Theory I Course Outline
 

 

 

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Theory I

MUSI 1311

 

 

 

Course Outline

 

 


Important!

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.

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

 

Content for the week will be in this column. 

 

This column will show you what is due on which day.

Animated bullets mark each item.

Week 1   

Aug 27-Aug 31

Preliminaries

  1. Roll check and advisor list

  2. Syllabus

  3. Theory placement exam will be tomorrow during Aural Skills for all who have not yet taken it

  4. A little advice from your friends

 

 

What is Music Theory?

 

bulletOvertone 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

bulletNotation 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

 

Why Middle C??

 

bulletStaff, clefs
 

Staff/Clefs

Medieval example

 

Here is a very modern example of the same thing!

 

Clefs Combined to Illustrate Spatial Relationship

bulletOctave identification
 

We use the Acoustical Society of America Octave Designation System

 

 

 

bulletNotation basics
 

stem direction and length

beams according to beat

adjacent notes

dot placement

Notation Basics

Print this for your reference

bulletNames of scale degrees
 

Scale degrees

 

 

 

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

Friday:  1-minute paper

 

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

 

Wed

Bring 3x5 cards to class

 

Fri

Pitch

Print it, read it, keep it

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Friday, one minute feedback and 5 minute 3x5 drill.

Missing class

Learn to articulate

Get the "like" out

 

 

 

 

Timbre:  why different instruments playing the same note sound different

 

Week 2 

Sep 3-7

 

No class on Monday:  Labor Day!!

 

 

Scales and Keys

 

bulletMajor scales and keys
 

Major scales

bulletMinor scales and keys
 

Three types of minor scales

 

Key Signature Practice 

(If this doesn't work, switch browsers)

 

Flashcards

 

 

bulletCircle of 5ths
 

 

 

Pythagorus and the Circle of Fifths

 

 

Circle of Fifths

 

Blank Circle of Fifths

 

Harmonic progression around the circle of 5ths

 

bulletParallel and relative minor
 

Key Trainer

 

 

 

Note name game

Key Signature Game

Friday: 1-minute paper

 

 

 

Major scales Practice

Minor scales Practice

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

Wed

Major Scale

Minor Scales

Print it, read it, keep it

 

Fri

Quiz#1

Scale degrees

Octave designation

 

Fri

 

Assignment #1

Print 1 copy of this Blank Circle of Fifths

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

 

 

from A Musical Grammar (1679) by Nikolay Diletsky

 

Week 3

Sep 10-14 

 

bulletIntervals p. 20-32  12-19
 

 

Intervals calculated by half steps

Diminished Unison - the black hole of music theory

Major scale method of interval identification

 

Diatonic interval speed drill

 

Avoiding enharmonic mistakes also p. 445

 

Interval drill

Interval inversions

 

 

Exercise: Interval ID

Interval Trainer

Dim and Aug Interval Drill

 

 

Interval Worksheets:  Generate a new one every time!

 

Practice identifying intervals with this interactive worksheet

 

 

  

Decreased by

one half-step

Interval in its

original state

Increased by

one half-step

Diminished

o (d)

Perfect

P

Augmented

+ (A)

Minor

m

Major

M

Augmented

+ (A)

Diminished

o (d)

Minor

m

Major

M

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

 

Assignment #1

Circle of 5ths (you will fill out template in class without notes)

 

Fri

 

Assignment 2:

Major scales

Minor scales

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Week 4

Sep 17-21

 

bulletMore scales
 

Scales that aren't major or minor  

Pentatonic p. 497

Whole tone p. 500

Blues p. 593

Modes (next week)

Octatonic p. 503

 

Exercise: 

Pitch inventory and scale identification

bulletModes p. 8-10 1-11
 

 

 

"I Don't Particularly Like Modes A Lot"

 

Modes Review

 

Modes

with Scorch files

Modes Made Easy

 

Improvising with Modes

 

Exercise:

board work:  construct modes on given pitches

 

Scale Trainer

 

Practice sheets:

ModesPracticeA

ModesPracticeB

 

 

  

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Assignment #3

Interval Construction A

Interval Construction B

 

Mon

 

Modes

Print it, read it, keep it

Modes  print this, too!  (to study for your quiz on Friday)

 

Fri

 

Quiz #2

Modes (names and color tones)

 

Fri

 

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

 

 

 

Check Note name and Key signature Proficiency for your name!

Deadline for completed proficiencies is Sunday midnight

 

Week 5 

Sep 24-28

bulletMeter and Rhythm p. 631-639 455-465
 

 

Counting Music

 

Simple and Compound Meter Flash

 

Metric Examples

 

Exercise:  Group work - Score excerpts for meter ID  also p. 458, 460, 464

 

All You Need Is Love

Listen (YouTube) and identify the meter

 

Board work:  Meter drills

 

 

 

Four quarter notes worth of music fit into each measure

 

Note:  Check list below for those who need to complete proficiencies

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Assignment #4

Modes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 6

Oct 1-6  

bulletChords p. 35-47 20-26
 

Count in 3rds - practice naming letters in triad form

 

How to build a chord

Diatonic triads

Triad Trainer

 

 

Triad inversions

Voicing chords 

 

 

 

Practice building chords at the board

Exercise:  Triad identification

 

Spell It In Thirds Worksheet

 

Arpeggios

Remember these from Aural Skills?

 

Lead sheet symbols p. 48-53  32-37

 

 

Roman Numeral analysis p. 63-66

 

Note:  Monday is the deadline for Note Name and Key Signature Proficiencies

 

  
  

 

 

 

 

Assignments Due:

Mon

Assignment #5

Meter Identification A

Meter Identification B

 

Mon

Triads

Print this

 

Figured bass

Print this

 

 

 

 

Play some Chord Basketball

Basketball Music Quiz

 

 

Week 7

Oct 8-12   

 

Review for MidTerm Exam with Practice Test (distributed Monday)

MidTerm Exam Friday

Midterm Evaluation

 

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

 

Note:  the following answers will be graded

  1. Name of major key

  2. Name of lead sheet chord

    Spell the chord in thirds; put the name of the chord above the staff; if the bass note is not the root, add it below a slash

  3. Name the Roman numberal

    Identify the number of the chord in the key (Ex: in Bb, a Cm chord is a ii)

  4. Add the figured bass

    Root= nothing; 6=3rd in the bass; 6/4= 5th in the bass

 

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Assignment #6

Triads A

Triads B

 

Mon

Deadline for Note Name and Key Signature Proficiencies

 

Mon

Quick Facts Sheet

Print this

Notice that definition for IAC is incorrect

 

Fri

MidTerm Exam

Bring a page of staff paper with a keyboard on it

 

   

 

 

 

 

Week 8 

Oct 15-19  

 

Go over MidTerm Exam when graded

 

Nonharmonic Tones  p. 139  p. 79

 

 

Nonchord tones in video

 

Nonharmonic tones

flash demo

Nonharmonic tones

listed in a table according to movement

 

 

Demonstration of non-harmonic tones (charades)

 

Cadences  p. 80-87

 

Melodic Organization

Benward p. 119 (doc cam)

  1. Motive

  2. Sequence

  3. Phrase

  4. Period

 

Phrases and cadences

Phrases and cadences II

 

The Period:  Two Phrases Become One Structure

 

 

Plagal - "Let It Be" (Beatles)

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Assignment #7

Spell It in Thirds Worksheet

 

Mon

Print these:

Nonharmonic Tones

Cadences

 

Fri

Send me a melody

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

Send me a YouTube link to  vjohnson@tarleton.edu by 8:30am

 

   

 

Week 9 

Oct 22-28  

 

Melody

Melodies:  Song List

 

Aspects of Melody

 

Melody Overview

 

 

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

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Quiz #4:  Nonharmonic tones and cadences

Nonharmonic tones    Phrases and cadences

 

 

   

 

Interval Review

Piano

Week 10

Oct 29-Nov 2

 

Wed/Fri melody composition critiques

 

 

 

 

 

Extra credit if you wear a costume on Halloween.

Note:  If you have to explain it to me, it doesn't count.

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Mon

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

 

Save the Finale file as “YourNameComposition1” (Please save exactly like this, not by the title you have given your piece - this is for my file organization to grade Composition #1 and #2 separately and to be able to find your file to listen in class)

 

E-mail your completed Finale file as an attachment to vjohnson@tarleton.edu by 8:30am on the due date.  The subject line of the email should also read "YourNameComposition1"

Turn in a printed copy of your score at the beginning of class on the due date

 

 

DO NOT disturb the 8:00 piano class to work on your composition or to print your file.  Plan ahead.

  

   

 

Week 11 

Nov 5-9

 

Harmonic progressions

Circle progressions

 

Harmonic Analysis

 

Analysis #1

 

Harmonic Analysis Practice sheet

copy for Assignment #8

 

 

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

 

Wed/Fri:  Work on Composition #2 in computer lab

 

Workbook p. 77 analysis exercises

 

 

Piano Man

example of descending bass line

 

Harmonic Progression

Sweet Home Chicago

Mr. Postman

 

Assignments Due:

 

   
 Fri

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composition Assignments

Week 12

Nov 12-16

 

 

Composition #2 critique

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Composition #2

Review all requirements for Composition #2 on the link below before sending me the file

Composition Assignments

E-mail your completed Finale file as an attachment to vjohnson@tarleton.edu by 8:30am on the due date.  The subject line of the email should also read "YourNameComposition2"

 

DO NOT disturb the 8:00 piano class to work on your composition or to print your file.  Plan ahead.

 

   

 

Week 13

Nov 19-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

No class on Thursday or Friday:  Thanksgiving holiday

 

 

Assignments Due:

 

Mon

Assignment #9

Turn in completed Harmonic Analysis Practice Sheet

Download here

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

 

 

 

       

 

 

Week 14

Nov 26-Nov 30

 

 

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

 

 

 

  

Course Reflection Discussion Assignment

 

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

Week 15

Dec 3-5  Last class day Wednesday, Dec 5

 

Review for Final Exam

 

 

Final Exam: Monday, Dec 10 3:00 - 5:30am

 

 

Study Guide

 

Circle of Fifths template for practice

 

Practice tests:

Version A

Version B

Version C

Version D

Version E

 

 

Use this grade calculator to estimate your final grade

It really is!

 

 

 

 

Theory I Game Scores

Rank

Note Name Game

Key Sig Game

Interval Game

 

22022133

4985113

149278

1

Abe 655701

Tyler 4985113

Courtnie 89541

2

Courtnie 27394

Abe 1357281

Colin 68566

3

Ashley 25353

Colin 346811

Deon 65556

4

Jacob 17608

Deon 56330

Ashley 42230

5

Sarah 10465

Courtnie 51909

Francheska 27846

6

Colin 7459

Kayla 39911

Sarah 23678

7

Kayla 6594

Matt 32492

Jacob 18525

8

Tyler 6416

Gwen 22181

Gwen 13994

9

Zach Z 5597

Savanna 16542

Maegan 16618

10

Stephanie 4250

Zach Z 12907

Gunnar 12145

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proficiency List

 

Still need to complete Note Proficiency:

(you must make a 98)

 

Still need to complete Key Signature Proficiency:

(you must make a 95)

 

 

Proficiency Links

Key Signature Drill #1

Key Trainer

Note Trainer

Bass Clef speed drill

Note reading Drill

Note speed reading Drill

  3Note Game    

 

 

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