Course Topics

MUS 231: Theory III

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.

MUS 332: Theory IV

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.

MUS 345: Music History II: Classical and Romantic

This course offers a survey of vocal and instrumental music from approximately 1730 to 1900. We will trace the development of major genres, including the symphony, string quartet, concerto, aria, and oratorio. Students will consider how Classical composers contributed to Western Art Music by inventing or codifying some of the most enduring genres and forms and by creating the Galant style. We will then explore how Romantic composers transformed the genres, forms, and harmonic language inherited from Classical composers. Many of these changes resulted from a desire to express emotions and ideas through music, as we will see. Historical, social, and political factors that affected music and musical life will also be investigated.