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Course : Analysis of Musical Form

Course Number
MUSC 3632
Section Number
Fall 2021
Fain Fine Arts Center, C117C
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 06, 2021 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Students who successfully complete this course will complete analysis of musical structure including simple binary and ternary forms, the rondo and sonata-allegro forms, and contrapuntal applications.

All students will be required to read the pertinent chapters from the required textbook in alignment with the class topic schedule (below). In addition, many musical examples will be required and may be obtained from the anthology, libraries (MSU Texas or other), public domain websites, etc. Other readings may be needed to supplement the class materials.

Student will need to find recordings and videos to supplement readings and lectures as well as to complete assignments, projects, class work, etc. These can be accessed using library resources or other websites. For example:

       Score resources are available on IMSLP (

       Recordings are available through NAXOS MSU Texas Library

       YouTube® links

       MSU Texas library scores, databases, recordings, and interlibrary loan

Grading Scale: Total points for final grade.



90 - 100


80 - 89


70 - 79


60 - 69


Less than 60

Class Participation and Attendance – 15%

Discussion of reading assignments will be done in preparation for analysis assignments, exams, and quizzes. Attendance in class is required.

Homework Assignments – 25%

There will be periodic assignments related to course content. This may include homework assignments from the textbook, assignments designed by the instructor, short composition projects, or other at the discretion of the instructor.

Quizzes – 20%

Quizzes will not be made up unless the student presents an official university approved excuse. Quizzes may be given in class or within D2L. Students are expected to listen in class and check D2L periodically for the scheduling of quizzes.

Exams – 20%

Two exams (mid-term and final) will be given at appropriate times during the semester. At least one week’s notice will be given for the mid-term exam. Missing the mid-term exam is strongly discourages and will not be made up unless the student presents an official university approved excuse. The final exam will be conducted as outlined in the Final Exam Schedule for Fall 2021, which states that the final for this class will occur on Monday, Dec. 6, 10:30a – 12:30p in C117C or on D2L. 

Analysis Project Assignments – 20%

Analysis project(s) will be announced by the instructor throughout the semester. Specific instructions and guidelines for project(s) will be provided and will constitute an official addendum to this syllabus.

Attendance is an important aspect of this class. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in the loss of work, missed tests, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count as part of the final grade as outlined in the grading section. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.

Unexcused (or unauthorized) absences will have consequences:

Up to three unexcused absences will be tolerated. Each additional unexcused absence will lower the final grade by 5%. Students with more than 6 unexcused absences will be subject to administrative withdrawal (instructor drop) from the course at the discretion of the instructor, and may receive a grade of F.    

Students with unexcused absences will continue to be responsible for all class work, homework, assignments, projects, quizzes, or exams administered or assigned during their absence.

Excused (or authorized) absences include:

Absences where a student is participating in a university-sponsored activity (authorized excuse). In these cases, the absence and the appropriate approval have to be reported to the instructor prior to the absence date. Absences for academically-related activities are not automatically included in this category (class field trips for other classes, attendance at conferences, etc.) and will require prior instructor approval to be excused.

Absences due to confinement to the university, home, or other health facility when written evidence is provided, or absences incurred due to illness or medical conditions, documented by a doctor’s excuse.

State law allows student absences for the observance of religious Holy Days, if desired; however, a student must notify the instructor by the 15th day after the first day of classes if an excuse under this category will occur.

A large number of excused absences could impose academic pressure and increased demands on the completion of course work, and may jeopardize the student’s ability to obtain a passing grade. Students with large numbers of excused absences throughout the semester are encouraged to explore their options with the instructor.

Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to benefit from the instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the disruptive student(s) from the class, either temporarily or permanently (instructor drop), and receive a final lower grade, down to and including F.

Any assignments or exams submitted after the due date and time will receive the following reductions in grade: up to 24 hours = 10% off; 2 days = 15%; 4 days = 20%; 6 days = 25%. After one week the assignment receives a grade of zero.

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