Music Theory I, II

Music Theory I focuses on the musical style of the common-practice period. Students will analyze scores from this repertoire with respect to harmony, melody, rhythm, growth, and other musical characteristics. Students will compose examples illustrating stylistic characteristics, including harmony, voice leading, and counterpoint. Through sight singing and dictation, students will also develop aural skills. Music Theory II continues to build skills of analysis and composition. Scores from a wider scope of music history will be analyzed, exposing students to a variety of harmonic and formal techniques. Composition assignments will allow students to apply new techniques observed in analysis. Students also will continue to develop aural skills through more advanced sight singing and dictation. Both MUS 205 and 206 are presented in traditional and computer- assisted styles.

Three hours lecture, one hour labMUS 204 or placement exam; 205 is prerequisite to 206