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MUSIC 1CA3 Theory and Analysis I

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. William Renwick


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 409

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23671


Office Hours: Wednesday 10:30-11:30, Thursday 9:30-10:30

Course Objectives:

This course focuses on basic analytical and writing skills. The curriculum includes studies on intervals, scales, triads, and counterpoint. It continues with harmonic concepts including all diatonic triads, inversions, seventh chords, and cadences. The course enables students to study basic theory and prepares the music major for further studies in such specific areas as advanced harmony, composition, music analysis, and orchestration. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to analyze scores appropriate to the music studied and to harmonize melodies in chorale style.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Course materials will be provided on Avenue to Learn.

Optional supplementary text: ALDWELL, Edward; SCHACHTER, Carl; Harmony and Voice Leading (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1989, 2nd edition), MT 50. A 444

Method of Assessment:

Assignments (10 x 6% each) 60%

Participation 5%

Midterm test 15%

Final exam 20%

Total 100%

Students in this course will receive a midterm grade worth 10% by October 8.

Assignments, Quizzes and Tests, due dates

8 Sept  #1 due 15 Sept

15 Sept #2 due 22 Sept

22 Sept #3 due 22 Sept

15 Sept #4 due 29 Sept

6 Oct Midterm test

20 Oct #5 due 27 Oct

27 Oct #6 due 3 Nov

3 Nov #7 due 10 Nov

10 Nov  #8 due 17 Nov

17 Nov #9 due 25 Nov

25 Nov #10 due 1 Dec

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will receive a 10% reduction in grade.  After one week, late assignments will not be accepted, except in the case of a justifiable absence.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Unit 1: Intervals

Unit 2: Scales

Unit 3: Simple Melody

Unit 4: Parallel Harmony

Unit 5: Two-voice Counterpoint

Unit 6: Triads

Unit 7: Three-voice Counterpoint

Unit 8: Four-voice Counterpoint

Unit 9: Roman Numerals

Unit 10: Simple Cadences

Unit 11: Voice-leading

Unit 12: Harmonizing Melody Using Voice-Leading

Unit 13: harmony and meter

Unit 14: Harmonizing Basses

Unit 15: Harmonizing Melodies