MUSIC THEORY II – MUS 117                                                          FALL 1998

 

 

 

 

Professor:         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")

     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 two–thus 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. 

 

 


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

 

One percentage point shall be deducted from the final grade for each unexcused absence in excess of five.

 

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*

 

 

Jan. 7               Review

Jan. 9                    "

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Jan. 12             VI and IV as Pre-dominants

Jan. 14                         "                                                                             A&S Chap. 11

Jan. 16                         "                                                                             HW 1

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Jan. 19             No Class–Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 21             Pre-dominant 7th Chords:  II7 and IV7; QUIZ                       A&S Chap 12

Jan. 23                         "                                                                             HW 2

 

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Jan. 26             Other Uses of IV and VI                                                     A&S Chap. 13

Jan. 28                         "

Jan. 30                         "                                                                              HW 3

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                             Tonicization and Modulation

 

Feb. 2               V as a Key Area                                                                      A&S Chap. 14

 

Feb. 4                         ";  QUIZ

Feb. 6                         "                                                                                    HW 4

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Feb. 9               Secondary Dominants                                                               A&S Chap. 25

Feb. 11                       "

Feb. 13                       "                                                                               HW 5/Composition HW1

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Feb. 16        Leading-Tone Seventh Chords

Feb. 18                       ";  QUIZ                                                                       A&S Chap. 23

Feb. 20                       "                                                                               HW 6


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Feb. 23             Review

Feb. 25             MIDTERM EXAM

Feb. 27             MIDTERM EXAM

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Mar. 2              Review of Midterm Exam                                                         A&S Chap. 15

Mar. 4              Uses of III and VII

Mar. 6                        "                                                                               HW 7

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Mar. 9              5/3 Chord Techniques                                                          A&S Chap. 16

Mar. 11                      " ; QUIZ

Mar. 13                      "                                                                               HW 8

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Mar. 16            Diatonic Sequences                                                                  A&S Chap. 17

Mar. 18                      "

Mar. 20                      "                                                                               HW 9/Composition HW 2

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Mar. 23                      "

Mar. 25                      " ; QUIZ

Mar. 27                      "                                                                                HW 10/Composition HW3

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Mar. 30            SPRING BREAK

Apr. 1                    "

Apr. 3                    "

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Apr. 6                   6/3 Chord Techniques                                                               A&S Chap. 18

Apr. 8                        "; QUIZ

Apr. 10                       "                                                                               HW 11

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Apr. 13             Diatonic Modulation                                                             A&S Chap. 26

Apr. 15                       "

Apr. 17                       "                                                                               HW 12/Composition HW4

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Apr. 20                       "

Apr. 22                       " ; QUIZ

Apr. 24                       "                                                                               HW 13

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Apr. 27             Review

Apr. 29                 "

May 1                  "                                                                                     HW 14

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*Schedule and assignments are subject to change.