Analysis of Musical Form

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2014
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MW 1:00pm-1:50pm

Dr. Martin Camacho (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Hearing Form
Anthology Hearing Form

Course Objectives

Course Description:

Analysis of musical structure including simple binary and ternary forms, the rondo and sonata-allegro forms, and contrapuntal applications.


Course Objectives:

  • Identify and use appropriate terminology to describe the most common musical forms and its elements
  • Examine musical compositions using standard analysis techniques
  • Incorporate concepts from other music classes in the analysis process
  • Apply analysis of musical form to aid in performance practices

Grading Standards


Course Evaluation:


Grading Scale





59- F


15%     Class participation and attendance

Discussion of reading assignments will be done in preparation for analysis assignments, exams and quizzes.  Attendance to class is required.


25%     Class Assignments

Periodic assignments related to the class content will be needed. This may include homework assignments from the textbook, assignments designed by the instructor, short composition projects, or any other at the discretion of the instructor.


20%     Quizzes

Quizzes will not be made up unless the student presents an official university approved excuse.  Check periodically D2L and during class for the scheduling of quizzes.



20%     Exams

Two exams (mid-term and final) will be given at the appropriate times of the semester. At least a week notice will be given prior to mid-term exam. The final exam will be conducted in accordance with the university official final exam schedule.  Missing the midterm exam is highly discouraged and will not be made-up unless the student presents an official university approved excuse. The final exam may not be made up, no exceptions. Travel or flight plans, work, concerts, lessons etc., are not valid excuses. All exams will be taken in pencil.  Due to the nature of the course content, the final exam may be cumulative. Final exam for this class will take place on Monday, December 8, 3:30-5:30pm, in C117A.


20%     Analysis Project Assignments

Analysis project(s) will be announced by the instructor throughout the semester.  Specific instructions and guidelines for those project(s) will be provided and will constitute an official addendum to the present syllabus.     

Final Exam

12/08/2014 3:30pm

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.

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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.

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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 as part of the total grade, as outlined in the grading section. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. 


Unexcused (or unauthorized) absences will have consequences:

  • Up to three unexcused absences will be tolerated.  Each additional unexcused absence will lower the final grade by 5%.  Students with more than 6 unexcused absences will be subject to an administrative withdrawal (instructor drop) from the course at the discretion of the instructor, and may receive an F grade.
  • Students with unexcused absences will continue to be responsible for all class work, homework, assignments, quizzes, projects, or exams administered or assigned during their absence.


Excused (or authorized) absences include:

  1. Absences where a student is participating in a university-sponsored activity (authorized excuse). In these cases, the absence and the appropriate approval have to be reported to the instructor prior to the absence date. Absences for academically-related activities are not automatically included in this category (class field trips for other classes, attendance at conferences, etc.) and will require prior instructor approval to be excused.
  2. Absences due to the confinement to a university or other health facility when written evidence is provided, or absences incurred due to illness or medical conditions, documented by a doctor’s excuse.
  3. State law allows student absences for the observance of religious Holy Days, if desired. However, a student must notify the instructor by the 15th day after the first day of classes if an absence under this category will occur. 


In all cases of excused or authorized absences, students are still responsible for all missed work (class work, homework, assignments, quizzes, projects, or exams administered or assigned) during their absence.  Missed work must be made up by the student the week following the absence, and never later than the day of the final exam, whichever occurs first.


A large number of excused absences could impose a tough academic pressure and demands on the completion of course work, and may jeopardize the student’s ability to obtaining a passing grade.  Students with large number of excused absences throughout the semester are encouraged to exploring their options with the instructor.

Other Policies


All students will be required to read the pertinent chapters from the required textbook in alignment with the class topic schedule (below).  In addition, a sizable number of musical examples and scores will be required and may be obtained either from the recommended anthology, libraries (MSU or other), public domain websites, etc. Other readings may be needed to supplement the class materials and will be announced as needed.


Students will need to access recordings and videos to supplement readings and lectures, and to complete assignments, projects, class work, etc.  Those can be accessed using the library resources or other websites.




Topic Schedule

(Subject to change and modifications)





Introduction, Cadences and Phrases


Phrase Organization


One-Part and Through Composed Forms


Binary, and Ternary Forms


Sonata Forms


Concerto Forms


Rondo Forms


Variation Forms


Imitative Forms


Review and Complete Projects


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