MU415 Independent Study in Music

for SP 2011

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MU 415 Independent Study in Music


SP 2011 HOX


Stolzel, Ingrid


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Class Days


Class Time

3:50 - 5:05 PM

Credit Hours


There is no textbook, however readings are an essential part of this class. Readings from a wide variety of sources will be handed out in class.

In addition, you will be responsible to download the following essays from JSTOR:

Leonard B. Meyer. “Critical Analysis and Performance: The Theme of Mozart’s A Major Piano Sonata.” New Literary History, Vol. 2, No. 3 (1971): 461-476.

Janet Schmalfeldt. “On the Relation of Analysis to Performance: Beethoven’s “Bagatelles” Op. 126, Nos.2 and 5.” Journal of Music Theory, Vol. 29 (1985): 1-31.

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Course Description:
MU 415 Independent Study in Music - Music Analysis and Performance:
Through study of musical works and readings, the course explores how analytical perspectives enrich our understanding of music and inform our approaches to the performance of music. Broad topics include concepts of rhythm and meter (hypermeter, phrase rhythm) as well as linear considerations in the analysis of music.

Class Assessment:
Short Paper – 25%
This will be a guided analysis of a short work. The instructor will supply several questions that should get you going in your analysis of a given work.  3-5 typed pages (double spaced) and analysis on score.

Performance and Analysis Presentation – 25%
Pick a short piece (with instructor approval) from the common practice period for analysis and perform the piece in class.  Your presentation should address issues of analysis such as phrase structure, harmonic structure, motivic and thematic transformations. Most of all, how did your analysis guide your performance? Bring copies of the score for your classmates. A handout of analytical discoveries is optional.

Term Paper – Final – 30%
Write a 5-7 page paper (double spaced) about the piece you picked for your presentation. Include the score analysis with your paper.

Attendance and Preparation for class: 20%

Short Paper – 25%
Performance and Analysis Presentation – 25%
Term Paper – Final – 30%
Attendance and Preparation for class: 20%

Grading scale: 
A 93 – 100 
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 60 – 69
F below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
NO LATE WORK will be accepted, unless approval from instructor prior to due date.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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