MUS 411, Counterpoint, 2 credits
Northern State University, Spafford Hall 304 Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:009:50 am
Instructor: Dr. William Wieland     Office: Spafford Hall Room 304     Phone: 626-2499
Office Hours: Please refer to my Class Schedule.
E-mail: William.Wieland@northern.edu     WWW Site: William Wieland, Musician & Educator
Course Description: Analysis and composition in contrapuntal techniques, with a concentration on the music of J.S. Bach.
Prerequisite: MUS 211
Instructional Methods: Analysis, composing, listening, reading, discussion, lecture, singing, playing, quizzes, and a comprehensive exam.
Required Text: Owen. Modal and Tonal Counterpoint. Schirmer, 1992.
Other Fine Texts: Counterpoint Books
Materials: Please bring a pencil, paper, scratch paper, and staff paper to every class. You will also receive handouts.
Grades: I weigh grades as follows: ( credit for late work)
20% Weekly Assignments (Read the chapter before class each week.)

10% Introductory Concepts Quiz
10% Species Counterpoint Quiz
10% 18th Century Counterpoint Quiz

10% Round
10% Invention
10% Canon
10% Fugue Exposition

10% Comprehensive Final Exam
A 90% and above
B 80% to 90%
C 70% to 80%
D 60% to 70%
F Below 60%
What is an A? An A is going beyond what is usual. The student who simply meets the course requirements earns a B or C. An A indicates extraordinary work and a B is a good grade.
Attendance: Attendance is required. 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 truancy.
Schedule: Please read and be prepared to discuss the scheduled Owen chapter each week.
Week
1
2

3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Finals
Chapter
1
2

3 & 4
4
5
4, 5 & 15
15 & 16
16 & 18
18
18 & 20
20
21
21 & 22
22, 25 & 26
22 & 28
N/A
Assignments or Quizzes in addition to reading the chapter
Get the textbook. Exercise 1-6 (I will bring Bach's Cello Suite 1, Prelude.)
Exercise 2-4 Outline the principles of late Renaissance melody discussed on
page 30, then complete Exercise 3-2 on page 32. Review for next week's quiz.
Introductory Concepts Quiz
Exercise 4-1 Exercises 4-6, 4-7 & 4-9
Exercises 5-1 & 5-5 Exercise 5-10 Review for next week's quiz.
Species Counterpoint Worksheet Species Counterpoint Quiz Analyze several rounds.
Invertible Counterpoint Worksheet Round Due (voice leading handouts) Exercise 16-2
Revised Round Due Exercise 18-1 and diagram Bach's C major Invention
Invention Due (Please identify all harmonic intervals. Circle and identify all dissonances.)
Revised Invention Due
Canon Due Review for next week's quiz.
Revised Canon Due 18th Century Counterpoint Quiz
3 Fugue Subjects Due (See p. 236.)
Fugue Exposition Due
Revised Fugue Exposition Due
Comprehensive Final Exam Noon, Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Caveat: This syllabus is subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.