The Newman School
Music 10 - Ms. Millard, instructor
Pre-IB Music 10
Ms. Millard, instructor
The Newman School, Boston, MA
In Music 10, students will learn structural and historical aspects of music from Western and World Music traditions. Students will build on music theory skills studied in Music 9, advancing to basic harmonization, as well as developing auditory and analytical skills concerning melody, meter and rhythm, harmony, texture, form, style and instrumentation. Students are expected to participate in class daily. Assignments are to be completed on time; exceptions are only granted by the teacher in advance.
Course Requirements and Required Materials:
Students must bring the following to class everyday:
1 inch three-ring binder exclusively for music class.
A Composition Notebook dedicated as a Music 10 Listening Journal
Pencils - you may not use pen for quizzes or homework!
Required texts: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: I will collect the books once a week to check your progress.
The Enjoyment of Music (Shorter Version) Forney & Machlis
I may assign short readings from outside your texts having to do with either music history or theory. These must be stored in your binder.
Students will write an analytical music paper (Musical Paper) on a composition not covered in class but written by one of the composers we’ve studied or another composer at the instructor’s discretion. Each student is expected to analyze the work’s musical elements, including instrumentation, melody, harmony, meter, form, texture, and style. All subjects must be cleared with the instructor in advance.
Goals and Objectives:
Students in this class will:
Expand their knowledge of music theory, including major and minor key signatures, primary triads and Dominant 7th chords.
Develop a vocabulary with which to describe music and musical performances.
Develop analytical abilities in melody, harmony, rhythm and meter, texture, style, form and instrumentation.
Develop a discerning ear.
Gain a greater appreciation and respect for a variety of different kinds of music and musicians.
Develop a knowledge of music theory and Western music history that will allow the student to succeed at an IB level.
Grades are calculated by using the following percentages:
25% Classroom participation and Conduct
35% Quizzes, Theory assignments, Listening Journal
15% Analytical paper
Percentages are subject to change at instructor’s discretion.
Course Policies and Expectations:
Students are required to participate in discussions and classroom exercises in a lively but respectful manner. Poor or disrespectful conduct will not be tolerated. Any student who does not meet these expectations will be asked to leave the classroom and be subject to disciplinary action. Poor behavior will also be reflected in the final grade.
Since classroom participation comprises a large percentage of the grade, attendance is crucial. Reading and listening assignments must be done on time; you will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge in class.
Written assignments are to be completed on time unless arranged with the instructor at least two school days in advance. Students are responsible for keeping up with material in the event of any absences; assignments will be posted online and class notes should be sought from a classmate. Late work will marked down incrementally .
Students must take the greatest care that the work they present is truly their own; cheating and plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment and academic discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook.