Maloney Department of Music & Theatre

Music Theory ECE

 

This is a UCONN ECE Course that is certified by the university. 
This course can acquire college credits.

*Students have the option of taking the AP Music Theory Course in May of the academic year if they work with the instructor to plan an accelerated path to prepare them for the test. Students must start this no later than the end of the first term. 

Text: Tonal Harmony Text/Workbook, Kostka-Payne

Required Materials: Staff paper notebook, lined paper notebook, several No. 2 pencils

Technology: Finale, Musition, SightReadingFactory software

Grading Criteria:

  • 20% Homework assignments
  • 20% Class Quizzes
  • 20% Class assignments/ear training exercises
  • 20% Exams
  • 20% Projects assigned throughout the year

Notes:

  • Extra help is always available before and after school and by appointment.
  • Several books are available to you in the band library, as well as information on the lab computers. I encourage you to take advantage of these tools throughout the year.
  • You can contact me with theory questions at the following email address brian.cyr@meridenk12.org

Sample Course Outline by Week:

Note: Ear training is not listed in the outline, but will take place every week. Homework and reading assignments as well as some projects will be announced in class. Review elements are also not listed, but will take place weekly.

Week I

  • Course introduction
  • Rhythm activities
  • Basic musical symbols
  • Simple/duple meter

Week II

  • Rhythm review/activities
  • Basic pitch symbols
  • Basic elements of pitch
  • Note names

Week III

  • Tempo/dynamics
  • Accidentals 
  • Melody analysis
  • Begin singing in class

Week IV

  • Half/whole steps
  • The piano keyboard
  • Reinforcers/review/activities
  • Tetrachords
  • Maj-min scales

Week V

  • Maj-min scales continued
  • Scale degrees
  • Solfedge

Week VI

  • Reinforce m&m scales and all m forms
  • Quick mode intro/history revelance
  • Key signatures

Week VII

  • Key Signatures
  • Cycle of 5ths
  • Key relationships

Week VIII

  • Melodic dictation starts
  • Key review
  • Assessment #1

Week IX

  • Triads
  • Triadic Inversions

Week X

  • Melody analysis
  • Simple composition

Week XI

  • Figured bass
  • Melody analysis

Week XII

  • 7th chords
  • 7th inversions

Week XIII

  • Roman numerals 
  • Chord progression chart given out
  • Basic composition

Week XIV

  • Voice Leading rules
  • Basic composition

Week XV

  • Homophonic analysis
  • Voice leading rules
  • Basic composition
  • Review

Week XVI

  • Review
  • Mid-term exam

Week XVII

  • Secondary dominants
  • Basic composition using all
  • I IV V I Progression

Week XVIII

  • Cadences
  • Melodic sequence

Week XIX

  • SATB Writing

Week XX

  • Species counterpoint

Week XXI

  • Harmonizing a melody
  • Chord progression

Week XXII

  • Part writing with inversions
  • Treatment of 6/4 chords

Week XXIII

  • Phrasing and periods
  • Analysis
  • Texture terms

Week XXIV

  • NCT’s

Week XXV

  • Modulation 
  • Harmonic rhythm

Week XXVI

  • Part writing with 7th chords
  • All inclusive composing

Week XXVII

  • Composition

Week XXIX

  • Review
  • Administering of the AP exam

Week XXX

  • Review

Week XXXI

  • Review
  • Test week

Week XXXII & XXXIII

  • Final project time

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