San José State University School of Music and Dance MUSC 10B, Introduction to Music, Fall 2018

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1 Course and Contact Information San José State University School of Music and Dance MUSC 10B, Introduction to Music, Fall 2018 Instructor: Carl Oser Office Location: MUS Office Hours: Class Days/Time: Final Exam: Fridays 9AM-10AM and by appointment Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00AM to 10:15AM Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:15AM to 9:30AM Classroom: MUS 266 GE/SJSU Studies Category: Arts (C1) MYSJSU Messaging Course materials such as syllabus, handouts, notes, assignment instructions, etc. can be found on Canvas Leaning Management System course login website at You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU at to learn of any updates. Course Description This course is an introduction to music through piano playing, listening, and discussion. Our study will include the analysis of expressive elements in music qualities of sound, rhythm, pitch, and structure. The purpose of this introductory course is to develop in students: (1) A basic understanding of music (including note reading) (2) Aural listening and music reading skills that lead to heightened musical perception Piano playing is used as a vehicle for highlighting personal expression and exploring musical relationships. The goal of Introduction to Music is to increase students sensitivity to music in such a way as to enhance their aesthetic response and to affect their aesthetic values. This course emphasizes three dimensions: Introduction to Music, MUSC 10B, Fall 2018 Page 1 of 6

2 (1) a perceptual-conceptual approach to the study of four musical parameters (sound, rhythm, pitch and structure) (2) the use of diverse music (old-new, Western-non-Western, popular- art ) (3) engaging students in several musicianly roles in the learning process: analyzing aurally and visually, performing, and evaluating. Approximately two-thirds of each class meeting will be devoted to listening and fundamentals/theory and one-third to experiences through the piano. GE Learning Outcomes (GELO) 1. Examine the interaction of analytical and creative processes through both listening to diverse music(s) and performing them. 2. Recognize aesthetic qualities and processes that characterize works of the human intellect and imagination by studying and listening to significant works of art in both classroom and concert venues. 3. Discuss subjective reactions to musical examples and analyze the expressive qualities that evoke responses. 4. Examine the historical and/or cultural contexts of works studied in the classroom, programmed on concerts, and performed in class. 5. Write clearly and effectively in accordance with current GE guidelines. Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Identify musical features in listening examples in both response and narrative formats. 2. Identify musical features in selected notated piano music. 3. Identify pitch names in the treble and bass clefs, major and minor keys, certain chords, note values and chord types from standard musical notation. 4. Construct scales, some chords, and diagram a counting system for passages from music literature. 5. Perform short pieces of diverse styles at the piano. 6. Complete at least 6 pages of concert reports using appropriate terminology, clarity of expressed ideas and correct spelling, grammar, syntax and organization. Required Texts/Readings Textbook Cengage Advantage Books: The Piano Advantage: Concise Introduction for Beginners, 1st Edition, Carolynn A. Lindeman (Required) Available at the Spartan bookstore and on the Internet Introduction to Music, MUSC 10B, Fall 2018 Page 2 of 6

3 Manuscript paper or manuscript paper notebook (Required) Manuscript-Paper-Green/dp/ Other Readings You can print manuscript paper for free: at Optional Materials Digital or physical metronome (e.g. Tempo metronome app): Headphones 6.3mm (1/4 inch) to 3.5 mm Male to Female Stereo Adapter Additionally, there are many Internet sites designed to help with dictation and ear training, for example, ( Teoria ( and the Theta Music Trainer ( Classroom Protocol All class meetings will start on time with attendance being taken daily at the beginning of the class. Attendance and participation at class sessions is absolutely essential and mandatory. There will be in-class quizzes and activities which will be graded, thus missing classes or being late will affect your grade. Beyond attending class regularly, students must spend sufficient time outside of class for preparation, practice, and study. Laptops may be used during class only by ing the instructor and receiving permission. Permission to use a laptop in class may be taken away at any time for any reason. CELL PHONES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM UNLESS BY SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM THE INSTRUCTOR. CELL PHONES ARE TO BE STORED IN STUDENTS BACKPACKS/PURSES FROM BEFORE THE STUDENT ENTERS THE CLASSROOM UNTIL AFTER THE STUDENT LEAVES THE CLASSROOM. VISIBLE CELL PHONES WILL BE TAKEN AWAY. SJSU s University s Credit Hour Requirement: Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 45 hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus. As this is a three-unit course meeting 2.5 hrs per week, students will be expected to work 6.5 hours per week outside of class to succeed in this course. Course Requirements and Assignments Introduction to Music, MUSC 10B, Fall 2018 Page 3 of 6

4 A. Projects: Two concert reports on live performances B. Exams: A midterm and final exam, including playing and written work C. Quizzes: Announced and unannounced quizzes at the discretion of the instructor D. Homework: Regular assignments in basic music theory/fundamentals as well as regular keyboard practice Determination of Grades Assigned homework, concert reports, quizzes and exams will be graded. Homework and quizzes may be given at any time. All assignments are due by beginning of class (9:00AM) on the designated due date. o Assignments submitted after the start of the class automatically lose twenty percentage points and twenty additional points for every subsequent class meeting for which the assignment is not turned in. The student is responsible for all material discussed in class, whether present or not. The due dates for assignments do not change because of an absence. Missed quizzes and exams cannot be made up. Should a student be absent from class, they are to confer with another student to review material discussed in class IMPORTANT: Makeups will be offered only if there is a documented medical problem or academic conflict. When a student is traveling on an excused SJSU function (for example, a marching band away game or a large ensemble tour), the student still must turn in their assignments on or before the due date. Students will receive an F for a missed exam. Makeups will be offered only if there is a documented medical problem or documented academic conflict. Individual extra credit is not available for this course. Final Examination or Evaluation The final exam will be Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 7:15AM to 9:30AM Per university policy, students who do not take the final examination during the scheduled time will receive an "F" grade. Grading Information Class Participation and Homework 20% Quizzes (4) 20% Concert Reports (2) 10% Midterm (written and playing): 25% Final Exam (written and playing): 25% Total: 100% Final semester grades will be assigned using the following table: A+ = % A = 98-93% A- = 92-90% B+ = 89-87% B = 86-83% B- = 82-80% Introduction to Music, MUSC 10B, Fall 2018 Page 4 of 6

5 C+ = 79-77% C = 76-73% C- = 72-70% D+ = 69-67% D = 66-63% D- = 62-60% F = 59-0% NOTE: Effective Fall 2017, all MUSC courses carry a final course grade requirement of C or better (not C-) to be considered a passing grade within the School of Music and Dance. University Policies Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs Syllabus Information web page at MUSC 10B / Introduction to Music, Fall 2018, Course Schedule This schedule is subject to change with fair notice. Any changes will be announced in class and sent to the class list and/or posted on Canvas. Course Schedule Week Date Topics, Assignments, Deadlines Readings 1 Aug. 22 Definition of music and parameters Unit 1: Learning the Keyboard Basics (pp. 1-11) 2 Aug. 27 Focus on RHYTHM: clapping and metric exercises Aug. 29 Acquaintance with keyboard; spotting notes; fingering 3 Sep. 3 No class. Labor Day. Sep. 5 Focus on TIMBRE: acoustic and electronic instruments Unit 2: Rhythmic Reading (pp , p. 28) Unit 2: Rhythmic Reading (p. 28) Unit 2: Major Three and Five-Finger Patterns (pp ) 4 Sep. 10 Cont d Sep. 12 Musical vocabulary and listening to pieces of different styles 5 Sep. 17 Practice and Playing Quiz on Major Patterns, Rhythm, and Timbre Unit 3: Reading and Performing Pitch (pp ) Sep. 19 Focus on PITCH: Treble Clef Notation Focus on PITCH: Bass Clef Notation 6 Sep. 24 Review of Treble and Bass Melodies, Notation and Rhythms Sep. 26 Focus on DYNAMICS pp. 116 Unit 4: Reading from the Grand Staff (pp ) Introduction to Music, MUSC 10B, Fall 2018 Page 5 of 6

6 Week Date Topics, Assignments, Deadlines Readings 7 Oct. 1 Quiz on Pitch and Dynamics Focus on PITCH/HARMONY: Major scales, intervals, tonic triads Unit 6: Creating Chord Accompaniments to Melodies (pp ) Oct. 3 Cont d Unit 8: Introducing Upbeats and Incomplete Measures (72-81) 8 Oct. 8 Concert Report I Due Unit 9: Accompanying Melodies with Two Chords (pp ) (Choice of midterm piece) Oct. 10 Review for Midterm Exam 9 Oct. 15 Midterm Exam: Written and Playing Oct. 17 Continuation of PITCH/HARMONY: minor scales, triadic inversions 10 Oct. 22 Review of Melody/Harmony Oct. 24 Quiz on Pitch/Harmony 11 Oct. 29 Focus on FORM: Contemporary pop form Oct. 31 Cont d 12 Nov. 5 Cont d Pop Songs TBD Nov. 7 Cont d 13 Nov. 12 No class! Veterans day. Nov Nov. 19 Cont d Nov. 21 Focus on FORM: Great American Songbook -style form No class! Thanksgiving. 15 Nov. 26 Review of Form Nov. 28 Quiz on Form Choosing piece for final 16 Dec. 3 Concert Report II Due Guest performers in class Dec. 5 Guest performers in class 17 Dec. 10 Last day of instruction Review for Final Exam (Cont d) Final Exam Unit 10: Playing Major Scales and Chords (Pg ) Extending the Challenge (pp ) Unit 7: Discovering the 12-Bar Blues (pp ) Dec. 12 MUS 266 Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 7:15AM to 9:30AM Introduction to Music, MUSC 10B, Fall 2018 Page 6 of 6