“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.“
- Objective: Students will learn classroom procedures, expectations, daily class format and use of materials and resources
- Mastery – really shouldn’t be a problem.
The term “music theory” implies that there is a “science” of music, an all-encompassing set of truisms that, once understood, reveals the essence of music and establishes a set of rules that govern what composers can and cannot do as they create a piece of music.
As such, the term music theory is misleading. We do not grasp musical syntax the way we grasp facts.
- we first learn to distinguish different sonic and temporal phenomena.
- Then, we come to understand how those phenomena are interrelated.
- After that, we can begin to understand how and why we perceive structural integrity and expressive
- meaning in any given section of music.
- Learning musical syntax is much like learning a language: We start with rudiments and gradually
- accumulate understanding as we comprehend that language in ever more sophisticated ways.
- Music is an art, not a science.
- What constitutes the art of music is a syntax that is constantly changing, based on the time, place, and aesthetic taste of a particular composer and the expressive reason-to-be of a particular piece of music.
The instructor does not provide music paper after today. Manuscript paper can be printed from:
Have pencils and staff paper (and maybe notebook paper) ready to TAKE NOTES using this process:
- Name the Concept
- Explain the Concept using simple language
and work through a variety of examples
- Identify Problem Areas, then go back to
source material and review
- Find complicated terms and simplify them
- Rinse and Repeat as needed.
Students will learn/review rudimentary music and notation concepts to include:
- 5 aspects of sound
- Ledger lines
- Note values and corresponding rest durations
- Piano keyboard and Octave Identification
- www.musictheory.net (There’s an app for that: http://www.musictheory.net/
- Staff paper and pencils – NOT pens. Pencils and erasers.
This review is integral to the remainder of the course as the students will utilize this information in every assignment.
HOMEWORK : Aural Prof Assignment #2 and Benward 1 Packet
Have a pencil AND paper – take notes!
1.Complete Benward Chapter 1, Notation Procedures
2.Aural Proficiency –
- Students will learn/review whole and half step intervals and major scale construction and assign to each note a scale degree and solfege syllable.
- Begin Sight Singing using solfege
- Students will begin rhythmic dictation using half, quarter and eighth notes.
- Tools/Resources: “Aural Proficiency” book, staff paper, pencil and eraser.