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1000 Level Courses

1101. Developmental Aural Skills (1). For music majors or with consent of instructor. Developmental diction, sight singing, and keyboard skills.

1103. [MUSI 1116, 1216] Elementary Aural Skills I (1). Corequisite: MUTH 1203. For music majors or with consent of instructor. Dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard skills.

1104. [MUSI 1117, 1217] Elementary Aural Skills II (1). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 1203 and 1103 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Corequisite: MUTH 1204. Dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard skills.

1203. [MUSI 1211] Elementary Music Theory I (2). Corequisite: MUTH 1103. For music majors or with consent of instructor. Melody, rhythm, and diatonic harmony.

1204. [MUSI 1212] Elementary Music Theory II (2). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 1203 and 1103 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Corequisite: MUTH 1104. Melody, rhythm, and diatonic harmony.

1300. Songwriting (3). A beginning course for nonmusic majors. A practical approach to music theory through songwriting. Includes aural training, notation, textual setting, melodic writing, and chord assignment. Fulfills Core Visual and Performing Arts requirement.


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2000 Level Courses

2103. [MUSI 2116, 2216] Intermediate Aural Skills I (1). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 1204 and 1104 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Corequisite: MUTH 2203. Dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard skills.

2104. [MUSI 2117, 2217] Intermediate Aural Skills II (1). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 2203 and 2103 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Corequisite: MUTH 2204. Dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard skills.

2203. [MUSI 2211] Intermediate Music Theory I (2). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 1204 and 1104 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Corequisite: MUTH 2103. Diatonic and chromatic harmony.

2204. [MUSI 2212] Intermediate Music Theory II (2). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 2203 and 2103 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Corequisite: MUTH 2104. Diatonic and chromatic harmony; survey of twentieth-century techniques.
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3000 Level Courses

3205. Introduction to Jazz Harmony (2). Prerequisites: MUTH 1104, 1204; MUAP 1124. Addresses fundamental concepts in contemporary jazz theory and harmony, intervals, chord construction, chord/scale relationships, harmonic and melodic analysis, scale choice, basic jazz keyboard, and aural skills.

3303. Form, Analysis, and Synthesis (3). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 2204 and 2104 with a grade of C or better or equivalent. The analysis and synthesis of Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Contemporary styles, including harmonic and nonharmonic practices and the principles of both small and large part-forms. May be an individual study course.
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4000 Level Courses

4305. Modal Counterpoint (3). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 2204 and 2104 with a grade of C or better or equivalent. A study of sixteenth century vocal counterpoint, beginning with the principles of melodic writing and concentrating upon the analysis and synthesis of polyphonic textures, as found in the motet and the mass.

4307. Tonal Counterpoint and Fugue (3). Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 2204 and 2104 with a grade of C or better or equivalent. The analysis and synthesis of eighteenth century counterpoint in two to four voices, concentrating upon the instrumental style and techniques of the invention and the fugue.

4316. 20th-Century Analysis Techniques (3). Prerequisites: C or better in MUTH 2104 and 2204. A study of twentieth-century analytical techniques and their application to post-romantic music. Restricted to music majors.Back to Top

 

5000 Level Courses

5300. Studies in Harmony and Voice Leading (3). Common-practice harmony, counterpoint, and figured bass. Prerequisite to enrollment in graduate music theory unless waived by placement or preliminary examination or by consent of the theory-composition division. Not intended to fulfill major or minor graduate degree requirements.

5301. Dictation and Sight-Singing (3). Studies in melodic, harmonic, and contrapuntal dictation, complemented by the sight-singing of equivalent materials. Prerequisite to enrollment in graduate music theory unless waived by placement examination or by consent of the division chair. Does not fulfill graduate degree requirements.

5303. Styles (3). A study of the development of harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, modal, and tonal practices from Gregorian Chant to the present.

5306. Pedagogy of Theory (3). A survey of the materials, organization, techniques, and problems of college freshman and sophomore theory courses.

5310. Modal Counterpoint (3). A study of sixteenth-century vocal counterpoint, beginning with the principles of melodic writing and concentrating on the analysis and synthesis of polyphonic textures, as found in the motet and the Mass.

5311. Tonal Counterpoint and Fugue (3). The analysis and synthesis of eighteenth-century counterpoint in two to four voices, concentrating upon the instrumental style and techniques of the invention and the fugue.

5315. Analysis of Tonal Music (3). Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUTH 5300 and MUTH 5301 or consent of instructor. A study of analytic techniques and their application in tonal music.

5316. 20th-Century Analysis Techniques (3). Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUTH 5300 and MUTH 5301 or consent of instructor. A study of twentieth-century analytical techniques and their application to post-romantic music.

5320. Special Topics in Music Theory (3). Topics include history of music theory, advanced analysis projects, and other topics as needed. Some topics offered on-line. May be repeated for credit on different topic.Back to Top

 

6000 Level Course

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).Back to Top