Welcome to MUS 715! William Wieland
Hello All!

My name is Dr. Travis Netzer, Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, and I will be the professor for your course this semester. I grew up on a small farm about twenty miles from Ipswich, South Dakota where I graduated from high school in 2006. It was at Ipswich where I learned to play tuba and grew to have a deep love for listening to and performing music. After high school, I came over to get my Bachelorís degree in Music Education here at Northern State University. Iíve always loved NSU because of the close bonds that I was able to form with both my fellow classmates and my professors. It was during this time that I got very serious about practicing while studying under Dr. Boyd Perkins, and I got to the point where I was practicing 6 hours a day. The practice paid off, leading to me making it to the national division of the MTNA Young Artist Brass competition two years in a row, taking Runner-Up the second year.

While great things were happening with tuba, the greatest thing that happened at NSU was that I met my wife Marcie, and we got married just after my graduation from NSU. In 2011, I was offered a graduate teaching assistantship at Western Michigan University to study under Dr. Deanna Swoboda. Dr. Swoboda has been one of the most influential people in my life, being both an incredible teacher and a remarkable person to model myself after. Dr. Swoboda accepted a position at Arizona State University before my Masters was finished, and because I felt I still had so much more to learn from her I went to ASU for my Doctorate. While in Arizona, my wife and I had our two wonderful children. Our daughter Cecilia is now three years old, and our boy Oliver was just born this January.

Now we are back home, here in South Dakota. My wife will be teaching choir at Holgate Middle School, and now Iím a professor instead of a student at NSU. We couldnít be happier to be close to family doing jobs we love doing. Iím very excited to be your professor, and want you to feel welcome to reach out to me with any questions throughout the course. I will always do my best to respond to emails within 24 hours during the school week. I will also check emails Saturday mornings, but will reserve the rest of the weekend to spend with my family. Looking forward to the semester!

Dr. Travis Netzer

So I may get to know you, please send your bio to Travis.Netzer@northern.edu. Please send me your postal address as well. I have a gift for you. 
Time Commitment — If MUS 715 was face to face, it would meet 2 hours per week and include at least 2 hours of homework. This online course should require approximately the same amount of time. Please contact me if any week is unreasonably time-consuming. Thanks!
Structure of the Course — We will analyze music every week. You will frequently self-correct your work this semester. (I have provided answer keys.) I want you to hone your analytical skills without attaching a grade to every assignment.
  • Weeks 1–5Build a firm foundation. — We all teach music fundamentals at one time or another. Learning and teaching music rudiments well is an important foundation for music theory analysis and my starting point for this class.
    • Take music fundamentals self tests  I     II     III     IV     V    &    VI .   (Reload the page or refresh the screen for a new quiz.) 
    • Create a list of rudiments requiring review. 
    • Share learning strategies for music rudiments and theory. Seek better teaching approaches. 

  • Weeks 6–10Deepen understanding. — The Rogers book offers profound insight about analyzing music.
  • Weeks 11–16Analyze. — Heed Confucious: I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.