At the end of the course, students will be able to:


    1. Notate pitch and rhythm in accordance with standard notation practices.

    2. Read and write in treble, bass, and movable C clefs.

    3. Write, sing, and play major scales and all three forms of minor scales.

    4. Recognize by ear and by sight all intervals within an octave.

    5. Use the basic rules that govern music composition.

    6. Harmonize a melody with appropriate chords using good voice leading.

    7. Analyze the chords of a musical composition by number and letter name.

    8. Transpose a composition from one key to another.

    9.Express musical ideas by composing and arranging.

    10.Understand and recognize basic musical forms: ternary, binary, rondo, etc.

    11.Write simple rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation.


    Teaching Strategies/Student Activities:

    Written Work:  Students are expected to participate actively in classroom discussions and demonstrations each day.  The teacher will collect and grade all written work from the texts and workbooks.  A comprehensive theory folder containing all handouts as well as homework, quizzes, and exams that are returned is required.  The “Tonal Harmony” workbook includes extensive partwriting and composition exercises which will be assigned every day.  Students will complete at least one written test per week.  Competency with technology is a major component of this course.  Students will input melodies and compositions into Sibelius and Band In a Box software.  Aside from printing these assignments out, students will also playback the assignments as critique.  Students will also use online sources such as musictheory.net. 


    Aural Work:  Students will also demonstrate mastery of Solfege singing by completing assignments from “Music For Sight-Singing”.  Students will demonstrate knowledge by singing alone and with others as well as by utilizing the microphone to record progress and singing tests.  Students will also be required to take rhythmic and melodic dictation.  There will be at least one aural dictation or sight-singing test per week.


    Projects:  In addition to daily assignments, written tests, and aural tests, there will be at least one major project per semester such as short compositions and written reports.  For a final project, the students will create an original composition in 4-parts utilizing all of the techniques learned in class and transpose for four unique instruments.  Students will perform, record, and critique this composition.


    Course Planner: (Note: Main chapter references are from the “Tonal Harmony” textbook.  Chapter references for singing are from “Music for Sight Singing” text.)   This schedule is approximate, as classes may move slower or faster from one year to another. Written homework and reading assignments are given at each class period.


    Computer programs: Sibelius 7, Band In a Box

     Materials needed:

    Each student will be required to have the following materials daily:

    1. Music manuscript notebook
    2. Pencils DO NOT USE INK IN THIS CLASS!! Assignments written in ink will be returned ungraded.
    3. A folder for notes and handouts.
    4. Texts and workbooks from above.
    5. Sibelius 7, Band In a Box computer programs
    6. Keyboard, headphones, microphone.


    Student Evaluation:

    Tests/Major Assessments 75%

    Homework/Quizzes/Minor Assessments 25%


    Class Expectations:

    1. Respect yourself, teachers, other students, your parents, your school and your administration. Respecting yourself and the people around you will make your experience more enjoyable and fulfilling, and the people around you interact with will respond to you in a positive manner.
    2. Be on time. We stay very busy in this class – we have a lot to do everyday and each minute counts!! The school wide tardy policy is very clear and we will follow this policy in this class.
    3. Turn assignments in on time. Late assignments make things difficult since we move so quickly.  There will occasionally be a legitimate reason why an assignment will be turned in late (for example, an excused absence). Students will be allowed 1 day per excused absence to make up work.


    Take care of personal business during the passing period to avoid disrupting class. Passes to leave class will be very limited.  Begin early to budget your time and breaks