MUSIC THEORY I  -  MUSIC 115 (FALL 1997)

       Instructor:   Stephen Peles               Office:   252-A Moody Music Building
Office phone:   348-1472
Office Hours:   by appointment
Assistant:    Allen Clements

Materials (bring with you to all classes)

   Textbooks:    Harmony and Voice Leading, Edward Aldwell & Carl Schachter (hereafter "A&S")
Scales, Keys, Intervals, Triads, Rhythm and Meter, John Clough & Joyce Conley (hereafter "C&C")
Other: music paper, note paper, pencils.

Grading

This course consists of two components: theory (MWF) and musicianship (TTh). You will receive a grade for each, and your final grade will be the average of the twoöthus each will count for exactly one half of your final grade. The theory component grade will be calculated as follows (for the musicianship grade please see the musicianship syllabus).
      Homework assignments and quizzes: 50%
Midterm exam: 20%
Final exam: 30%

In accordance with University of Alabama grading policy, final letter grades are assigned according to the following scale:
              A+ = 97-100     A = 93-96     A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89 B = 83-86 B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79 C = 73-76 C- = 70-72
D+ = 67-69 D = 63-66 D- = 60-62
F = 0-59

Course material is presented in three forms: textbook readings, handouts, and lectures. You are responsible for all material, regardless of the medium of presentation. It is of utmost importance that you bring note paper and music paper to class and take notes. In the event that you are absent for a lecture, be sure to get the notes for that class from a classmate.

Homework assignments, reading assignments included, are listed on the schedule to follow on the day they are DUE.

C & C is a programmed text, requiring you to write the answers in the text itself. These will be examined on the days indicated on the schedule; failure to do the C&C assignment will cause your homework grade for that week to be lowered by 10%.

Attendance Policy:
  Students will be allowed 5 unexcused absences for theory and musicianship combined.
Students will be excused for the following reasons only:

   (1) a death in the family
(2) illness accompanied by a doctor's excuse indicating that the student was too ill to attend class
(3) a recognized departmental or university function

Any student who misses more than 20% of the total number of classes (theory and musicianship combined) is advised to withdraw from the course. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F.


Schedule

Terms and Concepts (and a Little Bit of History)

Aug. 20 Introduction; Music in the Late 18th Century.

Aug. 22                          "

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Aug. 25 1/2 Steps, Whole Steps, the Major Scale  C&C sets 1, 2, & 3.

Aug. 27 Intervals  C&C set 4

Aug. 29 The Minor Mode  HW 1 A&S Chaps. 1 & 2


Sept. 1 No Class  Labor Day

Sept. 3 Triads and Seventh Chords; QUIZ  C&C sets 9, 10, & 11

Sept. 5 " C&C sets 12,13, & 14 HW 2


Sept. 8 The Linear Origin of Dissonance: Non-chord Tones C&C sets 15, 16, & 17

Sept. 10 "  A&S Chaps. 3 & 4

Sept. 12 Basic Principles of Voice Leading in Four Parts HW 3 A&S Chap. 5


Sept. 15 Basic Principles of Voice Leading, Continued C&C sets 18 & 19

Harmonic Progression and Elaboration

Sept. 17 The Basic Harmonic Progression: Completeand A & S Chap. 6

Interrupted; Phrase and Cadence; QUIZ

Sept. 19 " HW 4 C&C sets 20 & 21


Sept. 22 The Basic Harmonic Progression, continued C&C set 22

Sept. 24 I6, V6, vii06 A&S chap. 7

Sept. 26 " HW 5C&C set 23


Sept. 29 Review C&C sets 24 & 25

Oct. 1 MIDTERM EXAM

Oct. 3 MIDTERM EXAM


Oct. 6 Review of Midterm Exam C&C set 25

Oct. 8 " A&S chap.8

Oct. 10 Inversions of V7 HW 6


Oct. 13 Inversions of V7, continued C&C set 26

Elaborations of the Basic Harmonic Progression

Oct. 15 Chords of Predominant Function; QUIZ A&S chap. 9

Oct. 17 "  HW 7


Oct. 20 Chords of Predominant Function, continued C&C set 27

Oct. 22 The "Cadential 6/4 Chord" as Elaboration of V A&S chap. 10

Oct. 24 " HW 8


Elements of Form

Oct. 27 Phrases and Periods C&C set 28

Oct. 29 " ; QUIZ

Oct. 31 Extending a Phrase: The "Deceptive" Cadence HW 9


Nov. 3 Motivic Relations Within and Between Phrases C&C set 29

Nov. 5 "

Nov. 7 Binary FormHW 10


Nov. 10 Binary Form, continued C&C set 30

Additional 6/4 Usages

Nov. 12 Passing and Neighbor 6/4 Chords; QUIZ A&S chap. 19

Nov. 14 Other 6/4 Usages HW 11


Putting it All Together

Nov. 17 Further on Melody Harmonization C&C set 31

Nov. 19 "

Nov. 21 Instrumental Elaboration HW 12


Nov. 24 Instrumental Elaboration, continued C&C set 32

Nov. 26 " ; QUIZ

HW 13

Nov. 28 No Class  Thanksgiving Holidays


Dec. 1 Review

Dec. 3 "

Dec. 5 " HW 14


*** Final Exam: ***