Inclusivity in Learning
Your success in this class is important to me. We will all need accommodations because we all learn differently. If there are aspects of this course that prevent you from learning or exclude you, please let me know as soon as possible. Together we’ll develop strategies to meet both your needs and the requirements of the course.
I encourage you to visit Disability Services to determine how you could improve your learning as well. If you need official accommodations, you have a right to have these met. If you have a documented learning disability or other condition that may affect academic performance you should: 1) make sure this documentation is on file with Disability Services (SUB I, Rm. 4205; 993-2474; http://ds.gmu.edu) to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.
- Review techniques of analysis that music theorists commonly use
- Critique and apply academic music theory literature
- Develop several crucial skills for the professional musician: a) analysis skills, through your assignments; b) writing skills, through your weekly responses; c) presentation skills, through your video presentations
MUSI 501, 502, and 516 or appropriate score on graduate placement exam.
Organization and Pace
This is a fully online course, with different “venues” for different activities.
- Information is distributed through this website, www.musi611.meganlavengood.com.
- Individual assignments are submitted/graded on Blackboard.
- Collaborative work will be done through our Slack page, musi611su19.slack.com. You can also use Slack to ask questions to the whole class about assignments, etc.
The summer version of this course is an accelerated and compressed 8-week version of the 15-week course that occurs in the fall semester. We will move very quickly.
Due dates are typically Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays—more details are given below in Assignments.
Calendar of Topics
- Final project (Su19)
- Syllabus (Su19)
- Week 1 (Jun 3): Broadly Applicable Techniques (Su19)
- Week 2 (Jun 10): Techniques for Atonal Music (Su19)
- Week 3 (Jun 17): Analysis Symposium #1 (Su19)
- Week 4 (Jun 24): Techniques for Tonal Music (Su19)
- Week 5 (Jul 1): Techniques for Pop Music (Su19)
- Week 6 (Jul 8): Analysis Symposium #2 (Su19)
- Week 7: Writing a theory paper (Su19)
- Name: Dr. Megan Lavengood
- Email: email@example.com
- Office: deLaski Performing Arts Building (PAB) A-421
- Drop-in or virtual office hours: Wednesday, 1:30–3:30 PM, or by appointment. Schedule a time at this link calendly.com/mlavengo or use your phone to scan the QR code to the right.
- There is no required text. Materials will be accessible online or on our readings page.
- You should have access to a microphone and camera for video chatting and making videos of yourself.
Recommended (not required):
- Spotify (app)
- An app for making black-and-white .pdf scans from your phone. I recommend ABBYY FineScanner, which has a free version suitable for our purposes. I have also used CamScanner.
Your grades and rubrics will be on Blackboard.
Expand each category for more details on how the grade is calculated.
With few exceptions, each week will have the same assignment structure and due dates, as follows.
By Wednesday, end of day
Most weeks, you will have two readings to complete. On Wednesday, you should submit a reading response that discusses these readings, posted to your group’s “blog” on Blackboard.
Responses should be about 700 words. They are NOT to summarize the readings, but rather to provide your personal take on the readings. While these may be written somewhat conversationally, be sure to remain diplomatic and professional. Feel free to use the first person (I, my, me, etc.).
By Friday, end of day
You will write 250-word replies to the reading responses posted on Friday by other students in your group. You should write one response for each person. Address your responses directly to the author, like a letter.
By Sunday, end of day
You will submit your weekly analysis assignments on Sundays. Assignments are submitted on Blackboard, in .pdf format.
A few times during the semester, we will have group projects that I call “analysis symposia.” On symposium weeks, you will not have any additional reading. Instead, you will practice implementing the techniques you have already learned.
For each symposium, I will assign two pieces. Groups will be formed based on your availability, so that synchronous meetings can be scheduled. Within each group, half will do one piece, and half will do the other. You will begin with individual analyses that you submit to each other and to me. The individual analysis earns a grade independent from the group work.
The next assessment occurs during a virtual meeting with your group and myself that occurs over video chat. Prior to this meeting, you should look over the work of the other group members to prepare for a fruitful discussion. During the meeting, I will ask each group member to discuss how their findings interact with those of the other members. Your participation in this discussion will earn another grade.
After the discussion, I will grade both your discussion and your individual analysis. If you wish, you may revise your individual analysis in light of what you learned during the group discussion. You must accompany your analysis with a paragraph explaining how the discussion influenced your analysis. Your revised grade will be averaged with your original grade.
Late work policy
The accelerated pace of this course means you will have a heavy workload. In light of this, falling behind in the course can be disastrous on your end and mine. This forces me to be quite strict with deadlines, and in general, late work will not be accepted. Of course, if there is an emergency or some other dire scenario, we should have a conversation about how to move forward so you can complete the course.
In the final project, you will analyze a piece of your own choosing, demonstrating your understanding of techniques learned in class.
The final project has two components: a video and a final paper.
Details on the content of the project may be found here and will be fleshed out as the due date nears.
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