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  • MUTH 1500 Theory II Fall 2010
  • Recital Hall (MU 301)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 to 8:50
  • Instructor: Dr. David Bard-Schwarz
  • Office: MU 104
  • E-mail: david.schwarz@unt.edu
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 to noon

In this course we will work on diatonic harmony and form in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century pieces. The purpose of the course is to give you mastery of the harmonic language and formal principles of common-practice music. To that end, we will analyze pieces to discover their principles of organization, and you will do regular, part-writing assignments. You should think of part-writing a concentrated form of music composition.

Coming to class regularly and punctually is very important. There will be frequent quizzes which will be used to monitor attendance. You will be excused from class due to natural disasters, medical emergencies (concerning you or members of your immediate family), and official UNT musical activities.

All of the audio for the course is present in the form of mp3 files found below; you may listen to these by clicking on the link; these files cannot be downloaded. All of the scores you need will found below as pdf files that you may download.

Plagiarism will result in an F for the course.

You must pass the final in order to pass the course. In order to move on to Theory III, you must receive a grade of C or higher.

ALSO: laptops may be used for note-taking only. If we see that laptops are being used for any other purpose, you will receive a "O" for the day. Cell phones must be turned off or put in silent mode during class.

Our SI (supplemental instructors) will be Susan Curtice at SusanCurtice@my.unt.edu; also Andy Thompson at AndrewThompson@my.unt.edu .


  • Graders are Chris Viens:
  • ChrisViens@my.unt.edu
  • Devin Iler:
  • dai0004@unt.edu
  • Matt Jefferson:
  • matt.jefferson@telus.net

All assignments will be from the Aldwell / Schachter Harmony and Voice-Leading Fourth Edition.

The Student Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE) is a requirement for all organized classes at UNT. This short survey will be made available to you at the end of the semester, providing you a chance to comment on how this class is taught. I am very interested in the feedback I get from students, as I work to continually improve my teaching. I consider the SETE to be an important part of your participation in this class.

Grades will be determined as follows:

  • Daily work = 25%
  • Midterm = 25% (on extended part-writing and analysis)
  • Final Exam (cumulative) = 50% (on extended part-writing, analysis, and form)

Our graders will be announced shortly.

Daily work missed due to an excused absence can be made up if it is handed in within a week of your return to school. Otherwise there will be no late work accepted. Graded work can be revised and corrected at the discretion of the graders. Initial grades will remain; re-doing work will, however, give you added confidence for future assignments.