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Word to the Wise #1

When a Music 1A listening assignment asks you about features in an assigned piece of music and those features are described clearly in the text, providing an answer that completely omits what the text says tends to suggest that…

… maybe you didn’t study the text before answering.

Right?

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Music 1A: Test #2 Graded

I have scored and posted grades for test #2 in the Music 1A classes. The news is good!

  1. The overall performance on the second test this quarter was significantly better than that in average classes. In fact, not one person failed this test and there were a lot of A and B grades. Congratulations.
  2. I also took a look at where you are headed regarding your final course grades. Almost everyone in the class has already earned enough credit to pass — as long as you keep doing the remaining work. Only a very small number of students have not yet reached this threshold… but the news is good for them, too. In all of the latter cases the students have enough graded work left plus things like extra-credit reviews, resubmitted homework, optional second concert reports, and the option to retake one test that they are also almost certain to at least pass and they could even do better than that.

Music 1A: Quiz #5 Grades

We discovered an error on some scores for the retake of quiz #5 in the Tuesday/Thursday class only. The result was that a few of you have had your quiz #5 grade adjusted upwards by one grade. Check the online grades to see if this affects you.

Music 1A: Schedule Changes for Week Eight

As announced recently in class, there have been changes to the Music 1A schedule this week and next. Below I have highlighted changes for the current week, May 30-June 2.

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY CLASS

  • The quiz that was originally scheduled for this week will now be next Monday, June 5
  • You have a choice regarding when you turn in the homework assignment originally scheduled for this week. You may turn it in this Wednesday, May 31 (the original due date) or you may wait and turn it in next Monday, June 5. 
  • Test #2 is still this Wednesday, May 31 as originally scheduled.
  • See the course calendar for additional information including other changes that affect week nine quiz and homework dates.

TUESDAY/THURSDAY CLASS

  • The quiz that was originally scheduled for this week will now be next Tuesday, June 6
  • You have a choice regarding when you turn in the homework assignment originally scheduled for this week. You may turn it in this Thursday, June 1 (the original due date) or you may wait and turn it in next Tuesday, June 6
  • Test #2 is delayed until this Thursday, June 1 — it was originally on Tuesday, May 30.
  • See the course calendar for additional information including other changes that affect week nine quiz and homework dates.

A Different Way Of Visualizing Musical Forms

This is an interesting — and tasty! — way to think about many of the musical forms we are looking at right now in Music 1A: Musical forms illustrated using cookies.

Music 1A Schedule Adjustments

Due to a holiday next Monday and my desire to keep the two Music 1A classes more or less in sync with one another, I will announce a few modifications to the upcoming schedule for week’s eight and nine. They are officially listed in the class calendar, but here is a brief overview.

  1. Test #2 will be at the second class meeting next week (week eight) for both classes.
  2. The homework assignment listed as due next week (week eight) may optionally be submitted at the first class meeting the following week.
  3. The quiz originally scheduled for next week (week eight) will be delayed until the first class meeting of the following week (week nine).
  4. The quiz originally scheduled for the first meeting of week nine will be delayed until the second class meeting.

That is a lot to digest, so take a look at the class calendar at this website to see it laid out more clearly.

Music 1A Notes — Week Seven Spring 2017

We are now in the second half of the spring term and things will move fairly quickly from here forward. As we have discussed, if you stay on top of things starting now you should be able to do well! A few important notes follow. (more…)

Music 1A Week Six Quizzes

Since concert reports are due at the first class this week, Music 1A students will probably not be disappointed to hear that this week’s quiz will be at the second class meeting instead of the first. (There is NO change to the homework assignment due date this week.)

Music 1A Assignment #3 Notes

As I announced in class this past week, on assignment #3 I decided to invoke the “full credit for submitting the assignment” clause from the syllabus — if you turned in a complete assignment with answers that were related to the questions, even if not fully correct, you received full credit. (“Full credit” = “A.”) (more…)

Music 1A: Homework Reminder

Here is another reason to always turn in your listening assignment homework:

“At the instructor’s discretion, some listening assignments may earn full credit for completion alone, in which case an A grade will be recorded.”

During extra-busy times during the term I may award full credit — that means at “A” grade — on a few homework assignments based on completion alone. We are entering one of those busy times right now.