Music 395—Special Studies in Music Theory: Form & Analysis

Syllabus 2001

Elmhurst College

Dr. Mark Harbold

Course Goals
Materials You Will Need
Course Activities & Requirements
Course Schedule
Course Policies
Important URLs
How to Find Me
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Important Announcements

Welcome to Music 395—Form & Analysis. First class meeting will be Tuesday, August 28, 2001.

Course Goals

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Materials You Will Need

Required materials—

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Course Activities & Requirements


This scale will be used to determine grades: A = 90%; B = 80%; C = 70%; D = 70%.

Your final grade will be based on the following—
Weekly Assignments  12 @   3%
 Quizzes    5 @ 10%
 Final Exam    1 @  16%

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About Assignments and Testing

Weekly Assignments—Assignment include readings from your texts (or books and articles on Reserve in the library) and analytical exercises drawn from scores in the Burkhart Anthology. Each assignment is worth a maximum of 30 points. They are graded as follows:
A (superior work) 30 pts. 100 %
B (good work) 26 pts.   87 %
C (could be better) 22 pts.   73 %
F (below minimum standard) 15 pts.   50 %
L (turned in late) 20 pts.   67 %
I (incomplete) varies varies

For incomplete worksheets, points vary according to percentage completed. F papers can be corrected and resubmitted within one week for a better grade (B or C).

Quizzes—Quizzes at the end of each unit include analysis of complete scores and excerpts. In some cases you may be assigned a score to take home in preparation for the quiz. Quizzes will take about an hour. Quizzes will not be made up. Quiz dates are on the Schedule below.

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Final Exam—The final exam presents the same kinds of analytical problems found in the quizzes. Its main focus will be Unit 6 (Free Forms and Special Topics), but the Final should be regarded as comprehensive due to the eclectic nature of Unit 6.

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Course Outline
Unit 1 Fundamental Analytical Tools and Concepts (Chapters 1-3)
Unit 2 Sectional Forms (Chapters 4-5, 9)
Unit 3 Sonata Forms (Chapters 8-9)
Unit 4 Contrapuntal Forms (Chapter 6)
Unit 5 Variation Forms (Chapter 7)
Unit 6 Free Forms and Special Topics (Chapter 10)

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Aug 28
Unit 1—Analytical Tools
Structural Phenomena
Read—Ch. 1, pp. 1-30
Aug 30
Unit 1—Analytical Tools
Structural Units
Read—Ch. 2, pp. 31-50
Sept 4
Unit 1—Analytical Tools
Structural Functions
Read—Ch. 3, pp. 51-60
Worksheet 1 Due
Sept 6
Unit 2—Sectional Forms
Simple & Rounded Binary Forms
Read—Ch. 4, pp. 4, 61-75
Sept 11
Unit 2—Sectional Forms
Simple Ternary Form
Read—Ch. 5, pp. 76-91
Quiz One (Ch. 1-3)
Sept 13
Unit 2—Sectional Forms
Composite Ternary Form; Binary vs. Ternary Form
Read—Ch. 5, pp. 91-95
Worksheet 2 Due
Sept 18
Unit 2—Sectional Forms
Rondo Form & Ragtime
Read—Ch. 9, pp. 170-182
Worksheet 3 Due
Sept 20
Unit 3—Sonata Forms
Sonata Forms 1
Read—Ch. 8, pp. 141-169
Sept 25
Unit 3—Sonata Forms
Sonata Forms 2
Quiz Two (Ch. 5)
Sept 27
Unit 3—Sonata Forms
Sonata Forms 3
Worksheet 4 Due
Oct 2
Unit 3—Sonata Forms
Sonata-Rondo & Concert Overture
Read—Ch. 9, pp. 182-194
Oct 4
Unit 3—Sonata Forms
Sonata Forms in the 20th Century
Worksheet 5 Due
Oct 9
Unit 4—Imitative Forms
Invention & Canon
Read—Ch. 6, pp. 96-108
Oct 11
Unit 4—Imitative Forms
Introduction to Fugue
Read—Ch. 6, pp. 108-120
Quiz Three (Ch. 7) 
Oct 16
Unit 4—Imitative Forms
Fugue 1
Worksheet 6 Due
Oct 18
Unit 4—Imitative Forms
Fugue 2
Worksheet 7 Due
Oct 23
Unit 4—Imitative Forms
Concerto Grosso & Chorale Prelude
Oct 25
Unit 4—Imitative Forms
Motet & Madrigal
Worksheet 8 Due
Oct 30
Unit 5—Variation Forms
Ostinato, Passacaglia, & Chaconne
Read—Ch. 7, pp. 121-132
Nov 1
Unit 5—Variation Forms
Introduction to Theme & Variations
Read—Ch. 7, pp. 132-140
Quiz Four (Ch. 13)
Nov 6
Unit 5—Variation Forms
Theme & Variations 1
Worksheet 9 Due
Nov 8
Unit 5—Variation Forms
Thematic Transformation & Tone Poem
Nov 13
Unit 5—Variation Forms
Leitmotives & Continuous Variations
Worksheet 10 Due
Nov 15
Unit 6—Special Topics
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Nov 20
Unit 6—Special Topics
Schenkerian Analysis 2
Quiz Five (Ch. 17-18)
Nov 22—Thanksgiving
Nov 27
Unit 6—Special Topics
Schenkerian Analysis 3
Nov 29
Unit 6—Special Topics
Arch & Open Forms
Read—Ch. 10, pp. 195-210
Worksheet 11 Due
Dec 4
Unit 6—Special Topics
Free Forms 1
Dec 6
Unit 6—Special Topics
Free Forms 2
Worksheet 12 Due
Thursday, Dec 13
Final Exam, 1-3 pm

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Course Policies

Class Participation

Attendance and participation are important. Under normal circumstances, tell me ahead of time if you must miss class. In emergencies, present a note from your doctor, the college health service, or the Dean when you return. You can be absent or late up to three times each without penalty; further lateness or absences will count against your final grade.

Academic Dishonesty

This course follows the guidelines described in the E-Book. Any attempt to submit someone else’s work, words, or ideas as if they were your own is plagiarism, which may result in a “zero” for the assignment, an “F” for the course, or referral to the Dean of Students. Click here to read the E-Book’s Code of Academic Integrity.

Elmhurst College Disabilities Policy

Elmhurst College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this course, please contact the Director of Advising at 103 Goebel Hall (617-3450).

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Important URLs

EC Web-based Email—

Music Department Web Page—

Mark Harbold’s Web Page—

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How to Find Me

If you need assistance of any kind in this course, please contact me. You can see me during office hours, or make an appointment.
Office Irion 113
Office Hours MW 1:00-2:00
TTh 2:30-3:30
Phone 630.617.3521
Fax 630.617.3738

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Page created 5/08/01 by Mark Harbold—last updated 5/08/01.