MUS 110 Basic Music Theory I William Wieland
Northern State University, Every Fall Semester, Sections 1 & 2
Lecture: Administration Building Room 300 (Krikac Auditorium) — Tuesday, Thursday & Friday — 10:00 to 10:50 
Lab: Section 1 — Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 175 (the Keyboard Lab) — Monday & Wednesday — 10:00 to 10:50 
   Section 2 — Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 175 (the Keyboard Lab) — Monday & Wednesday — 11:00 to 11:50
Instructor: Dr. William Wieland
Office: Spafford Hall Room 304
Phone: 626-2499
Office Hours: Please refer to my Class Schedule.
E-mail Address:
Course Description: An integrated study and application of tonality, melody, harmony, texture and form, from music notation through modulation. Includes sight singing, ear training and dictation. Introduction to composition and arranging, i.e. instrument ranges, transposition, tessitura and preliminary score analysis.
Credit Hours: 4
Instructional Methods: Listening, lecture, discussion, analysis, singing, playing, composing, arranging, Internet tutorials, online drills, computer software, quizzes, speed quizzes, and a comprehensive final exam.
Materials: Please acquire music notation software. Several are free online. Please bring a pencil, paper, scratch paper, and staff paper to every class. (Other sizes of free staff paper can be printed from my web site. Go to Theory Things and look under Staff Paper.) You will also receive handouts.
Online Materials: Theory Things   Open Music Theory   music theory & history online   teorí
Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians
Free Apps: Hear that Music! for iPhones   Hear that Music! for Android phones
Other Apps:
Other Fine Materials: (not required)
Ear Training Software: MacGamut 6 (
Music Theory Texts: Benward & Saker. Music in Theory and Practice. Volume I. 9th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2014.
    Burstein & Straus. Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony. W.W. Norton, 2016.
    Kostka & Payne. Tonal Harmony. 7th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Objectives: (from the NASM Handbook, Section VIII. B.)
1. c. Students must acquire the ability to read at sight with fluency.
2. a. Students must acquire an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, the ability to employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses, and the ability to take aural dictation.
2. b. Students must acquire sufficient understanding of and capability with musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge and skill in compositional, performance, analytical, scholarly, and pedagogical applications according to the requisites of their specializations.
3. Students must acquire a rudimentary capacity to create original or derivative music.
5. While synthesis is a lifetime process, by the end of undergraduate study students must be able to work on musical problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition/improvisation; and history and repertory.
Performance Standards / Grading Policies: I weigh MUS 110 grades as follows:
25% Music Fundamentals Quizzes — You must score 100% on Music Fundamentals Quiz I to pass this class.
  5% Timed Quizzes — Key Signature I.D., Major Triads, Intervals w/o Accidentals, Rom. num. I.D., & Triad I.D.
20% Performing — 2-handed Tapping, Major Key Singing, Reciting Rhythms and Conducting & Minor Key Singing 
12% Keyboard Journal — Weekly Assignments, Midterm Evaluation, Final Evaluation
15% Listening Quizzes — 3 Notes, Rhythm Dictation, Diatonic Figures, Compound Meter & Melodic Dictation 
  8% Assignments (Analyses, Compositions & Dictations) — Grading Curves (½ credit for late work) 
15% Final Exam — If you are unexcused from the final exam, you will receive a 0. 
A — 90% to 100%
B — 80% to 90%
C — 70% to 80%
D — 60% to 70%
F — Below 60%
To pass MUS 110, you must
Score Your Quiz
Quizzes: You may take retake quizzes during my office hours. I record only the highest grade for any particular quiz.
Timed Quizzes: Each speed quiz lasts 2 minutes. Two will be offered at the beginning of the semester and one near the end to allow you time to practice and improve. I will keep only your highest grade. Because I offer three opportunities, I do not give make up quizzes. When you are satisfied with your grade, you may stop taking that particular quiz.
What is an A? An A is going beyond what is usual. Students who simply meet minimum course requirements earn Bs or Cs. An A indicates extraordinary work and a B is a good grade.
Attendance: Regular daily attendance is strongly recommended and is required during class exercises, activities and quizzes. Of course, those with certified and serious reasons for missing class will be accomodated. Excessive absenteeism or tardiness usually results in lower grades. Students are responsible for information missed as a result of being absent or tardy.
Academic Honesty: Please refer to the NSU Student Handbook.
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Caveat: This syllabus is subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.