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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Woolhouse


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 428

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23669

Office Hours: Wednesday 9.30-10.30, Friday 9.30-10.30

Course Objectives:

Course Description

This course will review the major musical forms of the common practice period, including simple binary and ternary, rondo and sonata, variants of sonata form, multi-movement sonatas, concertos, suites, early contrapuntal forms and fugues. In addition, individual works will be analyzed in order to familiarize students with music's 'nuts and bolts', such as cadential progressions, circles of fifths, imitation, sequence, ostinati, anticipations,  suspensions, and so on. A considerable amount of class time will also be devoted to listening to music from a structural, analytical perspective.

Method of Assessment:


Assignments                           (5 x 8% each)               40%

Participation/Attendance                                           10%

Midterm Test                          (18 October)                20%

Final exam                               (TBA)                          30%

Total                                                                           100%


Much of the coursework will be posted on Avenue to Learn throughout the term ( Assignments, also posted on Avenue to Learn, are to be submitted by specific dates; see timetable on page 3. Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by a medical certificate, or with the prior consent of the instructor.

Important Dates

Term 1

September 5:                                       Term begins

October 18:                                          Midterm Test

October 31 to November 2                  Midterm recess

November 28 to December 5:             Test and Examination Ban

December 4:                                        Classes end

December 6-20:                                  Final Examination (TBA)

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:

Required Music

J. S. Bach. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I and II Complete (New York: Dover, 1983)

Beethoven. Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume 1. (New York: Dover, 1975)

Beethoven. Symphony No. 1 & 2. (New York: Dover, 2001)

Mozart. Complete Sonatas and Fantasies for Solo Piano. (New York: Dover, 1996)

Suggested Reading (available in Mills Library)

Aldwell and Schachter.  Harmony and Voice Leading. 4th Edition

Caplin, W. E. Classical form: A theory of formal functions for the instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Green, D. M. Form in Tonal Music: An Introduction to Analysis. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston: First ed., 1965; Second ed., 1979)

Stein, D. J. Engaging music: essays in music analysis. (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Morris, R. O. The Structure of Music: An Outline for Students. (Oxford University Press, 1935)