Course Topics

Theory I (MUS 121)
An intensive study of music fundamentals and materials followed by an introduction to part writing in two voices (counterpoint). Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples. MUS 131 is the honors section of Theory I.

Honors Theory I (MUS 131)
Honors section of Theory I.

Ear Training I (MUS 121L)
A study including sight-singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible.  Taken concurrently with MUS 121. MUS 131L is the honors section of Ear Training I.

Honors Ear Training I (MUS 131L)
Honors section of Ear Training I.

Theory II (MUS 122)
A continuation of Theory I. Covers part-writing in four voices, harmonic function, phrase structure, sequences, the harmonization of melodies and basses, and an introduction to chromatic harmony. Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples. MUS 132 is the honors section of Theory II.

Honors Theory II (MUS 132)
Honors section of Theory II.

Ear Training II (MUS 122L)
Continuation of MUS 121L. Taken concurrently with MUS 122. MUS 132L is the honors section of Ear Training II.

Honors Ear Training II (MUS 132L)
Honors section of Ear Training II.

Theory III (MUS 231)
A continuation of Theory II. Covers chromatic harmony and voice leading, modulation, modal mixture, and styles and techniques relating to music of the twentieth century and beyond. Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples.

Ear Training III (MUS 231L)
A study including sightsinging, rhythmic performance, keyboard and improvisation exercises, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. Taken concurrently with MUS 231.

Theory IV (MUS 332)A continuation of Theory III. A culmination of theory study, which focuses on the large-scale tonal organization of entire compositions or movements, with an emphasis on conventions relating to form and style. Covers traditional instrumental and vocal forms, contrapuntal genres, and popular music forms. The course emphasizes writing and speaking about music and includes an introduction to library research.

Analytical Studies (MUS 455)

Topic: Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis

Heinrich Schenker (1868–1935) was an Austrian musician and theorist who developed an analytic technique that uses illustrative voice-leading graphs to help explain the harmonic and contrapuntal structure of tonal compositions in terms of hierarchical levels of embellishment. Schenker’s method is aimed at revealing connections within a piece of music that are not immediately apparent. It also offers us a way to make sense of complex tonal events as elaborations of simpler models. This course focusses on the practical application of Schenker’s principals in analysis.