Music Theory I
This is the first class of the music theory sequence required by music majors. Notation, scales, keyboard harmony, intervals, triads, terminology, analysis of simple harmony and beginning ear training. 3 lecture hours. Satisfies humanities distribution area C requirement or specified elective for the AA degree.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 121; basic piano or guitar skills, or concurrent enrollment in MUSIC 117.
The goals of this course are to improve students’ performance in the following areas:
- Comprehend elementary note reading, rhythm reading, keyboard identification, interval identification, chord building, scale building, cadence identification, and conventional part-writing procedures for tonic, dominant and subdominant triads.
- Analyze and synthesize the above mentioned elements of music.
- Think critically about the elements of music.
- Work with other classmates to solve harmonizing and voicing problems.
- Think critically about analytical issues in music and about one’s own responses.
- Develop essays from critical and analytical responses to the text and to class discussions as well as outside research.
- Analyze and synthesize ideas from listening to live performances. Develop critical and analytical responses to those performances.