614 Music Theory

2 semesters, 1 credit

Open to juniors and seniors

Prerequisite: 2 years of Band/Choir or with permission of instructor.

This course explores the elements of musical grammar and how they are used in the composition of music.  The goal of the course is to give a more complete understanding of the theoretical aspects of music and is designed for students with a strong background in music. 

Skills

By the completion of this course, student will be able to...

  1. Identify basic musical terms and theoretical concepts.
  2. Construct and perform major, minor, chromatic, whole tone, and modal scales.
  3. Analyze and construct different types of intervals
  4. Analyze and construct triads in root, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
  5. Identify and construct harmonic cadences.
  6. Identify and construct simple and complex rhythmic passages.
  7. Sing simple melodies that are conjunct and disjunct.
  8. Analyze and construct four part textures.
  9. Identify and construct harmonies using figured bass and Roman numerals.
  10. Identify and analyze the following forms: simple binary, rounded binary, and ternary  

Knowledge

By the completion of this course, students will know...

  1. Basic musical terms
  2. Major, minor, chromatic, whole tone, and modals scales
  3. The following triads: major, minor, diminished, and augmented
  4. The difference between triads in root, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
  5. The different types of harmonic cadences
  6. How to read simple and complex rhythmic passages
  7. How to read music using figured bass and Roman numeral notation
  8. The difference in simple binary, rounded binary, and ternary music forms

 

This curriculum last updated on January 4, 2019, by the Fine Arts Department.