Music Theory Handbook

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Music Theory
Karen Wagner High School
Instructor: Mrs. A. Harris
School Number: (210) 662- 5000
Choir Office: (210) 662- 5017
Course Description:
This course is for advanced music students who are interested in the systematic study of
the structure of music through analysis, ear training and composition. Students will learn
basic musical language and grammar including note reading, musical notation, harmonic
analysis, and part writing which will lead to a thorough understanding of music
composition and music theory. Students will also obtain and practice ear training skills
and skills required for sight reading musical literature.
Supplies:
One binder (1 to 11/2 inch)
Pencils/pens
Highlighters
One spiral Notebook (journal/ class notes)
Loose leaf paper
Dividers (5)
I.
GRADING POLICY
Assessments vary according to the six weeks. Grades will include written
work, binder checks, reports, essays, presentations, classroom participation
and behavior. The categories are as follows:
a. Exams/Projects: 40% (concert reports, tests, essays, projects, etc.
b. Daily Grade/Participation/Quizzes: 50% (ear training/sight-reading test,
timed quizzes, written quizzes, scores studies, binder checks, written
work, etc.)
c. Homework: 10%
d. It is the responsibility of the student to make up any missed assignments
or quizzes.
II.
ASSIGNMENTS
a. Daily assignments will be due at the end of class unless otherwise stated
by the teacher.
b. Assignments are to be placed in the designated tray within the first 10
minutes of class. After that time, the assignment will be considered late.
c. Assignments are designed to prepare the students for quizzes and exams.
Failure to complete assignments may result in the receiving a failing grade
for the grading period.
III.
CLASSROOM RULES
a. Be IN your assigned seat with your materials and sharpened pencil when
the bell rings.
b. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized BEFORE you speak.
c. Follow instructions the first time they are given.
d. NO FOOD OR DRINKS during class.
e. No profanity is allowed.
f. No personal grooming is allowed.
g. Be courteous, positive and supportive of your fellow classmates.
IV.
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
a. First offense: Verbal warning
b. Second offense: Student/Teacher Conference/My Action Plan
c. Third offense: written warning and parent contact
d. Fourth offense: Administrative Referral
V.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
a. Wagner High School : (210) 662-5000
b. Choir Office: (210) 662- 5017
c. Email: [email protected]
WAGNER HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC THEORY
STUDENT CONTRACT
2011-2012
Name_____________________________ Birthday_____________________________________
Address_____________________________ City_______________________________________
Parent/Guardian ________________________________________________________________
Email (student) __________________________ (parent) ________________________________
Parent Contact Info: (Day)_______________(home) ________________(cell) _______________

Policies and procedures: I have read and understand the grading policies and
procedures.

Behavior: I have read the class rules and disciplinary procedures. I understand that my
behavior must be exemplary. I understand that if I am absent, it is my responsibility to
complete any make up work and missing assignments.
Both student and parent/guardian must sign and date below.
__________________________
Student Signature
__________________________
Date
As parents/guardians of this student I/we agree to support these policies and help our child meet
these requirements.
___________________________
Parent Signature
______________________________
Date
____________________________
Parent Signature
______________________________
Date
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