Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-1311 (Section: 1, CRN: 92765)
Music Theory I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Caleb Fontenot
Email fontenotco@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6520
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Office Hours Tues/Thurs - 10:00 - 3:00p
Additional Contact Information none
Course Information
Description The study of analysis and writing of tonal melody and diatonic harmony, including fundamental music concepts, scales, intervals, chords, 7th chords, and early four-part writing. Analysis of small compositional forms. Optional correlated study at the keyboard.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Tonal Harmony: With an Introduction to Post Tonal Music, 8th edition, Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne and Byron Almén, McGraw Hill, 2018 

ISBN10: 125944709X 
ISBN13: 9781259447099
Additional Materials/Resources none
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Construct and identify major scale and all forms of the minor scale.
2. Construct and identify triads and seventh chords in all inversions.
3. Analyze triads in harmonic context utilizing standard roman-numeral symbols.
4. Compose music in standard four-part chorale style.
5. Identify small musical forms.
6. Demonstrate musical concepts covered in class, including scales, triads, and basic harmonic progression on the keyboard.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of rhythmic meter and note duration through score analysis and composition.
Core Objectives
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Lecture Topics Outline

Sculpting Music - notation and penmanship  
The Differences in Music Theory Philosophies  

Wave forms as related to music notation 
2nds - Scales - major first w/tetrachords, and Secundal harmony 
Differences in half and whole steps vs. minor and major 2nds 
Minor Scales - parallel vs. relative; forms; introduction of Augmented 2nd 
Scale Degree names (intro to modes) 

Note Values and Rhythm 
Time Signatures - Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Accent Placements 

- Intervals from Chapter 1 (pg. 16-22) 
3rds - Tertian chords with 3 to 4 chord members 

Diatonic Chords 
…be careful about “planing” in the Common Practice Era 

Voice Leading  
Rules and correct vs. incorrect movements (as described in the Common Practice Era) 
Horizontal vs. vertical part writing 

Root-Position Part Writing 
Transposition for Instruments 
Tessitura/range and arranging concepts/concerns 

Progression/chords in sequence 
Major vs. Minor concerns/patterns 
7th chords in sequence 

Major Assignments Schedule Active Participation (daily) 
Chapter Assignments (Accompanying Workbook) 
Listening/Error Detection Exercises 
Final Exam Date December 11, 2023 - 12:00 PM   Through  December 11, 2023 - 12:50 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Active Participation (daily) - 40% 
Quizzes (weekly) - 10% 
Chapter Assignments throughout - 30% 
Listening/Error Detection Exercises - 10% 
Attendance – 10% 
Course Policies
Instructor Policies You must email me prior to any absence, and as soon as possible for any emergency absence(s). All grades are final. 
Attendance Policy There are about 15 weeks in every semester; students are expected to attend at least 14 lessons per semester. Final grades will be reduced by 5 percentage points for every lesson missed. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Three or more late arrivals to class will count as one unexcused absence.
Additional Information none
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
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Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520