Elementary Musicianship 120 Syllabus
subject to change
MUS 120a Elementary Musicianship MFA 112
Fall 2004 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM
MUS 120b Elementary Musicianship MFA 112
Fall 2004 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 AM
Instructor: Dr. Drew Waters
Office: MFA 229
Telephone:518.564.7790 ext. 2470(office);
Email: andrew.waters @plattsburgh.edu
Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00
MF 2:00-4:00 by appointment
Tuesday, Thursday: TBA
Harder, Paul O. and Greg A Steinke. Basic Materials in Music Theory-A Programmed Course. Tenth edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2003.
Music staff paper, pencils, ruler, eraser.
Jakobsen, Hans Lavdal. EarMaster Pro 4.0. MidiTec: Denmark, 1996-2000.
EarMaster Pro 4.0 is available through the College Store. You may purchase your own software package and install it on your personal computer. Having your own copy will allow you to work at any time of the day or night, seven days a week. You do not a need MIDI keyboard to use the software.
EarMaster 4.0 is also installed on three computers (machines #46, 47, and 48) in Feinberg Computer Lab. Technically, you have first priority on the Feinberg Lab
This course begins work in the tonal system and the principles of form in music.
Our course consists of two components: theory and aural skills.
The process of music training is slow, but with steady and regular practice, the skills will come that are essential to any fine musician. Having successfully completed this course, the student will be ready to enroll in MUS 121: Theory and Aural Skills I.
DO NOT MISS CLASS. Showing up is a basic requisite of professional behavior. Your absence will affect your ability to master the material and will handicap class discussion and performance. Your absences will be considered excused only if you are ill or if you have a death in the family or comparable family emergency. Moreover, for an absence to be excused, you must inform me of the reason for the absence before class; if you are ill, leave a message on my voice mail at the above number, or email me. Also be advised that if you are sick enough to miss this class, I consider that you are sick enough to miss
More than three absences, excused or otherwise, will result in a lower semester grade.
All students must document their use of the EarMaster ear training program for a minimum of 2 hours weekly. We will commence work with EarMaster a few weeks into the semester. This program of drill exercises supplements our class activities and other homework assignments. A short, but regularly scheduled, daily session of individual practice combined with one or two longer weekly meetings with a study group is recommended. In-class drills and assignments will be given regularly. Complete all assignments on time. This includes not only written assignments but assigned readings as well. Note that reading includes taking notes as necessary and writing down questions about any material you do not understand. Late homework will not be accepted on or after the day that graded assignments are returned. Late homework may be penalized.
All written work should be done in pencil. Erase-do not cross out.
I will not grade an assignment or test done in pen.
SIGHT SINGING AND CONFERENCE SCHEDULING
Sign-up sheets will be posted on my office door (Room #314) the week previous.
A word about collaboration. Cooperative learning, in such forms as study groups and the like, can be a valuable aid to your study. Unsanctioned collaboration on individually-graded assignments, however, is a form of academic dishonesty. Unless I clearly specify that assignments may be shared, assume that any work that you turn in is to be done on your own. Any evidence of unsanctioned collaboration (including, but not limited to, unlikely similarities between papers, duplication of unusual errors, striking similarities of wording, etc.) will result in a grade of zero for all collaborators.
The final grade will be based upon the following criteria:
The lowest grade in categories 1, 2, and 4 above will be dropped.
A = 4.0 = 94- 100%
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