Rutland High School Course Syllabus
Beginning Theory/ AP Music Theory
Ms. Sara Elliott
Phone Number: 478-779-3053
Email: [email protected]
Theory Textbook and Workbook: Kostka, Stefan M., and Dorothy Payne. Tonal Harmony:
with an Introduction to Twentieth-century Music. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.
Sight-Singing Textbook: Ottman, Robert W. Music for Sight Singing. 6th ed. Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2004. Print.
CAI Software:Practica Musica by Ars Nova Version 5.098, 2010 http://www.arsnova.com
Staff Paper, Three-ring Binder, Pencils
Identify and notate pitch in four clefs: treble, bass, alto, and tenor.
Notate, hear, and identify simple and compound meters.
Notate and identify all major and minor key signatures.
Notate, hear, and identify the following scales: chromatic, major, and the three
Name and recognize scale degree terms, for example: tonic, supertonic, mediant,
subdominant, dominant, submediant, subtonic, leading tone.
Notate, hear, and transpose the following modes: Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and
Notate, hear, and identify whole-tone and pentatonic scales.
Notate, hear, and identify all major, minor, diminished, and augmented intervals
inclusive of an octave.
Transpose a melodic line to or from concert pitch for any common band or
Notate, hear, and identify triads, including inversions.
Notate, hear, and identify authentic, plagal, half, and deceptive cadences in major
and minor keys.
Detect pitch and rhythm errors in written music from given aural excerpts.
Notate a melody from dictation, 6 to 12 bars, in a major key, mostly diatonic
pitches, simple or compound time, three to four repetitions.
Notate melody from dictation, 6 to 12 bars, in a minor key, chromatic alteration
from harmonic/melodic scales, simple or compound time, three to four repetitions.
Sight-sing a melody, 4 to 8 bars long, major or minor key, duple or triple meter,
simple or compound time, using solfege, numbers, or any comfortable vocal
Notate and analyze simple 2-bar counterpoint in sixteenth- and/or eighteenthcentury styles.
Realize a figured bass according to the rules of eighteenth-century chorale style,
major or minor key, using any or all of the following devices: diatonic triads,
seventh chords, inversions, nonharmonic tones, and secondary-dominant and
dominant seventh chords.
Analyze a four-part chorale style piece using Roman and Arabic numerals to
represent chords and their inversions.
Notate, hear, and identify the following nonharmonic tones: passing tone
(accented and unaccented), neighboring tone, anticipation, suspension,
retardation, appoggiatura, escape tone, changing tone (cambiata), pedal tone.
Notate the soprano and bass pitches and the Roman and Arabic numeral analysis
of a harmonic dictation, eighteenth-century chorale style, seventh chords,
secondary dominants, 4 to 8 bars in length, major or minor key, three to four
Compose a melody or expand a motive with or without text, 6 to 12 bars long,
given specific directions about key, mode, phrasing, rhythm, and harmonic
language. Harmonize a 4- to 12-bar melody by writing a bass line, chords and/or
chord symbols, given specific directions about key, mode, phrasing, rhythmic and
Define and identify common tempo and expression markings.
Identify aurally and/or visually the following: modulation, transposition, melodic
and harmonic rhythm, sequence, imitation, ostinato, augmentation, diminution,
inversion, retrograde, and fragmentation.
Recognize standard musical algorithms, i.e., standard melodic, rhythmic, and
harmonic idioms that occur in music.
MHSAMTh.1, MHSAMTh.2, MHSAMTh.3, MHSAMTh.6, MHSAMTh.7, MHSAMTh.8,
Mastery of standards will be achieved through formative assessments (class
participation/homework assignments) and summative assessments (tests/projects and
the AP Exam in May).
Class Work (85% of final grade)
Class Assignments, Quizzes & Participation - 40%
Tests & Projects - 50%
Homework – 10%
Final (15% of final grade)
*All approved AP courses will have five bonus points added to the final semester numerical grade of 70 or
higher. These points will be added by the teacher of record on a state approved course number.
Class Rules &
1) Come to class prepared for all activities with all necessary materials.
2) Participate in and complete all class work and have a proper and professional
attitude at all times.
3) Make up any missed work, tests, quizzes, and other in class assignments within 2
4) Maintain at least a 70 average.
5) Adhere to the attendance policy set forth in the student handbook.
6) Present at least one original composition to the class on student’s choice of
7) No eating or drinking in the band room.
An excellent way for parents to keep track of how their child is doing is each night
to review Parent Portal and check their child’s notebook for new coursework and
If students miss school due to illness, it is the responsibility of the student to
determine what they have missed and to complete all missing assignments within
one week for full credit.
The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; all information contained in the
course syllabus/calendar is subject to change. Any changes will be announced in
class and a revised syllabus distributed to students to be shared with their