Theory IV Syllabus-Fa19-1.doc - MUSC 471 Music Theory IV Fall Semester 2019 Prerequisites Passing grade in MUSC 371 Instructor Dr Brandon Derfler Phone

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MUSC 471 Music Theory IV Fall Semester 2019 Prerequisites: Passing grade in MUSC 371. Instructor: Dr. Brandon Derfler Phone: 801.832.2441 E-mail: [email protected] Office: Jewett Center “I” Office Hours: Tu 1:30–3:30 and W 12:30–3:30 Course Website: see Canvas Class Times: Tu/Th 10:00–11:15 Class Location: Jewett Center, Room MUSTCH Required Texts: (Available at Bookstore) 1) Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne, Tonal Harmony , 8 th ed. 2) Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne, Workbook for Tonal Harmony , 8 th ed. 3) Stefan Kostka and Matthew Santa, Materials and Techniques of Post-Tonal Music , 5 th ed. In addition to the textbook and workbook, please bring to every class: music staff paper, regular notebook paper, pencil(s) and eraser. Course Description and Learning Goals: MUSC 471 begins by examining the advanced chromaticism that brought an end to the common-practice period, and then explores a wide variety of musical styles, compositional techniques, and analytical systems from the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics covered include musical impressionism, atonal set theory, twelve-tone theory, and the elements of music as reinterpreted through modernist and post- modernist practice: scales, chords, voice leading, chord succession, rhythm and meter, form, and timbre. This course partially satisfies requirements for the following college-wide learning goals: Critical thinking Creativity The intent of the course is for you to achieve the following learning outcomes: To gain a greater understanding of 20 th - and 21 st -century harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic practice and its attendant analytical systems, including a thorough grounding in set theory. To become proficient in the analysis of non-tonal music using analytical methods devised by 20 th -century music theorists. To learn the terminology used in post-tonal harmonic analysis and practice. To create some brief free composition assignments using compositional techniques learned in class.
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To be able to critically examine analytical approaches developed for 20 th - and 21 st -century music and to discuss both their strengths and weaknesses. To use critical thinking skills to overcome analytical dilemmas. To develop a broader appreciation for the many varied musical styles used in compositions from the last 125 years. To find ways in which these music theoretic concepts inform your music- making activities. Your responsibilities (other than showing up for lectures each day) are homework assignments (including analyses, listening assignments, and brief composition exercises) and four examinations, some of which may take the form of a project. Class Policies: Homework: Assignments will be given about once a week. LATE HOMEWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED . If you know you will miss a class, let me know in advance and make sure any assigned homework gets to me early. Homework may be submitted in class or via Canvas/email. All homework assignments and some class handouts can be downloaded from Canvas. Homework will not be accepted in ink. (Use pencil
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