Course Descriptions

(all course numbers have MUS prefix)

Undergraduate Courses in Theory

1100 Introductory Musicianship

The aural skills complement to MUS 1200; emphasizes rudimentary skills in sight singing, rhythm reading, and ear training. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MUS 1200 or 1301, or a passing score on the Theory Placement Exam, or divisional consent.

1101 Musicianship I

The aural skills complement to MUS 1301, this course emphasizes solfège singing of major and minor melodies at sight, rhythm reading in both simple and compound meters, and melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation. Prerequisite(s): MUS 1100 or a passing score on the aural portion of the Theory Placement Exam; and credit or concurrent enrollment in MUS 1301.

1102 Musicianship II

A continuation of MUS 1101, designed as the aural skills complement to MUS 1302. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in MUS 1101, and either credit or concurrent enrollment in MUS 1302.

1200 Introductory Music Theory

The study of rudiments of written theory, including notation, scales, key signatures, music terminology, intervals, rhythm and meter, chord construction, and music reading. Does not count as credit toward a degree with a major in music.

1301 Theory I

The first course in a systematic study of the organization of music of the Common Practice Period. Students acquire a basic understanding of the structure of tonal music through analysis and written exercises in harmony and counterpoint. Prerequisite(s): MUS 1200, or a passing score on the Music Theory Placement Exam.

1302 Theory II

A continuation of MUS 1301, including non-chord tones, 2:1 counterpoint, seventh chords, and basic formal structure. Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in MUS 1301.

2101 Musicianship III

A continuation of MUS 1102, designed as the aural skills complement to MUS 2301. Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in MUS 1102; and credit or concurrent enrollment in MUS 2301.

2102 Musicianship IV

A continuation of MUS 2101, designed as the aural skills complement to MUS 2302. Emphasizes singing and dictating melodies, rhythms, and chords commonly encountered in late nineteenth and twentieth-century music. Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in MUS 2101; and credit or concurrent enrollment in MUS 2302.

2301 Theory III

A continuation of MUS 1302, emphasizing chromaticism in tonal harmony and introducing standard musical forms. Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in MUS 1302.

2302 Theory IV

A survey of late nineteenth and twentieth-century compositional techniques and methods of analysis, including scales, chords, rhythmic techniques, approaches to tonality, set theory, and serialism. Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in MUS 2301.

3202 Choral Arranging and Composition

Creative work in choral arranging and composition. Analysis of various styles of choral composition. Prerequisite(s): MUS 2102 and 2302.

3301 Theory V

Harmonic and structural analysis of larger forms, including variations, rondo, sonata, and contrapuntal forms. Prerequisite(s): MUS 2302 and credit or concurrent enrollment in 2102.

3306 Orchestration

Ranges, notation, and characteristics of orchestral instruments. Exercises in orchestrating for combinations of string and wind instruments, including full orchestra. Styles of orchestration. Orchestral score reading. Prerequisite(s): MUS 2101 and 2301.

4204 Advanced Orchestration

Study of problems in orchestration beyond the general topics addressed in MUS 3306. Prerequisite(s): MUS 3306.

4205 Theoretical Systems

Systems currently employed in music-theoretic scholarship for analysis of various musical styles. Application and comparison of the systems. Prerequisite(s): MUS 3301.

4280 Senior Seminar and Paper

Introduction to bibliography, research methods, and scholarly writing, providing the opportunity for specialized work in the student's major area in music history and literature or theory degrees. Prerequisite(s): MUS 3301.

4301 Advanced Analysis

Investigation of specialized topics in music analysis, with focus on a particular analytical approach or repertoire. Prerequisite(s): MUS 3301.

4304 Counterpoint

Principles of modal and harmonic counterpoint. Prerequisite(s): MUS 2102 and 2302.

4305 Advanced Counterpoint

A continuation of MUS 4304. Advanced work in specialized areas of counterpoint. Prerequisite(s): MUS 4304.

Graduate Courses in Theory

5100 Music Theory Review

Review of part writing, ear training, analysis, and keyboard procedures. Required of graduate students who show deficiencies in theory on the graduate entrance test. Does not count as degree credit.

5201 Pedagogy of Theory

Survey of materials and methods for teaching theory at high school and college levels.

5301 History of Music Theory

Theorists and theoretical tracts from the ancient Greeks to the present day.

5302 Analytical Techniques

A survey and application of analytical approaches and techniques currently employed in the study of music. Required of all graduate students in music.

5355 Analysis Seminar

Intensive structural and harmonic analysis of a selected composer or period. The course may be repeated once for credit.