Music Theory

Classes

MUS 14 : Music Theory Laboratory IV

This course provides the practical application of chromatic musical materials and simple twentieth- century practices through sight singing; melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation; and keyboard harmony. Topics include chromatic and atonal melodies; complex rhythmic patterns in simple, compound and asymmetric meters; chromatic chords and twentieth-century harmony. Upon completion, students should be able to write, sing and play chromatic and atonal melodies, complex rhythms and meters, four-part chromatic harmony and simple twentieth-century chord structures.

hours

1

MUS 100 : Convocation

This course (required for music majors/minors each semester) is designed to expose students to a variety of repertory styles and to give students an opportunity to practice individual performance skills. Emphasis is placed on exposure to performance and lectures by guest artists, faculty, or students, and on personal performance(s) in class each semester.

hours

1

MUS 101 : Music Appreciation

This course is designed for non-music majors and requires no previous musical experience. It is a survey course that incorporates several modes of instruction including lecture, guided listening, and similar experiences involving music. The course covers a minimum of three (3) stylistic periods, provides a multi-cultural perspective, and includes both vocal and instrumental genres. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of music fundamentals, the aesthetic/stylistic characteristics of historical periods, and an aural perception of style and structure in music.

hours

3

MUS 104 : Jazz: an Introduction and History

This course provides a study of the origins, development and existing styles of jazz. Topics include the blues, piano styles, Dixieland, swing, bebop, third stream, cool, free jazz and jazz/rock fusion. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and an aural perception of the different style characteristics of jazz music.

hours

2

MUS 111 : Music Theory I

This course introduces the student to the diatonic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period. Topics include fundamental musical materials (rhythm, pitch, scales, intervals, diatonic harmonies) and an introduction to the principles of voice leading and harmonic progression. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic competency using diatonic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills.

hours

3

Corequisites

MUS 113

MUS 112 : Music Theory II

This course completes the study of diatonic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period and introduces simple musical forms. Topics include principles of voice leading used in three- and four-part triadic harmony and diatonic seventh chords, non-chord tones, cadences, phrases, and periods. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence using diatonic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills.

hours

3

Prerequisites

MUS 111

Corequisites

MUS 114

MUS 113 : Music Theory Laboratory I

This course provides the practical application of basic musical materials through sight singing; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and keyboard harmony. Topics include intervals, simple triads, diatonic stepwise melodies, basic rhythmic patterns in simple and compound meter, and four-part triadic progressions in root position. Upon completion, students should be able to write, sing, and play intervals, scales, basic rhythmic patterns, diatonic stepwise melodies, simple triads, and short four-part progressions in root position.

hours

1

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor

Corequisites

MUS 111

MUS 114 : Music Theory Laboratory II

This course continues the practical application of diatonic musical materials through sight singing; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and keyboard harmony. Topics include intervals, scales, diatonic melodies with triadic arpeggiations, more complex rhythmic patterns in simple and compound meter, and four-part diatonic progressions in all inversions. Upon completion, students should be able to write, sing, and play all intermediate rhythmic patterns employing syncopations and beat divisions, diatonic melodies, and four-part diatonic progressions.

hours

1

Prerequisites

MUS 113

Corequisites

MUS 112

MUS 115 : Fundamentals of Music

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of music and to develop usable skills for the classroom teacher. Topics include rhythmic notation, simple and compound meters, pitch notation, correct singing techniques, phrases, keyboard awareness, key signatures, scales, intervals and harmony using I, IV, and V with a choral instrument. Upon completion, students should be able to sing a song, harmonize a simple tune, demonstrate rhythmic patterns, and identify musical concepts through written documentation.

hours

3

MUS 211 : Music Theory III

This course introduces the student to the chromatic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period. Topics include secondary functions, modulatory techniques, and binary and tertiary forms. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence using chromatic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills.

hours

3

Prerequisites

MUS 112

Corequisites

(If ear training laboratory is a separate course, the COREQUISITE for MUS 211 is MUS 213.)

MUS 212 : Music Theory IV

This course completes the study of chromatic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period and introduces the student to twentieth-century practices. Topics include the Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, sonata form, late nineteenth-century tonal harmony, and twentieth-century practices and forms. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence using chromatic harmony and basic twentieth-century techniques through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills.

hours

3

Prerequisites

MUS 211 Corequisite:(If ear training laboratory is a separate course, the COREQUISITE for MUS 212 is MUS
214.)

MUS 213 : Music Theory Laboratory III

This course provides the practical application of chromatic musical materials through sight singing; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and keyboard harmony. Topics include melodies with simple modulations, complex rhythms in simple and compound meter, and secondary function chords. Upon completion, students should be able to write, sing, and play modulating melodies, rhythmic patterns with beat subdivisions and four-part chromatic harmony.

hours

1

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor

Corequisites

(If ear training is a separate course, the COREQUISITE for MUS 213 is MUS 211.)