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July 14, 2004 2:25 PM

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Friday, 8/8: Final grades are now up! Thanks for the good work the past three weeks. I'll look forward to having some (or all) of you in Theory I and Aural Skills I this fall!

Wednesday, 8/6: Latest results are now posted!

Latest competency results are now posted. Revised grading is as follows due to the elimination of the dictation competencies:

A = 1,110 or more pts.
B = 910 or more pts.
C = 810 or more pts.
D = 710 or more pts.
F = less than 710 pts.

I have color coded the totals on the grade sheet as follows: Orange = A, Purple = B, Yellow = C.

I've put two of the sight-singing songs here for you to "see". You can't use the music for the test, however.

Previous assignments and messages

Monday, 8/4: REMEMBER - NO CLASS on TUESDAY! Prepare to take more competencies on Wednesday.

Saturday, 8/2: Latest competency results are now posted!

Wednesday,7/30: Tomorrow's class in optional! If you think there are some things I can help you with, I will be here, but if you feel that practicing this material on your own would be more beneficial, then do that. A fresh round of competencies will be offered on Friday!

Tuesday, 7/29: Try the latest tools for your musical improvement! Both metronome and keyboard can be found here. Clicking here should also check your computer for the correct plugin. Please let me know if this works!!!

Continue to work on intervals. Learn the major triads. Think about how beaming works and we'll talk more about it tomorrow.

Monday, 7/28: I've built a bigger better metronome! Please try it and let me know if it works. If you have any suggestions for improving it, let me know that too.

Work on interval recognition. Javamusic and have decent drill programs. With both programs, there are various options that can be chosen so try to figure these out before you start. Go to the homework link to find the worksheets and answers.

Saturday, 7/26: OK, Friday's competencies have been graded and results posted.

Friday, 7/25: Check back later this weekend for your written competency results to be posted.

Check out the first stage of the online metronome I'm working on and tell me if it works! Metronome

Thursday, 7/24:Competencies will be given on Friday. The entire class should take #1, 2, 5, and 6 (except for anything you have already passed). For those of you that feel that you are ready, I will offer other competencies tomorrow as well. Tuesday, 7/22:If you haven't already done last night's assignment, do it now! Work on writing major and minor scales. The scale builder at Javamusic (on the links menu to your left) is good for practicing scales. Click on the option button to select which types of scale you want to practice.

Take a look at this list of terms to know. We'll talk about them in class.

Monday, 7/21: Print the following worksheets: rhythm reading, sight singing, and keyboard scale fingerings.

For tomorrow, work on identifying notes in treble and bass clefs, practice identifying half and whole steps, try writing major scales on various notes.

Practice conducting in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4. In case you have forgotten how to do the 4/4 conducting pattern, click here to see an animated demonstration!!!.

Practice singing major scales using moveable do solfege. Try singing simple children's songs in solfege.

Learn how to play the C major scale on the piano.

Have fun!

The syllabus for summer 2003 is now online (left menu). You will need to print the following worksheets: rhythm reading, sight singing, and keyboard scale fingerings. Please do this as soon as possible. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin, click the link in the downloads menu to go get it.

Feel free to get started right away. There will not be a textbook to purchase for the course because there is so much material available online. Try some of the links on the left menu that have instructional materials and get started with basics such as identifying notes fluently in both bass and treble clefs. Check out the "Resources" section of this site to find various worksheets and other activities.

SING! If you are not accustomed to singing, it's time to start. Sing along with the radio, try to match pitches played on a piano or other instrument, sing familiar songs (folk, children, or Christmas), etc. You will need to be able to "carry a tune"!