Music Theory I

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Music = T4= T ime x T one x T imbre x T heatre

Pre-Assignments:

  1. Complete the required Pre-Assignment:  Theory In A Box for a Grade.  It is due the first day of class.  Access keys were sent to your Xavier email account.  Contact the professor if questions.
  2. Download the syllabus and purchase the text for the first day of class. Read Chapter 1.
  3. Students are expected to attend SI (Student Instruction class meetings) each week to assist in the preparation of assignments, learn the basics of Finale and to prepare for all projects, quizzes and exams. If you need a tutor follow the link above.

Assignments:

  • Due August 25:  Chapter 1 all odd numbered pages.
  • Due August 30:
  • Due September 1:
    • All odd numbered pages of the Workbook for Chapter 2.
    • Make sure you have completed all of the Workbook for Chapter 1 ( See SI/Tutor if problems-schedule in advance-see link above.
    • Select four Blog Comments and a reply to each one.
    • If you have not done Theory In A Box finish your work by next Tuesday
  • Due September 13:
    • Read Chapter 3
    • Do all problems in the Workbook for Chapter 3
    • Make sure you completed InQuizative for Chapter 1-3 by September 13 (extension granted). Email if there is a problem.
    • Circle of 5ths Quiz in class, 5 minute time limit. Replicate p. 57 Circle of 5ths diagram on a plain white sheet of paper.  Practice every day with textbook and timings.  Clarity and exactness required. You are advised to use you paper in landscape-horizontal for the quiz.
    • Know the  5 types of scales instructed so far. WT, 8tonic,Ch. Scale, Major Scale, Pentatonic scale.
  • Due September 15:  Read Chapter 4,Chapter 4 Workbook, All odd-numbered pages.  Brings lots of questions!
  • Due September 18:
    •  Read Chapter 5
    • Complete Chapter 4 InQuizative
    • Start Chapter 5 InQuizative
  • Due September 20:
    • Make sure all of the Workbook for Chapter 3 is complete
    • Make sure all of the Workbook for Chapter 4 is complete (do the even pages)
    • Complete Chapter 5 in the Workbook pp. 47-48.
  • Due September 22:
    • Chapter 5 Workbook 5.2-5.4
    • Absolutely have Chapter 3 and 4 completed by 9/25
  • Due September 25:
    • InQuizative Chapter 5
    • Enter a comment on the Arvo Pårt blog after listening to the music and developing your ideas for the comment
  • Due September 27:  Bring the completed worksheet to class.
  • Due  September 29:
    • Chapters 1-5 Midterm Exam I
    • Theory In A Box Chapter 6-Minor Scales
    • Reply to four Arvo Pråt entries
  • The Workbook, Chapters 1-5 will be graded after fall break.
  • Due Tuesday, October 4
    • Complete Theory In A Box Chapter 7
    • Read Chapter 6
    • Workbook pp. 59-62, Make a scan of the four pages, combine the scanned pages into one document (pdf), upload the document to OneDrive/Theory I/pp.59-62.  You will be sent an invitation to the Theory I folder in OneDrive-be sure to accept the invitation.  Call 745-HELP if you do not know how to do this.
  • Due Tuesday, October 11
    • Chapter 1-5 in the Workbook will be graded.  All students are required to bring the Workbook to class.
    • Complete Theory In A Box Chapter 8
    • Workbook pp.63-68,Make a scan of the four pages, combine the scanned pages into one document (pdf), upload the document to OneDrive/Theory I/pp.63-68.
    • Find or create your own text for a Halloween song that you are going to be composing in the near future for this class.  The text may not be long. Spooky or funny or childlike or horrific–all fine but have fun!  Be ready to read your text in class.  Find one article one the internet about setting a song text and how to do that.  After reading your text in class report on one idea about song-writing and text setting.

Current Due Dates for InQuizative for the rest of the semester.  Subject to change

Due Oct. 18/20:

  • In your notes:
    • define all terms on p 144 of the textbook
    • answer all questions on p. 144 of the textbook
    • Look up figured bass and know its history!
  • Complete Try It Nos 1-6 in the Textbook and complete the first three odd pages in the Workbook for Chapter 7
  • Read Chapter 7 in the Textbook (We start Ch.7 Tuesday)
  • Check this web page in the near future for the new Blog Assignment
  • All of the Workbook Ch. 6 Complete (We finish this on Tuesday)
  • Complete InQuizative Ch. 6 by due date above (Sunday!)
  • Continue Theory In A Box
  • Due October 23  Write a reply to the “What’s In a Prize?” blog.
  • Due October 30 Write four comments to four separate “What’s In a Prize?” replies.What’s in a prize? The Pulitzer Prize for Music?
  • Due October 27 (Thursday). Halloween Song/Piece. Minimum 8 measures.  The work may be very simple.  Text optional.  View Finale video tutorials and instructional videos.  Note the tutorials are very important so do locate those. Use the computers in the lab.  Bring questions to class this week and next. Create a finished score as a .musx file, as a .pdf and also an audio file.
  • Due November 1:  Be sure all odd pages in Ch. 7 Workbook are complete, especially pp 77 and 79.
    • Read Chapter 8
    • Workbook chapter 8 pp 81, 83, 85
    • Chapter 7, view the video on figured bass:  Canvas/Music Theory I/Modules/Videos
  • Due Nov. 6:  Theory In A Box All Chapters.
  • Due Nov. 3:  Ch 8 Workbook Odd pages.
  • Due Nov 6, SUNDAY:
  • Due Nov. 8:  Workbook Chapter 8 all odd pages, Chapter 7 all even pages
  • Due Nov. 9:  InQuizative Review Quiz for Chapters 5-8.  Allow several 40 minute sessions to complete
  • Due Nov 10:  Workbook Chapters 6, 7, and 8 all problems completed for a grade.  Submit to instructor during the exam.

THURSDAY NOV. 10:  MIDTERM EXAM NO. 2- CHAPTERS 5-8.  Download-chapters-5-8-review-topics

  • Due Nov 14, Monday:  InQuizative for Chapter 9.  This is your only assignment.  There will be no extension for this assignment.  Read Chapter 9 and complete all InQuizative Questions.
  • Due Nov. 17, Workbook Chapter 9 All, Read p181-190 and do TryIt 1 and TryIt2.
  • Due Nov 20,  InQuizative Chapter 10
  • Due Nov. 22 , Extra Credit for Midterm Exam:  Intervals.  Download these two worksheets and complete them.  Take them to SI and have the answers checked.  The student instructor will check your answers.  Any missed questions must be explained by the student working on the worksheets to the student instructor.  The instructor will then initial the worksheets once all problems are worked and correct.  Students are to then submit the worksheets to Professor Skeirik through OneDrive/Music Theory I/Extra Credit.  Assignment is optional.
    • Worksheet One: 3104-intervals-up-and-down
    • Worksheet Two:  3204-chromatic-intervals-up-and-down
    • Students who have all intervals correct  will receive all points back on the Intervals Midterm Question No.1  Each one error on the worksheet will result in two less points returned to the student on the Midterm Exam.
    • Submit
  • Due Nov. 22 Workbook:  pp. 105 and113 and 117 by the end of class time.  Submit to OneDrive/Music Theory I/Chapters 9 and 10.
  • Due Nov. 29
    • Attend SI before lecture for help on this. Read the textbook carefully  on suspensions.  View this video: Suspension Video. Take Notes.  Write out a list of rules for writing suspensions.  List all the parts of suspensions, list all the types, explain which parts of the suspension falls on the beat, explain what we mean by preparation, explain what we mean by resolution, explain which intervals are used, explain which parts of the beat each component of the suspension falls on, explain where we use ties.
    • Workbook: pp. 119-120 completed for class.  Each class member will present a different problem and solve it.
  • Due Dec. 1
    • Revised notes on suspension.  Must be neatly presented, does not have to be typed.
    • Make sure Chapter 10 Workbook is finished.
    • Workbook Chapter 11 pp. 129-130 all.
  • Due Dec. 6
    • Continue Chapter 10  Review in Class
    • Workbook Chapter 11 pp. 129-136
    • Read Chapter 12.
    • Final Blog Assignment:  To be listed soon!
  • Due Dec 9, Friday:  Reply to the Caroline Shaw blog.  Follow the prompt, view the websites, utilize the vocabulary in your textbook.
  • Due  Dec 13 Monday by 11:59pm:  Post four comments to replies on the Caroline Shaw blog.
  •  REVISED ASSIGNMENT Due  Dec 13 Monday
    • Use Finale.
    • Select a Cantus Firmus from the textbook or the workbook.  It should be at least 10 to 12 notes in length. Use it to write Species 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Model all work on lecture, workbook and textbook examples, you are allowed to copy from the workbook and textbook!
    • NEW Label the CF and the CPT (Use the text tool)
    • NEW Using the lyric tool add the intervals to the CPT voice.
      • Write a Species 1 with the CF in the treble.
      • Write a Species 2 with the CF in the bass.
      • Write a Species 3 with the CF in the bass (1 cambiata required)
      • Write a Species 4 with the CF in treble with (2-3 suspension required plus 2 other suspensions, chain suspension accepted)
      • NEW Write a Species 4 with the CF in bass (4-3  required plus 2 other suspensions, chain suspension accepted)
    • This is a graded Assignment.
    • Triple save your document (three different places!!!)
    • Submit to OneDrive for a grade by Monday morning at 10:00 AM, do not submit late!
  • See the university schedule for the date/time of the Final Exam.
  • Be sure to complete your blog entry, your 4 blog replies, counterpoint project, Workbook through Chapter 11 to p. 133, read all of the textbook through Chapter 11 and Complete Inquisitive Nos 1-12 as assigned.
  • Be sure to review:  intervals, modes, 7th chords, figured bass and Roman numerals, species counterpoint 1-4 and Chapter 11.  The final exam is comprehensive.

9 thoughts on “Music Theory I

  1. Today, in this world, the spheres of music are unbelievable! Broadways new “Hamilton” is creative because it is rap musical and it is also educational. “Hamilton”, the musical came out on September 25th 2015. Many history teachers are obsessed with this musical. They even play some of the songs for their lectures.
    In the classical sphere, Aaron Copland had many pieces. Some high school bands even play his compositions. My favorite Aaron Copland piece that I played in high school was “Fanfare For the Common Man.” I loved the harmonies of this piece. The trumpets part was my favorite.
    In the contemporary sphere of the 21st century a great composer is Eric Whitacre. Eric Whitacre has crazy compositions. I love it. I like how the harmonies resolve but in a rather different way. It is so fascinating! Eric Whitacre has a virtual choir on Youtube. Very interesting.
    Electronic dance and other type of genre music seems to be affected by consumption. When a song becomes a hit people around the world talk to other peers about it and that’s how the song gets even more popular.
    In the photo above, this picture shows music. If people picture themselves out on the beach they can hear the beautiful sounds of nature. People can hear the waves, birds chirping to communicate with their flock. People can also hear the wind. All of these are examples of music in nature.
    In conclusion, the spheres of music are very creative in the popular sphere, classical sphere, and the contemporary sphere. If you are outside you can hear music. It can just be the wind blowing, birds chirping and many other sounds.

    1. I’d never heard of Eric Whitacre until today. I looked him up and listened to a few of his pieces. I especially liked the piece “Alleluia”. It reminded me a lot of Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria.” The movement and dissonances happening were a pleasure to listen to. I definitely heard nature in the music. It reminded me particularly of the sky at sunset. The different parts sounded like they could each be one of the rays of sun you see over the beautiful colors of the sky.

  2. Popular music has always been up in the air as to whether or not it’s a creative art form. Most performers don’t write their own music, and often the ones who do follow carbon copies of other hits they’ve written for another star. All the same, there is a need within the human mind to want something different for a moment, even if one ends up back in old habits. For example, in recent seasons of music, the male vocalist’s falsetto has been a favorite. Before, it was safe to say that female pop stars ruled the roost. Although these shifts in creativity seem wonderful, the downfall of any kind of fad is that it is over done to the point where there is nothing but copies of what worked before and we get tired of it. A thriving human mind must be occupied by new thoughts and ideas, otherwise we get bored of sitting on our hands, or our intelligence for that matter. There are only so many times you can hear a single song before it becomes old. And despite the influx of new styles here and there, pop music seems to dominate music in a very redundant way.

  3. A) For pop music, the creativity is coming from artist who create music from their culture that will move them first. It is easy to dance to as well less abrasive compared to rap or hip hop that can be raw at times. For Classical, that genre will be preserved. I think there is opportunity for new artist to emerge to create that type of music that is moving. In addition, For contemporary, It is a wide open. I think that there potential for that field because, not every one is into pop or classical. Contemporary music provides an alternative for people for fall into that category, It can range from alternative to Gospell For the second part of this question, it is very difficult to answer that question because, it is vague. What designs are you referring to? Finally, the picture provides that music is not always smooth. It can be syncopated, It can reflect many moods. Music can convey those moods. It can be soft or vigorous.

  4. A) For the pop side of music, I think the creativity is heading away from hip hop and rap to a more easier type of music to sing and dance to. For classical, I think that genre of music will be preserved because, of the demand for it along with new artist such as Yo Yo ma who will incorporate different rythmns in their music. For contemporary part, I think that is an area to exploit and developed more because, of the artist creativity is appealing to audiences around the world. I think the contemporary field is being broadened by artist ranging from Gospel to Jazz because, people are tired of listening to music that is abrasive and vulgar. They want something that is diiffers from that and still move them and relate to. For the second part of this question, it is difficult to answer that question because, it is vague, What are referring to? What designs ? For the final of this question, the picture above could possible demonstrate that music beats and rythmns aren’t always smooth. They can broken up, or smooth. They can be rough or soft.

  5. There are three parts to this question and, I will answer question in three parts. A) For pop music, I feel that the trend is leaving hip hop and rap to a more dancible and sing along music. Some people are fed up with some raunchiness that is in the music world. For the classical part, the orginal compositions of Bach and Mozart will be treasured but, artist such as YoYo Ma has sparked a new generaton of artist who will incorporate different rythmns into their music. For the contemporary side of music, there are new artist from different genres ranging from Jazz to Gospel who creativity has a broad appeal to audiences around that will appreciate their art. For the second part of this question, I don’t how to respond to this part of the question because, it is vague; therefore, I won’t . For the third part, I believe that the picture above could state that music is not always smooth. Just as life, it can be soft or loud. It can be gentle or vigorous.

  6. For the pop music part, I believe pop music is moving from Rap and Hip Hop to a more danceable form and easy to sing to. Some people are tired of hearing lyrics that are vulgar. For the classical side, I believe there are artist such as Yo Yo Ma who try very hard to incorporate other ethnic rythmns into their music to enhance classical performance. In addition, I believe that in the area of classical music, the original sounds of Bach and Beethoven will be preserved. As for contemporary music, I believe that there is growth for in the contemporary field; artist from many genres including Gospel and Adult cotemporary have moved in are doing well to fill the need of those who something different from Pop and Classical. For the second part of this question, it has been very difficult for me answer because, the second part of is vague. What do you mean by designs? For the final question, the picture above represents that music like life is not always smooth and easy. It is sometimes broken or syncopated. It can be soft or rough.

  7. For the pop music part, I believe pop music is moving from Rap and Hip Hop to a more danceable form and easy to sing to. Some people are tired of hearing lyrics that are raunchy. For the classical side, I believe there are artist such as Yo Yo Ma who try very hard to incorporate other beats from various backgrounds into their music to enhance classical performance. In addition, I believe that in the area of classical music, the Classical sounds of Bach and Beethoven will be preserved because, there are people young and old who will appreciate that music. As for contemporary music, I believe that there is growth for in the contemporary field; artist from many genres including Gospel and Adult cotemporary have moved in are doing well to fill the need of those who something different from Pop and Classical. For the second part of this question, it has been very difficult for me answer because, the second part of is vague. What do you mean by designs? For the final question, the picture above represents that music like life is not always smooth and easy. It is sometimes broken or syncopated. It can be soft or rough.

  8. For the pop music part, I believe pop music is moving from Rap and Hip Hop to a more danceable form and easy to sing to. Some people are tired of hearing lyrics that are vulgar. For the classical side, I believe there are artist such as Yo Yo Ma who try very hard to incorporate other ethnic rythmns into their music to enhance classical performance. In addition, I believe that in the area of classical music, the original sounds of Bach and Beethoven will be preserved. As for contemporary music, I believe that there is growth for in the contemporary field; artist from many genres including Gospel and Adult cotemporary have moved in are doing well to fill the need of those who something different from Pop and Classical. For the second part of this question, it has been very difficult for me answer because, the second part of is vague. What do you mean by designs? For the final question, the picture above represents that music like life is not always smooth and easy. It is sometimes broken or syncopated. It can be soft or rough just like life

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