enroll in Music 20. The customary parameters are in effect with reference to the Academic Honor Principle and Sources and Citations. Course information, announcements, audio clips and assignments will be posted on Canvas. Physically and Learning-Disabled Students Students with disabilities, including invisible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities and psychiatric conditions, are asked to discuss your circumstances with the instructor after the first class or during office hours so that appropriate accommodations may be made at that time. Required Text Straus, Joseph N. Elements of Music (CD not required), 3rd edition. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011. One copy is available on reserve behind the front desk in Paddock Music Library. It is a workbook; if purchasing an older edition, check for missing pages.Assessment The course is comprised of classes, written assignments, ear-training x-hours and individual keyboard lessons. Marks for the course are awarded according to the following scheme: Written assignments #1-8 30% Daily class participation 5% Lab ear training exams (2) 20% Keyboard proficiency (8 sessions) 10% Written midterm exam 15% Written final exam 20% I. Weekly Written Assignments (see schedule page 3-4) Written assignments will be posted on Friday of each week, turned in at the beginning of class the next Wednesday, and returned Friday. Assignments turned in after 10:10am Wednesdays will not be accepted. Additional non-textbook assignments periodically will be made. Written Midterm and Final Exams Midterm and final written exams will be comprehensive and include written and aural components based on daily class content, assignments, and labs. The written midterm will be given in class on Friday, Jan 27 final exam date and time will be set by the Registrar. II. Ear Training Lab Melodic and rhythmic dictation; aural recognition of intervals, scales and chords; sight-singing of melodies and rhythms: composition of melodies and rhythms. Ear training Lab is weekly at the Thursday 1:20 X-hour with TA – required. Ear Training Exams administered by TA during X-hour Labs. There will be two ear training exams (20-minutes each) on Thursday, Jan 26 and Thursday, March 2nd. III. Individual Keyboard Lessons with TA – Keyboard Proficiency Individual 15-minute keyboard lessons held weekly (8 meetings) with a TA – required until proficiency is completed. Appointments may not be rescheduled; missed appointments are marked as zero. Eight keyboard proficiency lessons will be graded by the TA on a per-session basis. By the end of the term, students will: a) play major and minor scales up to keys in four sharps and four flats in each hand separately with correct fingering; b) play triads (major,minor, diminished, augmented) in assigned keys, each hand separately; 3) play simple harmonic progressions involving I, IV and V chords in designated major and minor keys; d) sight-read a simple melody and bass line, L and R hands together; e) perform a selection chosen in consultation with TA. Students with piano background may pass out of this requirement as soon as desired or opt to continue lessons throughout the term. Keyboard Appointments may not be rescheduled. Practice Facilities with Keyboards Music Department practice rooms 34D, 35A and D, 36A and D are unlocked. Rooms as available: Lower Buck, Upper Buck, Hartman and Studio 1 (access by button lock). See Music Department front office staff for more information and access. Weekly Syllabus Following are the topics and readings for the term, as well as assignment and exam dates: Wk Date Reading Out Due 1 W Jan 4 Chapter 1, Lessons 1-5 F Jan 6 Chapter 2, Lessons 6 & 7 HW1 2 M Jan 9 Chapter 3, Lessons 14-15 W Jan 11 Chapter 3, Lessons 15-17 HW1 F Jan 13 Chapter 2, Lessons 8-10 HW2 3 M Jan 16 MLK DAY NO CLASS W Jan 18 Chapter 3, Lessons 18-22 HW2 F Jan 20 Chapter 2, Lesson 11-12 HW3 4 M Jan 23 Chapter 4, Lessons 23-26 W Jan 25 Chapter 2, Lesson 13 + MIDTERM REVIEW HW3 ThX Jan26 MIDTERM AURAL EXAM F Jan 27 MIDTERM WRITTEN EXAM HW4 5 M Jan 30 Chapter 5, Lesson 27 W Feb 1 Chapter 5, Lessons 28&29 HW4 F Feb 3 Chapter 5, Lesson 30 HW56 M Feb 6 Chapter 5, Lesson 31; W Feb 8 Chapter 5, Lesson 31 HW5 F Feb 10 Chapter 6, Lesson 32 HW6 7 M Feb 13 Straus Chapter 6, Lesson 33 W Feb 15 Straus Chapter 6, Lesson 34 HW6 F Feb 17 Straus Chapter 6, Lesson 35 HW7 8 M Feb 20 Analysis / composition W Feb 22 Analysis / composition HW7 F Feb 24 Analysis / composition PROJ 9 M Feb 27 Analysis / composition W Mar 1 Presentations proj ThX Mar 2 FINAL AURAL EXAM F Mar 3 Presentations proj 10 M Mar 6 Presentations proj W Mar 8 Presentations proj 11 TBA EAR TRAINING EXAM 11 TBA FINAL


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