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Note:   This is an organic document!  It will change. 

You are responsible for what is on this page, not a copy you made at the beginning of the semester.

 

The dates given in the right column are the due dates, not the day we will work on assignments in class.

If there is ever a problem with an assignment (technology problem, don't understand it, can't find it, etc.) do not wait until the due date (or time) to explain your problem.

 

Notes:

  1. I will not accept assignments done in ink.  Why use pencil?

  2. Be prepared to write in your ear-training book.  This book is not meant to be resold.  Write your name in your books.

  3. If something is not clear to you, ASK ME.  My schedule is on my door (122) or email me at vjohnson@tarleton.edu

  4. Please read this.

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Week 1   

(beginning January 13)

Preliminaries

  1. About me Prezi

  2. Syllabus

  3. Theory placement exam

  4. Explanation of clickers

  5. Reasons for absences and not turning in homework

  6. A little advice from your friends

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Overtone series

Overtone series and tuning

 

Leonard Bernstein explains!

 

Tuning: beat frequency

More than you want to know about tuning

Harmonic series overview

Definitions:  pitch note music score

 

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Notation history

Musical notation can be understood as a set of instructions indicating to the performer how the composer wishes the music to sound.

 

How it all began

Origin of Music Notation

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Staff, clefs

Staff/Clefs

Medieval example

 

Here is a very modern example of the same thing!

 

Clefs Combined to Illustrate Spatial Relationship

 

 

 

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Octave identification

We use the Acoustical Society of America Octave Designation System

 

 

 

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Notation basics

stem direction and length

beams according to beat

adjacent notes

dot placement

Notation Basics

Print this for your reference

 

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Names of scale degrees

Scale degrees

 

Exercise:  Board work - clefs, notes, accidentals, etc.

 

Auralia instructions before working with the program

 

 

Who has not taken the theory placement exam?

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

Wed

 

Put this webpage link on your desktop

On the top of this page, File - Send - Shortcut to desktop

Thu

Clicker class key 

Theory I 9am:  F74234J247 

Theory I 10am:  H74235F334

Clicker registration

Bring a credit or debit card to class!

 

Fri

Print Notation Basics

Read it and be familiar with guidelines for notation

 

Note:  Every time I ask you to bring something to class, I will hold you accountable and it will affect your grade.

Missing class

Learn to articulate

Get the "like" out

 

Week 2   

(beginning January 20)

 

No class on Monday

 

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Major scales and keys

 

Major scales

 

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Minor scales and keys

 

Minor scales

 

Key Signature Practice 

Flashcards

 

 

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Circle of 5ths

 

Practice on Wednesday - quiz on Friday

 

Blank Circle of Fifths

 

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Parallel and relative minor

 

 

Key Trainer

 

Note name and Key signature proficiency drill on Wednesday in piano lab; set up for Aurelia

 

Note name game

Key Signature Game

 

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

MonRoll will be checked with clickers!

 

Wed

Quiz#1

Scale degrees

Octave designation

 

Fri

 

Assignment #1

Print 1 copies of this Blank Circle of Fifths

Bring them to class on Friday for an explanation of your assignment.

 

 

from A Musical Grammar (1679) by Nikolay Diletsky

 

Week 3   

(beginning January 27)

 

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More scales

 

 

Scales that aren't major or minor

Exercise: 

 

  1. Pitch inventory and scale identification

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Modes

          Modes  print this!

Intro to modes

daveconservatoires

 

video

Modes: Explanation and audio examples

Modes Review

 

Modes

with Scorch files

Modes Made Easy

"I Don't Particularly Like Modes A Lot"

Exercise:

  1. board work:  construct modes on given pitches

 

Scale Trainer

 

Practice sheets:

Major scales

Minor scales

ModesA

ModesB

Assignments Due:

 

Wed

 

Quiz #2

Modes (names and color tones)

 

Wed

 

Bring your levels!

Note name game

Key Signature Game

 

  1. Play each game to your best score and level.  You can play multiple times to improve your score.

  2. While on the final score screen, press the Print Screen key on your keyboard (PrtScn)

  3. Open a blank Word document

  4. Right click (or press Ctrl V) and paste the image onto the Word Doc

  5. Bring the document to turn in at the beginning of class

 

 

Week 4   

(beginning February 3)

 

 

 

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Intervals

Interval Basics

 

 

 

 

Diatonic interval speed drill

Major scale method of interval identification

 

Intervals calculated by half steps

Avoiding enharmonic mistakes

 

Interval drill

Interval inversions

 

 

Exercise: Interval ID

Interval Trainer

Dim and Aug Interval Drill

 

Music Memory Devices

 

Interval Worksheets:  Generate a new one every time!

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

 

Assignment 2:

Major scales

Minor scales

Modes

 

 

Fri

Assignment #3

Interval Construction 1

Interval Construction 2

 

FriIBring your level!

Interval game

 

  1. Play the game to your best score and level.  You can play multiple times to improve your score.

  2. While on the final score screen, press the Print Screen key on your keyboard (PrtScn)

  3. Open a blank Word document

  4. Right click (or press Ctrl V) and paste the image onto the Word Doc

  5. Bring the document to turn in at the beginning of class

 

Check Note name and Key signature Proficiency for your name!

Check grade book for computer lab grades.

Are you doing your computer labs??

Week 5   

(beginning February 10)

 

TMEA Feb 12-15:  no class on Thurs or Fri

 

Theory tutor available on Wednesday nights at 7pm!

 

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Rhythm

 

 

Counting Music

Simple and Compound Meter

Simple and Compound Meter Flash

 

Metric Examples

 

Exercise:  Group work - Score excerpts for meter ID

 

All You Need Is Love barline exercise

Board work:  Meter drills

 

 

 

Four quarter notes worth of music fit into each measure

 

Conducting basics

 

Duple/Triple/Simple/Compound Meters Listening Examples

 

 

 Meter and Beaming

 

Earth Angel

Locomotion

Mr. Bojangles

Scotch and Soda

 

 

 

 

Conducting practice

Meters in 3:

Nickel Creek Sweet Afton

PeeWee King  Tennessee Waltz

Richard Rodgers  Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Assignments Due:

 

Wed

 

Assignment #4

Meter Identification Worksheet 1

Meter Identification Worksheet 2

 

 

 

 

Also on p. 22 of Hall Studying Rhythm book illustrates when to use ties. (in General Theory folder)

Week 6   

(beginning February 17)

 

 

Chords

Count in 3rds - practice naming letters in triad form

 

How to build a chord

Triad Trainer

 

Diatonic triads

 

Triad inversions

Voicing chords 

 

Practice building chords at the board

Excercise:  Triad identification

 

Spell It In Thirds Worksheet

 

Lead sheet symbols

 

7th Chord Inversions

Roman Numeral analysis

4 Types of Triads/Inversions/Figured Bass

 

Figured bass on YouTube

 

 

Assignments Due:

Fri

Quiz#3

Triad and 7th chord inversion figured bass symbols

 

Fri

Assignment #5

Triad Construction 1

Triad Construction 2

 

 

 

Week 7   

(beginning February 24)

 

Review for MidTerm Exam with Practice Test (Monday)

MidTerm Exam Thursday

Midterm Evaluation

 

 

 

 

Exercise:  using 'Spell it in Thirds' worksheet, random student name the chord and type (work for speed)

 

Exercise:  practice I, IV, V chord progressions (in lab if necessary)

 

Nonharmonic tones

flash demo

Nonharmonic tones

listed in a table according to movement

 

Quick Facts Sheet

Copy this for your reference

Notice that definition for IAC is incorrect

 

 

Group work:  demonstrate nonharmonic tones using human characters

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Practice Test

If you make a 95 or above on the practice test, you do not have to take the mid-term

 

Thu

MidTerm Exam

Bring a page of staff paper with a keyboard on it

 

Fri

 

Assignment #6

Spell It in Thirds Worksheet

 

   

 

 

 

 

Week 8   

(beginning March 3)

 

Monday

Go over MidTerm Exam

No theory tutoring session this Wednesday!

 

Demonstration of non-harmonic tones (charades)

 

Melodic Organization

Benward p. 119 (doc cam)

  1. Motive

  2. Sequence

  3. Phrase

  4. Period

The Period:  Two Phrases Become One Structure

 

Try writing a consequent phrase to one of the following antecedents from this link

 

Phrases and cadences

Phrases and cadences II

Authentic and Deceptive Cadences

 

 

Plagal - "Let It Be" (Beatles)

 

Assignments Due:

 

Wed

Groups demonstrate nonharmonic tones

 

Fri

Send me a melody

Choose a song that contains an excellent melody (not 'lyric-driven')

Attach the mp3 to an email and send to vjohnson@tarleton.edu by 8:30am

 

Fri

Quiz #4:  Nonharmonic tones and cadences

Nonharmonic tones

 

   

 

SPRING BREAK

Something to think about over the break:

Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do

Week 9   

(beginning March 17)

 

Melody

Melodies:  Song List

 

Aspects of Melody

 

Melody Overview

 

Melodic Principles

Scroll halfway for example of good and bad

 

Principles of Voice-leading

 

How to Write a Bad Melody

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Finale (in 118)

Go through Finale in lab (self-paced)

 

QuickStart Videos:

     Simple Note Entry

 

Finale Page

 

Monday:  links above plus Finale demo

Tuesday:  in computer lab

Wednesday:  review Composition requirements and Finale page

Friday:  critique of melody compositions

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Note:  Quiz #4 and "Send me a melody" are due today, since we did not have class on Friday!

 

 

Fri

Composition first draft

Bring to class a first draft of your melody, written on staff paper ready to transcribe to Finale.  Melodies must be complete.  You will receive a grade for this.

 

NEW:  You must be able to sing your melody to me! Use solfege.

 

NOTE:  Please  refer to the Compositions page for requirments and how the assignment will be graded!

 

   

 

Interval Review

Piano

Week 10 

(beginning March 24)

 

Mon/Wed continue melody composition critiques

 

 

 

Harmonic progressions

Circle progressions

 

Harmonic Analysis

 

Analysis #1

 

Harmonic Analysis Practice sheet

copy for Assignment #7

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

Tue

Video

Before class, watch the Simple Note Entry video under QuickStart Videos

The more of these videos you watch, the better prepared you will be to use Finale in the lab

 

   
Wed

Composition #1

Please follow the instructions for this assignment that are listed on this Composition link

 

  

   

Week 11 

(beginning March 31)

 

 

 

Bach Chorale Chord Progressions

 

Another way to look at it

Textbook p. 214 - 219

 

Accompaniment patterns

 

 

 

How to harmonize a soprano line

 

 

Accompaniment patterns

More patterns

 

Thur:  Work on Composition #2 in computer lab

 

Workbook p. 77 analysis exercises

Fri:  Go over Assignment #8 (Due Monday)

 

Piano Man

example of descending bass line

 

Harmonic Progression

Sweet Home Chicago

Mr. Postman

 

Assignments Due:

 

   
 Fri

Assignment #7

Turn in completed Harmonic Analysis Practice Sheet

Download here

Include both lead sheet symbols (above) and Roman numeral analysis (below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composition Assignments

Week 12 

(beginning April 7)

 

 

Exercise:  Workbook p. 42 on doc cam, non-harmonic tones, then cadences with clickers

 

 

 

Monday:  Harmonic Analysis example with partner

Wednesday:  Workbook p. 42 on doc cam; nonharmonic tones at board

Friday: Go over Composition Assignment requirements

 Go over Assignment 9

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Assignment #8

Harmonic Rhythm

  1. Determine harmonic rhythm

  2. Place lead sheet symbols above

  3. Place harmonic analysis below

When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras!

In other words, don't pick a strange chord just because it will fit.  Use a traditional harmonization for these traditional songs.

 

Fri

Assignment #9

Workbook p. 33, 38, 39

 

 

 

Week 13 

(beginning April 14)

 

 

 

Composition #2 critique

 

Theory tutoring Wed at 7:00!

Note and Key Signature proficiency requirement

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Composition #2

Composition Assignments

 

       

 

For those of you who doubt the importance of establishing tonality in your compositions, here's a Christmas funny

Week 14 

(beginning April 21)

 

 

Exercise:  Construct at the board

  1. nonharmonic tones at board

  2. cadences

  3. sequence  Example:  The Ash Grove

Course Reflection Discussion

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Composition #3

Composition Assignments

 

NOTE:  We WILL have class on Friday.  Bring your Composition #3 hard copy on that day. 

 

  

 

   
   
     

 

Week 15 

(beginning April 28)

 

Review for Final Exam

 

Last day of class is Wednesday, April 30

Theory tutoring Wed at 7:00!

Final Exam:

 

9:00 class Monday, May 5, 8:00am

10:00 class Monday, May 5, 11:30am

 

 

 

Study Guide

 

Circle of Fifths template for practice

 

Use this grade calculator to estimate your final grade

Tue

ET & SS Makeup Exams

 

It really is!

 

 

 

 

 

Still need to complete Note Proficiency

 

 

Ross Backus

John Pollock

 

 

Still need to complete Key Signature Proficiency:

 

 

Ross Backus

Gabe Montemayor

 

Proficiency Links

Key Signature Drill #1

Key Trainer

Note Trainer

Bass Clef speed drill

Note reading Drill

Note speed reading Drill

  3Note Game    

 

Downloads

Staff Paper    Staff Paper with Keyboard

Solfege Daily Routine    Solfege Chromatic Syllables    Arpeggios     Problem Intervals

 

DOWNLOADS

Song List

Staff Paper  

 Staff Paper/Keyboard

Sizable Staff Paper/Keyboard

Blank Circle of Fifths

Notation Basics

Stems, Ties, Beams, Accidentals

 

 

 

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