- Course Number:
- MUS 111
- Course Title:
- Music Theory I (part one)
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Course DescriptionCovers music theory as exhibited in the works of the great composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Includes notation, pitch, meter, tonality, modality, harmony and diatonic function. Basic music analysis focusing on harmonic function and figured bass notation. Includes written composition. Part one of three-term sequence. MUS 111C recommended for music transfer students. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and MUS 110. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Students will receive basic instruction in MIDI and computer skills to facilitate learning and the completion of compositions.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
Exhibit developing musicianship (good tone production, stylistically proper phrasing, execution of dynamics and articulations) by beginning the application of the components of music theory through musical expression.
Attain musical literacy in order to consciously observe the musical practices of the masterworks of the western world through listening, harmonic analysis and basic music composition in order to appreciate simultaneously the uniqueness of a work, its origins and precedent, its potential as an influence and inspiration on other works, and its relationship to a particular cultural moment.
Generalize listening experience to music that is not part of the western art music tradition so that he/she can understand and value the music of the peoples of the world in all-encompassing ways.
Develop a personal musical language in the composition of basic musical works
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The instructor should make the criteria for assigning a course grade and for evaluating student progress clear at the beginning of the term. The individual instructor will determine the methods of assessment. Assessment methods may include:
Small group work/problem solving
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Pitch and its notation
¦ Diatonic and chromatic half steps
¦ Solmization (aural recognition)
¦ Borrowed divisions
¦ Rhythmic performance
¦ Notational guidelines
More on pitch
¦ The keyboard
¦ Keys and key signatures
¦ Dominant seventh chords
¦ Chord inversions
¦ Chord symbols (sonority)
¦ Figured bass
¦ Diatonic triads in major keys
¦ Diatonic triads in minor keys
¦ Functional tonal principles
¦ Roman numeral function designation
¦ Dominant-type function
¦ Predominant function
¦ Harmonic variants
¦ Harmonic cadences
¦ Nonharmonic tones
¦ Embellishing tones
¦ Principles of harmonization
Introduction to music technology
The following skills are expected to be achieved to successfully meet the minimum requirement ("C" or "Pass") of the course.
Examine an example of diatonic music and identify key.
Aurally and visually identify meter for basic musical works.
Provide a detailed harmonic analysis of a diatonic musical work using roman numeral function and sonority (chord symbol).
Notate and perform a basic musical idea (melody).
Apply functional principles and harmonize preexisting melody.
Identify, create and utilize common harmonic cadences.
Identify, categorize and label nonharmonic tones.