Instructor: Dr. Vicky V. Johnson, Room 122
Office hours posted on office door
Phone: Ext. 9238
For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:
Introduction to music fundamentals, staff, clefs, key signatures, scales, time signatures and notation; meter and rhythm; chords; harmony; melodic organization and structure; introduction to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI); aural skills. Computer software used for some written and ear training assignments. Prerequisite: a passing grade on the placement examinations in theory and aural skills.
Required Texts and Materials
Bruce Benward and J. Timothy Kolosick, Ear Training: A Technique for Listening, (7th ed.). (Do NOT buy a used book)
Robert W. Ottman, Music for Sight Singing (8th ed.). (This book can be used)
Music staff paper. Go here to print staff paper with keyboard and here for various other configurations.
Notebook: it will not be graded, but returned assignments will be your exam study materials
Pencil and eraser. I will not accept any assignment written in ink. Mechanical pencils are a good choice.
CRS Clicker (for Student Response System) If available from previous classes, these can be checked out to you.
Subscription to CRS (for instructions, follow this link)
Bring these materials to every class session.
You MUST have access to a computer for receiving e-mails, checking the Course Outline, receiving assignments, downloading and uploading assignments, checking your grades, etc. There are computers available in the Fine Arts building and in the library, open at scheduled times, but it is your responsibility to access these course elements as necessary. Your failure to do so is not an excuse for late or missed assignments, or for missing course updates or other communication.
Course Work Includes
Grading Will Be Based On
Music exists in time. It is important for music professionals to be able to perceive and identify musical elements quickly or they will be of little use. For this reason, proficiency in the areas of music theory and aural skills includes speed as well as understanding and assessment will include both.
A student's absences will not change any deadline or assignment requirements. You are always responsible for any material you miss, so check the Course Outline and/or a fellow classmate for announcements, assignments, and requirements.
Attention will be given to the lesson at hand, or you will be excused from the classroom. (In other words, no working on other homework, personal business, sleeping, etc.)
Keep your backpacks and other personal belongings out of the aisles for the sake of convenience and safety.
Do not leave the room during class except for an emergency as this disruption is almost always (except for an emergency) avoidable.
If your conduct for any reason is unacceptable, you will be asked to leave. Do not return to class until you have made an appointment to see me and the situation has been resolved.
This course moves quickly. If you begin to experience problems, consult me right away. Do not wait until you are hopelessly behind or lost. Extra help (including tutoring) is available from several sources, but only if you ask for it.
How to Survive (I mean succeed) in Music Theory
Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's materials or ideas as one's own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination; the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student's own work.
Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a grade of "F" for the class. Further disciplinary action may also be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts. This decision will be mine in consultation with the department head. Cheating is serious business and the penalties for engaging in this sort of activity will be severe. Consult the following link for further information on academic conduct as specified in the TSU catalog. http://catalog.tarleton.edu/undergrad/academicinformation/
Students With Disabilities Policy
It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be found at www.tarleton.edu/sds or in the University Catalog.
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