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Mus 303 Syllabus

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| Semester Project | Semester Schedule |

Instructor: Dr. Smith, Office: 221, Extension: 3-8929

Office Hours: MWF: 9:10-10:00. The best way to contact me is by email.  Replies will be sent to the return address specified in your message.

Class Hours & Credit:
                         Section 1: MWF, 10:20-11:10 (3 cr.) room 215
                         Section 2: MWF, 11:30-12:20 (3 cr.) room 215


  1. Structure and Style (expanded edition) by Leon Stein
  2. Anthology of Musical Forms by Leon Stein

Course Description: Studies the forms and processes that define musical structure. Prerequisite: (MUS 221 and MUS 231) or International Exchange Student Group

Course Requirements and Grading: Assignments will be given percentage grades: A=90-100, B=80-89, C= 70-79, D=60-69. Use the Grade Calculator to estimate your grade through the semester:

  1. Quizzes, Homework, and Attendance 25%: Assignments must have been completed by the beginning of the period on the date due. There will be no exceptions to the due date. Work submitted after assignments have been collected will be penalized 15 points. Assignments more than one week late will not be accepted. Quizzes may be given without prior announcement and may be made up only in circumstances where the university has required you to miss a class (in such cases advance documentation from the Dean or Director is necessary). Quizzes missed for any other reason may be made up only at the instructor's discretion and will accrue a 15-point deduction. Attendance is required: 3 tardies = 1 absence; two absences are allowed without penalty. Excessive absences may result in a lowering of the grade at the instructor's discretion.
  2. Midterm Exam 25%: Wed., October 17.
  3. Semester Project 25%: Analysis of one movement of a Beethoven piano sonata to be chosen in consultation with the instructor.   Projects of the highest quality will be given opportunity for in-class presentation.  Late projects will accrue a fifteen point deduction in the project grade.
  4. Final Exam 25%:

                         Section 1: Mon., Dec. 10, 10:00-noon
                         Section 2: Wed., Dec. 12, 10:00-noon

How to choose a work to analyze for your semester project: In general,we will be analyzing Beethoven piano sonatas. Exceptions will need to be approved by the instructor.   One group will be given the option of working on a Bach fugue, and another group will work on a minimalistic piece.  Two students may collaborate on a movement and share the grade.  The Beethoven scores may be downloaded from the International Music Score Library Project.  The Projects page contains a list of project ideas and resources.

Listen to the work and study the score extensively. You will find it helpful to mark up the score, so work from a copy. It is your responsibility to use the textbook and lecture notes to identify the form of your work. Before hyperlinking the form to the score and audio your group must meet with Dr. Smith to verify your analysis.  For your semester project you must:

  1. Use the BACH tools to produce an interactive multimedia study of your movement.

          Here is the authoring tool to make your project
          Here is the player that you will use to present your project

    You must outline the form of the work, identifying themes, keys and the overall form, with each section hyperlinked to sound and score.  You must also include a narrative description of the form and history of the work, featuring (where appropriate) hyperlinks to external web pages, graphics, sound and score.
  2. If your project is good, you may be given the opportunity to present your interactive multimedia in class. The presentation, limited to 15 minutes, must begin with a comparison of the thematic material followed by a hearing of the entire movement. Your semester project will be evaluated on the depth and accuracy of the analysis and how effectively it is communicated both in the interactive hypermedia. Effective communication requires accurate calibration, as well as effective hyperlinks from the narrative to the score and audio.

Semester Schedule:

         Weeks 1-3: Fugue
Week 4: Cadence, Phrase, Period
         Week 5: Song Forms
         Week 6: Song Form with Trio
         Week 7: Sonata Allegro
         Week 8: Mid-term exam
         Weeks 9-10: Rondo
         Week 11: Canon & Cantus Firmus

         Week 12: Ostinato & Variation

         Weeks 13-15: Work on & present semester projects


"ACADEMIC DISHONESTY is a form of misconduct that is subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct and includes the following: cheating, fabrication, fraud, facilitating academic dishonesty and plagiarism." (from Appendix G of the Student Handbook)

NAU Policies:

  • Students enrolled in this course are required to know, and abide by, the NAU Policy Statements.

  • Your instructor is committed to helping you achieve your professional goals as they may be facilitated by this course. This commitment includes a pledge to deal with you courteously, fairly and with an open mind, honestly as it pertains to the assessment of your strengths and weakness, and confidentially. Whereas a course such as this requires the instructor to make judgment calls in grading and class administration, it shall be necessary for you to respect the instructor and his decisions even though you may disagree with them. Disrespectful acts or attitudes, or disruptive behaviors, are grounds for lowering of the grade as the instructor deems to be appropriate.

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