MU160 Introduction to Music Theory

for FA 2004

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COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Music Theory

COURSE DESCRIPTOR: Requirement for the major

TERM: Fall 2004

FACULTY MEMBER: Timothy Corrao, M.M.

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: artist-in-Residence


FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. M-W; 11 a.m.-Noon, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. F



DATES OF TERM: August 23 – December 10

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: M-W-F (Classroom); T-R (Lab)

CLASS SESSION TIME: 9-9:50 a.m. (Classroom); 8:45-10:00 (Lab)

PREREQUISITE: MU 160 or permission of Program Director


The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.


Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the fundaments of harmony and basic elements of sight-singing, melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation, keyboard, timbre, texture, and form used both in aural and visual analysis. Course has a required laboratory session. Pre-requisite: MU 1X0. 3:2:2

FACULTYS EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: In order to be a truly complete musician you must understand how the music works from within. Skill as a performer is only one side of the coin. Just as a computer technician must know the principles of how computers work, so must you know the principles of melody, harmony, counterpoint, and all the other aspects of music in order to truly learn your music and play with understanding. My aim is to equip you with these skills, not for their own sake, but to give you a foundation to support your study and performance.


You will become familiar with and become proficient in basic elements of melodic construction (including scales and key signatures, rhythm, etc.). You will also learn to apply the principles of part-writing.

You will learn to apply these concepts practically at the keyboard.

You will develop proficiency in hearing and singing at sight by means of aural dictation and sung exercises.

You will have regular assignments to be completed out of class.

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Ottman, Robert. Elementary Harmony Theory and Practice, 5th ed. and

Music for Sight-singing, 6th ed. (Upper Saddle River, N. J. Prentice-Hall)

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism -- the appropriate or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as ones original work -- sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of F. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: All late assignments will lose one letter grade for each day late.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Based on daily in-class participation and outside assignments completed ina timely manner.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: The basis of classroom conduct is mutual respect. I assume that you are all here to learn and will expect a courteous, respectful attitude from and toward everyone. In keeping with a learning environment that is free from distractions, all students will set their cell phones and pagers to vibrate or turn them off. If you must take a call, leave the room. I believe in a relaxed, friendly classroom environment. Please help to maintain it.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park Universitys policy to comply with fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park Universitys policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:



1-2 Aug. 23-Sept. 3 Basics

3-5 Sept. 7 – 24 Ottman Chapter 1-3

Tonic and Dominant

6-7 Sept. 27-Oct. 8 The Subdominant

Ottman Chapter 6

8 Oct. 11-15 MIDTERM EXAM

Fall Recess Oct. 16-24

9-10 Oct. 25-Nov. 5 The Melodic Line

Ottman Chapter 7

11-13 Nov. 8-24 C-Clefs & Transposing Clefs

Ottman Chapter 8

14-15 Nov. 29-Dec. 10 The Triad in Inversion

Ottman Chapter 9

Final Exams Dec. 13-17


Your grade will be based on the following:

Daily work in class 60%

Outside assignments & ongoing exams 40%