MUS 110, Music Theory IWilliam Wieland
Northern State University — Every Fall Semester — Sections 1 & 2
Instructor: Dr. William Wieland
Office: Spafford Hall Room 304
Phone: 626-2499
Office Hours: Please refer to my Class Schedule.
E-mail Address:
Course Description: An integrated study and application of tonality, melody, harmony, texture and form, from music notation through modulation. Includes sight singing, ear training and dictation. Introduction to composition and arranging, i.e. instrument ranges, transposition, tessitura and preliminary score analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructional Methods: Listening, lecture, discussion, analysis, singing, playing, composing, arranging, Internet tutorials, online drills, computer software, quizzes, speed quizzes, and a comprehensive final exam.
Materials: Please acquire music notation software. Several are free online. Please bring a pencil, paper, scratch paper, and staff paper to every class. (Other sizes of free staff paper can be printed from my web site. Go to Theory Things and look under Staff Paper.) You will also receive handouts.
Free Online Materials:Theory Thingsmusictheory.netmusic theory & history onlineteorí

  Fundamentals, Function, and FormMusic Theory for the 21st-Century ClassroomOpen Music Theory
Great Apps:
Good Music Theory Textbooks: (not required)
 Burstein & Straus. Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony. 2nd ed. W.W. Norton, 2020.
 Kostka & Payne. Tonal Harmony. 8th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2017.
Objectives: (from the NASM Handbook 2021–22, Section VIII. B. Common Body of Knowledge and Skills)
1. c. Students must acquire the ability to read at sight with fluency.
2. a. Students must acquire an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, the ability to employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses, and the ability to take aural dictation.
2. b. Students must acquire sufficient understanding of and capability with musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge and skill in compositional, performance, analytical, scholarly, and pedagogical applications according to the requisites of their specializations.
3. Students must acquire a rudimentary capacity to create original or derivative music.
5. While synthesis is a lifetime process, by the end of undergraduate study students must be able to work on musical problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition/improvisation; and history and repertory.
Performance Standards / Grading Policies: I weigh MUS 110 grades as follows:
A — 90% to 100%
B — 80% to 90%
C — 70% to 80%
D — 60% to 70%
F — Below 60%
To pass MUS 110, you must Exception: If your semester grade average is 70% or higher, but your final exam grade is in the 50s, you will receive a D rather than an F for the semester.
Score Your Quiz
Quizzes: You may retake any quiz during my office hours before 5:00 pm on the last day of class. However, you may only retake a particular quiz or performing evaluation once a day. I will record only the highest grades. Note: Even if you earn a good grade on the first attempt at a quiz, you may wish to take it again as a review. Most quiz material appears on the final exam.
What is an A? An A is going beyond what is usual. Students who simply meet minimum course requirements earn Bs or Cs. An A indicates extraordinary work and a B is a good grade.
Attendance: Regular daily attendance is strongly recommended and is required during class exercises, activities and quizzes. Of course, those with certified and serious reasons for missing class will be accomodated. Excessive absenteeism or tardiness usually results in lower grades. Students are responsible for information missed as a result of being absent or tardy.
Academic Honesty: Please refer to the South Dakota Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct.
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Caveat: This syllabus is subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.