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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1110

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Music Theory I

Semester Approved: Summer 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2023
End Semester: Summer 2024

Catalog Description: This course includes the study of the fundamental elements of music. Content will focus on part writing, composition, and analysis. This course is required of all music-majors and minors and is recommended for serious students of voice, piano or other instruments. This course must be taken in sequence, and concurrently with MUSC 1130. During the first week of class, a placement exam will be administered - - a score of 70% or better must be achieved on this exam, or the student will be placed in MUSC 1100 Fundamentals of Music. If students receive a score of 4 or higher on their high school Advance Placement (AP) Music Theory exam, they may choose to waive this course.


Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: Students must pass a placement examination that is administered the first week of class with a 70% or higher to continue in this course. Students who do not pass will be placed in MUSC 1100 for remediation.

Corequisites: MUSC 1130


Justification: This course, required of music majors in all NASM-accredited music programs, prepares music majors for transfer with full junior status to music programs of the four year colleges and universities. It will also serve to develop musical literacy in the non-majors. Similar courses are offered in all USHE university music programs. MUSC 1110 is the common number in the USHE system for this course.



Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of music. • Completing and submitting weekly notation, part writing, and analysis assignments• Attendance and participation in class discussions and problem solving activities• Periodic timed quizzes• Comprehensive mid-term and final examinations.

Students will be able to write and analyze four part choral common practice period style. Completing and submitting weekly notation, part writing, and analysis assignments• Attendance and participation in class discussions and problem solving activities• Periodic timed quizzes• Comprehensive mid-term and final examinations.

Students will be able to analyze basic musical forms and define musical terms.  Completing and submitting weekly notation, part writing, and analysis assignments• Attendance and participation in class discussions and problem solving activities• Periodic timed quizzes• Comprehensive mid-term and final examinations.


Content:
• staves; • keys; • scales; melody;• rhythm;• harmony;• meters; • intervals; • tempo;• dynamics. 

Key Performance Indicators:
Completing and submitting weekly notation, part writing, and analysis assignments  25 to 30%

Attendance and participation in class discussions and problem solving activities 15 to 20%

Periodic timed quizzes 20 to 25%

Comprehensive mid-term and final examinations  30 to 35%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Benward, Bruce and Marilyn Saker. Music in Theory and Practice, volume I. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.


Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via class discussion, group problem solving activities, lecture, and demonstration.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

Maximum Class Size: 30
Optimum Class Size: 20