Music Theory II

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2011
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times
10:00-10:50 MWF
Dr. Tim Justus (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Objectives:

Continued understanding of the structure of the music of the 18th and 19th century as related to melody, chord progression, and voice leading, and practice in writing short exercises in the style.

Course Expectations


Kostka, Stefan and Dorothy Payne. Tonal Harmony: With an Introduction to Twentieth Century Music, 6th Edition. McGraw Hill).


Other Materials Needed:

Manuscript paper, soft lead pencils, ruler or straight edge, and other music manuscript preparation materials. (All work will be done in pencil. Specific assignments may be accomplished on Finale.)

Grading Standards

Course Evaluation:


Instruction will take place in the form of lecture, analysis, in-class performance and exercise, assigned textbook reading assignments, out of class work, handouts, discussion and computer assisted learning and composition.


Grading Scale





59- D


30%     Class work and homework, class participation

Homework will be assigned following most class periods and due at the next class meeting, unless otherwise stipulated. All homework is due for the date assigned at the beginning of class. Late homework will be accepted only with excuse for a documented illness or family emergency. Assignments may be turned in early if it is known that a class will be missed.


30%     Quizzes

Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Quizzes may not be made up.


30%     Exams

Exams will be given over significant topics after sufficient class explanation and practice. At least a week notice will be given prior to exams. Missing an exam is highly discouraged. Make up exams are given at the convenience of the instructor. Exam types will also include special short composition projects designed to illustrate and provide practice in specific concepts. These take home exams will be  graded as regular exams. All exams will be taken in pencil. The final exam will not be weighted any heavier than other exams, but will however be cumulative, due to the nature of the course content. The final exam will be given during the final exam period. The final exam  may not be made up. There will be no exceptions. Travel or flight plans, work, concerts, lessons etc., are not valid excuses.


10%     Projects

Several short composition projects are included in the course of study. Projects will be assigned periodically and topics selected in consultation with the instructor. Requirements for this project will be discussed in class prior to assignment.

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements


Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in loss of work, missed tests, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count 10% of the total grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. 

Absences will have consequences.

         Individuals missing 10% of class may be denied the option for makeup exams or homework, even for missing a test with an excuse.

         In borderline grade cases, attendance will be considered a factor, for or against.


Excused absences include:

         Attendance at authorized off-campus activities or functions.

         Confinement to a university or other health facility when a written excuse is provided.

         Absences incurred due to illness, documented by a doctors excuse. Exams and class-work missed during a period of excused absence must be made up the week following the absence.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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