Music Theory Course Outline and Syllabus

 

 

 

 

MILLINGTON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

Music Theory Class

Mrs. Megan Woodring, Band Director

Email: mwoodring@millingtonschools.org

 

COURSE SYLLABUS

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This class is designed to provide students with a wide musical experience. We will explore the elements of music, the periods of music history, analyze and create musical compositions, as well as read and notate music.

MATERIALS:

You will need ONE (1) pocket folder for this class. We will be taking notes and completing written assignments almost every day. Staff paper and worksheets will be provided for you. ALWAYS bring a PENCIL to class. (NO INK PENS)

NOTE: All materials should be in hand EVERY DAY. Any student who does not have his/her materials on any given day will lose 5 participation points per day.

GRADING:

Your grade in MUSIC class is based upon three areas: Participation, Notes/Assignments, and Tests/Quizzes.

In each section below, you will find the criterion associated with each grading category. All term grades are FINAL. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed grades. The grading categories and details thereof are listed below.

PARTICIPATION/IN CLASS WORK

  1. Student is on time to class.
  2. Student has appropriate materials.
  3. Student is attentive and exhibiting good conduct.

Music is a participation class. If a student chooses not to participate, they will lose points for that day. If that non-participating student chooses to disrupt or distract others, they will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

 

NOTES/ASSIGNMENTS

A Note Taking grade will be given at the end of each chapter/unit to ensure that students are recording necessary information. Please take good notes!

There will be many worksheets that will be graded in this class, as well as assignments using FINALE (music writing software)

TESTS/QUIZZES

Throughout this class, students will have tests and quizzes that will consist of multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay question, and music notation.

ATTENDANCE

TARDIES

  1. Tardiness will not be tolerated. 2 and 3 tardies will result in after school detention. 4 tardies will result in ISS.
  2. Students should try to use the restroom before and after class to prevent missing important information in class.
  3. Students will not be allowed to leave class to go to another teacher’s room for ANY reason (unless that student is involved in a field trip THAT day or is requested by an administrator). Please do not ask to go to another teacher’s room to work on a project, to “help” that teacher, or for any other reason.

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  1. Enter QUIETLY and be IN YOUR SEAT when the BELL RINGS. (Do not leave your books and ask to go to the restroom afterward.)
  2. DO NOT leave your seat or designated area for ANY REASON during class, unless given permission to do so.
  3. NO CELL PHONES (or HEADPHONES, iPods, etc.) – AT ALL!
  4. NO FOOD or DRINKS allowed in class.
  5. Do not enter any of the small rooms in the band room without permission.
  6. EVERYONE is expected to participate at ALL TIMES. If your head is down and your eyes are closed, you are NOT participating.

Violation of the rules may result in loss of participation points, as well as disciplinary action.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of this syllabus, please feel free to contact me via email at mwoodring@millingtonschools.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Week

Lesson Focus

Weekly Objectives

TN Standards

Assessments

Additional Notes

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Staff & Treble Clef

-Identify the staff and notate on the lines and spaces of the staff

-Identify and draw treble clef

-Read and notate notes in treble clef

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete pg. 1 worksheet (staff)

-Complete pg. 2 Worksheet (clef)

-Complete pg. 3 Worksheet (treble clef)

-In class assessment using white boards

 

2

-Bass Clef

-Combining Treble & Bass Clef

-Ear Training

-Identify and draw bas clef

-Read and notate notes in bass clef

-Read and notate music combining both clefs

-Recognize the difference between pitches during ear training

-Differentiate between treble and bass clef when listening to certain pitches

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr2.B

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete Treble and Bass Clef Review Worksheet

-Complete Ear Training Part 1

 

 

3

-Note Values

-Time Signature

-Measures and Barlines

-Be able to identify and notate whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes in treble and bass clef

-Count and notate rhythms in 4/4 time signature

-Add barlines to compositions where needed

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete pg. 7 Worksheet (note values)

-Complete pg. 8 Worksheet (Measures and Barlines)

 

4

-Time Signatures

-Rest Values

-Count and notate rhythms in multiple time signatures

-Be able to identify and notate whole rests, half rests, and quarter rests

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete pg. 9 Worksheet (time signatures)

-Complete pg. 10 Worksheet (time signatures)

-Complete pg. 11 Worksheet (Rest Values)

-Complete pg. 12 Worksheet (Review)

 

5

Chapter 1 Review and Quiz

-Read and notate music in both treble and bass clefs

-Read and notate a variety of note and rest values

-Read and notate music in multiple time signatures

-Compose music using all elements studied so far

-Identify where barlines are needed in a composition if they are missing

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete Ch. 1 Review Worksheet

-Complete Ch. 1 Quiz

 

6

Grand Staff and ledger lines

--Recognize the difference between pitches during ear training

-Differentiate between treble and bass clef when listening to certain pitches

-Identify and compose a grand staff

-Identify high and low pitches using ledger lines in treble and bass clef

-Notate pitches using ledger lines

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr2.B

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete Ear Training Part 2

-Complete pg. 15 Worksheet (Grand Staff)

-Complete pg. 16 Worksheet (Ledger Lines)

 

7

-New Time Signatures

-Dotted Half Notes

-Personal Compositions

 

-Read and notate music in various time signatures (4/4, ¾, 2/4)

-Identify and notate dotted half notes

-Begin working on composing first melody

HS.MT.P3.B

HS.MT.Cr1.B

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete pg. 17 Worksheet (dotted half notes)

-Compose melody following guidelines on rubric

Compositions will be done using Finale software on computers

8

-Ties & Slurs

-Review and Quiz

-Identify and notate ties and slurs

-Understand the functional differences between ties and slurs

-Recognize the difference between pitches during ear training

-Differentiate between treble and bass clef when listening to certain pitches

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr2.B

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete pg. 19 Worksheet (ties and slurs)

-Complete pg. 20 Worksheet (Review)

-Complete Ear Training Part 3

-Complete Ch. 2 Quiz

 

9

-Eighth Rests and Eighth Notes

-Personal Compositions

-Identify and notate eighth notes and eighth rests

-Begin working on composition using eighth notes

HS.MT.Cr2.A

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

-Complete pg. 22 Worksheet (Eighth Notes)

-Complete pg. 23 Worksheet (Eighth Rests)

-Compose melody following guidelines on rubric

Compositions will be done using Finale software on computers

 


 

 

 

Week

Lesson Focus

Weekly Objectives

TN Standards

Assessments

Additional Notes

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3

-Complete Ear Training Part 4

-Identify and use sharps, flats, and natural signs

-Begin using dotted quarter notes in compositions

-Differentiate between whole steps and half steps on the keyboard and in music

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

-Sharps/Flats Worksheet

-Ear Training Part 4

-Dotted Quarter Note Worksheet

-Natural Signs Worksheet

-Whole Steps/Half Steps Worksheet

 

 

2

Chapter 3

-Review for Chapter 3 Quiz

-Complete Chapter 3 Review

-Complete Chapter 3 Quiz

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

-Chapter 3 Review Worksheet

-Chapter 3 Quiz

-Assessment during review activities in class

 

 

3

Chapter 4

-Complete Ear Training Part 5 Worksheet

-Begin the time periods of Music History

-Explore the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods

-Complete “Toccata and Fugue” listening activity

-Research composer: Johann S. Bach and complete Composer Cube Project

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

HS.GM.R2.A

 

HS.GM.R3.A

 

HS.GM.Cn2.A

 

 

-Ear Training Part 5 Worksheet

-Middle Ages and Renaissance Worksheet

-Baroque Period Worksheet

-Bach’s Fight for Freedom Worksheet

-Composer Cube Project

 

4

Chapter 4

-Define Enharmonic Notes and identify enharmonics on the keyboard

-Define and notate tetrachords

-Construct major scales in flat keys and sharp keys

 

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

-Enharmonics Worksheet

-Tetrachords Worksheet

-Scales Worksheet

-Classroom Discussion

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5

Chapter 4

-Complete Chapter 4 Review

-Complete Review Activities in class

-Complete Chapter 4 Quiz

 

 

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

-Chapter 4 Review Worksheet

-Chapter 4 Quiz

 

 

6

Chapter 5

-Complete Ear Training Part 6

-Explore the Classical Period of Music History

-Research Wolfgang A. Mozart and complete Timeline

-Explore the Romantic Period of Music History

-Complete Group Project: Powerpoint Presentation on a Romantic Composer (each group will be assigned a composer)

 

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

HS.GM.R2.A

 

HS.GM.R3.A

 

HS.GM.Cn2.A

 

 

-Ear Training Part 6 Worksheet

-Classical Period Worksheet

-Mozart Timeline

-Romantic Period Worksheet

-Group Presentation on Romantic Composer

 

 

7

Chapter 5

-Present powerpoint presentations as a group of Romantic Period composer

-Explore the 20th Century period of Music History

-Review for Chapter 5 Quiz

 

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

HS.GM.R2.A

 

HS.GM.R3.A

 

HS.GM.Cn2.A

 

 

-Romantic Period Worksheet

-20th Century Worksheet

-Chapter 5 Review

 

 

8

Chapter 5

-Complete Chapter 5 Quiz

-Begin reviewing for Final Exam

 

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

HS.GM.R2.A

 

HS.GM.R3.A

 

HS.GM.Cn2.A

 

 

-Chapter 5 Quiz

-Final Exam Study Guide

 

 

9

Final Exam Review and Exams

-Review for Final Exam

 

HS.MT.Cr2.A

 

HS.MT.Cr3.B

 

HS.GM.R2.A

 

HS.GM.R3.A

 

HS.GM.Cn2.A

 

 

-Final Exam Study Guide