Music 1610

Basic Music II


Western Michigan Univ.                                                                             David Loberg Code

School of Music                                                                                          2315 Dalton,  x7-4683

Spring 2009                                                                                         Email:

Rm. 1110                                                                                    Office Hrs: MW-10 or by appt.


                        Grad. Assistants:  Martez Rucker & Daniel Spencer



      Music 1610 is a continuation of Mus 1600.  It includes fundamental principals of counterpoint, voice-leading and part writing; continues the study of harmony with modulation and an introduction to chromatic harmony.  Music theory has one primary goal--to understand what we hear.  Because of music's abstract nature, we tend to listen to it passively without really comprehending or internalizing what we hear.  Similarly, when we create music we tend to move mechanically from note to note without sensing their collective meaning: in effect reading letters, not words.  The only way for you as a performer and/or teacher to create a meaningful musical interpretation of a piece is to understand how it works and what is important about it.  The goal of this course is to provide thorough working knowledge of Western tonal music that can be applied to your other areas of musical activity (performance, composition, education, etc.).




1.  Turek, Music for Today's Musician

2.  Turek, WORKBOOK for Music for Today's Musician

3.  music staff paper (preferably in some kind of notebook)


                                         Please read indicated pages

Week of   SYLLABUS (subject to change)   before coming to each lecture.

Jan  5      Counterpoint: pp.213-216, Chapter 18 (p.365-)

Jan 12      Ch.11 Part Writing/Voice-leading

Jan 19      Mon – "MLK Day" No class                 

Jan 26      Mon - Quiz #1           Ch.12 Triads in Root position

Feb  2                 

Feb  9      Ch.13 Triads in Inversion                

Feb 16      Review                        Fri - MIDTERM EXAM     

Feb 23      Ch.14 Seventh chords          Fri - "Spirit Day" No Class

Mar  2      Spring Break

Mar  9      Ch.15 Secondary Functions    

Mar 16      Review                        Fri - Quiz #2

Mar 23      Ch.16 Modulation                   

Mar 30     

Apr  6      Intro to Adv. Chromatic Harmony

Apr 13      Performance of Compositions

FINAL EXAM Wednesday, April 22, 8-10:00 AM    


Meeting locations:

Mondays & Wednesdays    Lecture in Room 1110 (Lecture Hall)

Fridays     Labs with graduate assistants (Rm 1110 or 2113)



      Your grade for the course will be based upon the following materials:


                  Homework (from lab)     20%

                  Quizzes                  20%

                  Composition             15%

                  Midterm Exam            (20%)

                  Final Exam              (25%)


NB: Shortly before the final, I will pass out a sheet for you to indicate the distribution of the two exams.  They will still total 45% of your grade but may be divided in one of the following ways (Mid/Fin): 15%/30%, 20%/25%, 22.5%/22.5%, 25%/20%, 30%/15%.


      The quizzes, midterm, and final exam will be held in the Lecture Hall (Rm 1110) on the dates indicated above.  If a medical or family emergency prevents you from attending an exam, you must notify me on or before the date of the exam (via voicemail, email, or a message left at the School of Music Office, 387-4667).  There is no excuse for not being able to get a hold of me.  If you wait until the next class meeting to ask me about a make-up it will be too late.

      The grading scale will be as follows:

A     93-100      C     73-77

BA    88-92       DC    68-72

B     83-87       D     60-67

BC    78-82       E     59


Should this scale result in a very unbalanced grade distribution (it usually doesn't), grades may be curved to compensate.       The schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances as determined by the instructor. 



      Attendance is expected for all lecture sessions and labs.  Any absence (including arriving late and leaving early) is regarded as an unexcused absence (with the exception of official tour dates and documented emergencies) and can affect your final grade.  Exceptions may be made for documented emergencies and official tour dates.  Otherwise, School of Music policy does not permit lessons, practices, dress rehearsals, recitals and other performance-related activities to be scheduled in conflict with regularly-scheduled classes.  It is no more acceptable for you to miss this class because of a rehearsal than it is for you to skip your lesson because you are doing homework.  (Likewise, Diva Days do not constitute medical emergencies.)  Your instructors are under no obligation to make-up missing materials or activities.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed from other students. If a medical or family emergency prevents you from attending an exam, you must notify the instructor on or before the date of the exam (via email or a message left at the School of Music Office, 387-4667).  Otherwise there are no make-ups for missed exams.  For late assignments, percentage points may be deducted for each day past the deadline in accordance with the Fibonacci sequence.  Lecture attendance will be monitored by the Question/Comment Slips you fill out at the end of each class, so be sure to include your name and the date each time.  Excessive absences will have a negative effect on your final grade.  Your Graduate Teaching Assistant will determine the policies for lab sessions and grading of homework, which constitute 20% of your total grade.  In general, homework will be due on the second lab session after it is assigned.

      You are expected to participate fully in class.  Talking, sleeping, eating, listening to headphones, doing homework, surfing the web, texting, and similar distractions are inappropriate in class.  All cell phones and beepy things must be turned off during class.  If your phone should ring, please answer it outside and don't come back.  Laptops and PDAs can only be used for class-related activities and only in the front of the classroom.  The instructor reserves the right to view any open materials (books, paper, laptops, etc.) to determine if they are being used for class purposes.  (If you don't want me to see something, don't have it out.)  The instructor may request that you email copies of notes taken during class on your computer.

      You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s) and have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.  Additional information about WMU's policies regarding student conduct and academic dishonesty can be found at:



      Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions in lecture and labs.  The only 'stupid' questions are the ones which don't get asked.  I guarantee someone else has the same question.  I am very sincere about this, and will always try to be very open about any question asked.  I would prefer not to lecture in silence.  (That doesn't mean I want you to make noise or talk behind my back.)  At the end of each lecture, you will turn in a slip of paper with your name, the date, a comment, and a question.  These slips make up part of your 'participation' grade.  The comment could be something about the topic of the day ('I liked the part about...'), the lecture ('You were hard to hear today'), your progress ('I'm finally understanding...'), etc..  This gives  you an opportunity to provide immediate feedback that I can use now (in contrast to the evaluations that you fill out at the end of the semester.)  The question part may be something you didn't understand from lecture, something you did understand but you want to know more about, something about the next quiz, whatever.  BUT you must have a question (if not, you must be brain-dead and should report to the health center immediately!)*  I will try to incorporate your questions into the next lecture if possible.   



      The School of Music has a computer lab (Mac) with synthesizers and specialized music programs.  This lab is supported in part by your fees and is open for your use most evenings.  (During the day its use is restricted.) For this class, you are responsible for learning to use Sibelius, a music notation program, for your final composition project.  If you are not familiar with Sibelius, you should begin visiting the computer lab early in the semester to learn how to use it. 

You also have a WMU email account (Bronco NetID) which you need to activate for use.  This is the account to which any official WMU emails will be sent, including emails for this class.  I will not send class information to your personal account (e.g., gmail, hotmail).  While I will have regular office hours, some of you will find it more convenient to contact me via e-mail.  You can ask me a question (maybe about your homework) and I will answer it.  I will check my e-mail from home as well, so you will usually receive a response either the same or the next day.  Also, I will be posting materials on a WWW site.  Follow the course materials links from the School of Music web page to Mus 1610

* This is a joke.



School of Music, Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-3831
Revised: 7 Jan 2008

* This is a joke.