August 16 -18, 2017

“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.
Vince Lombard

$$  Why you might find music composition more fun and profitable than some other career choices. $$

August 16/17, 2017:
  • Objective: Students will learn classroom procedures, expectations, daily class format and use of materials and resources
  • Mastery  – really shouldn’t be a problem.
Music Theory – 

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.


Don’t be offended if I don’t know your name for the first few weeks!

EVERY DAY: Be sure you have manuscript paper, pencils (NOT pens) and an eraser.

The instructor does not provide music paper after today. Manuscript paper can be printed from:

August 18/21

Have pencils and staff paper (and maybe notebook paper) ready to TAKE NOTES using this process:

  1. Name the Concept
  2. Explain the Concept using simple language
    and work through a variety of examples
  3. Identify Problem Areas, then go back to
    source material and review
  4. Find complicated terms and simplify them
  5. Rinse and Repeat as needed.


Written Theory:


Students will learn/review rudimentary music and notation concepts to include:

  • 5 aspects of sound
  • Decibels
  • Staffs
  • Measures
  • Clefs
  • Ledger lines
  • Note values and corresponding rest durations
  • Piano keyboard and Octave Identification
  • Intervals
  • Accidentals
  • Enharmonics
  • Dots
  • Ties




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

A day Tuesday, Aug. 29   //  B Day Wednesday, Aug. 30


August 22/23  

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.



HOMEWORK : Aural Prof Assignment #2

A Day: Tuesday, Aug. 29 //B Day:Wednesday, Sept.30














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