MUS 313 Form and Analysis William Wieland
Northern State University, Every Spring Semester
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 – 9:50, Spafford Hall Room 305
Instructor: Dr. William Wieland
Office: Spafford Hall Room 304
Phone: 626-2499
  Office Hours: Please refer to Dr. Wieland's Schedule.
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Prerequisites: MUS 110, MUS 111 and MUS 210.
Required Materials: Please bring a pencil, paper, and staff paper to every class. You will also receive handouts. Free staff paper can be printed from my web site. Go to Theory Things and look under STAFF PAPER.
Description: A survey of the principal forms and styles in instrumental and vocal literature through directed listening, analysis and composition.
Objectives: To understand how and why pieces of music work and, by extension, how they might have been composed and how they might be performed, heard or taught. To move beyond description to analysis and composition. Practically speaking, we will study for the Praxis exam, the MFT exam and graduate school entrance requirements as well as prepare for teaching music.
Objectives from the National Association of Schools of Music Handbook 2009–2010, Section VIII. B.:
2. a. Students must acquire 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.
2. c. Students must acquire the ability to place music in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.
3. Students must acquire rudimentary capacity to create original music in written form.
6. 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 and improvisation; history and repertory; and technology.
Activities: Score analysis, aural analysis, style writing, discussion, lecture, writing and performance.
Grade weighting: 30% Weekly Assignments — Grading Curves (˝ credit for late work)
30% Weekly Quizzes (See the Schedule.)
20% Personal Project
20% Comprehensive Final Exam
Letter grades: A 90% to 100%
B 80% to 90%
C 70% to 80%
D 60% to 70%
F Below 60%
You must pass the comprehensive final exam to pass the class.
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.
Excessive absenteeism or tardiness will result in a lower grade. Students are responsible for information missed as a result of truancy. Late work is lowered one letter grade. You must pass the comprehensive final exam to pass the course.
I do not accept late assignments, but I drop your lowest weekly assignment grades. I only average the best 50%.
You may retake any quiz during my office hours through the last day of class—Dr. Wieland's Schedule.
Academic Honesty: Please refer to the Student Disciplinary Code of the NSU Student Handbook.
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Caveat: This syllabus is subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.