Music Theory I
|TIME/LOCATION||12:20 PM to 1:15 PM, MWF Fall
|Kostka, Stefan and Dorothy Payne.
Tonal Harmony. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Kostka, Stefan and Dorothy Payne. Workbook for Tonal Harmony. New York: McGraw-Hill.
|DESCRIPTION||MUSI 171 is the first semester of an integrated two-year music theory sequence. This course provides an introduction to the stylistic practices of music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and modern vernacular musics where appropriate. We will begin with a review of music fundamentals including scales, intervals, and notational practices. Then we will examine several melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and formal structures found in the music under consideration. MUSI 171 is coordinated with MUSI 171X and will parallel the concepts presented there as much as possible.|
||Attendance is highly recommended. Much of the course material is presented in class and may not be found in the text or materials outside the class. Quizzes and exams missed for whatever reason may not be made up. The instructor is the sole arbiter of whether an absence is excused or unexcused; the instructor will make such a determination in a fair and objective way on an ad hoc basis. For quizzes and exams missed because of such excused absence, no grade will be entered. For quizzes and exams missed because of an unexcused absence, the grade will be a 0 for the missed assignment(s). The characterization of an absence as excused or unexcused is irrelevant for grading in this course. Theoretically, one may have legitimate reasons to miss every meeting. Nevertheless, attendance is highly recommended. My position is that if one misses multiple meetings for any reason, then
• that student is not adequately prepared to take the class during that semester and/or
• that one should not take the class during that semester in which absences are likely and/or
• that one should withdraw from the class in the event that absenteeism develops for whatever reason(s).
It is also my position that being late for a class will be assessed as an absence.
|Quizzes and exams will assess the
student's success in absorbing the content of the course, applying
standard analytical techniques, extrapolating variant or new analytical
techniques from learned principles, partwriting according to prescribed
parameters, and expressing all these goals in appropriate technical
language and notation.
|If two or more assignment are
missed for whatever reason, it is highly recommend that the student
meet with the intstructor to discuss withdrawal from the course.
||The student is expected to acquire a comfortable familiarity with the relevant technical language and analytical techniques appropriate to this level of undergraduate music theory as taught in the United States.|
||Permission of instructor
|At the discretion of the instructor, grades may be lowered or raised according to classroom demeanor.|
|Final grades for MUSI 171 and 171X grades are combined into one grade that is reported by the registrar. The final grade for MUSI 171 is figured as 75% of the overall final grade; the final grade for MUSI 171X, 25%.|
expected to have a working email address and to check it
electronic devices are to be turned off and kept out of sight while in
the classroom or you will be asked to leave.
|If pencil is not used or if standard size printed music manuscript is not used where appropriate for a particular graded item, that item will be given the grade of zero.|
|No final grades will be given out
to anyone including graduating/comping seniors. You will get grades
from the registrar. This is irrevocable and without exception. Don't
|Before I will consider providing a
reference or recommendation, you
1. Must always address me as Professor Collaros
2. Must have taken at least two classes with me, one of which must be an academic,
3. Must have received an A or B in all courses taken with me, and
4. Waive right to see said reference or recommendation.
|In compliance with the Bethany
College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss
appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for students
with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made
during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual
circumstances, so arrangements can be made.
|Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Bethany College Policy on Academic Honesty (see College Catalogue section on Academic Honesty). Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the relevant graded activity.|
|At the discretion of the
instructor, grades may be lowered or raised according to classroom
|The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at any time.|