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Undergraduate Music Theory

Trains all music majors and minors in the theoretical foundations and composition techniques of Western classical music.  Also prepares some students for graduate work in music theory.

Undergraduate Studies in Theory for Music majors   (see Subplans and Courses below)

New for 2021: There is now a Music Theory concentration option for the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (B.A.). Less intensive than the Bachelor of Music degree, it can be useful for double-majoring or pursuing a more generalized liberal arts education. Further details, including requirements and subplan, are coming soon.

Undergraduate students seeking more advanced training in music theory/composition may wish to pursue a B.Mus. with concentration in Composition. These students take advanced electives in counterpoint and orchestration, and graduate-level theory seminars, in addition to composition courses.

Prof. Hooper teaching

Undergraduate B.A. in Music Theory Courses

Undergraduate Theory Courses for Music majors/minors:

Theory I (Music 112; fall). Rudiments (review); two-voice counterpoint; fundamentals of harmony and voice leading. Analysis and composition.

Theory II (Music 113; spring): Diatonic harmony, sequences; basic forms (period, sentence). Analysis and composition.

Aural Skills I (Music 114; fall): Music listening and reading skills: basic rhythm and meter; diatonic melody. Sight-singing, dictation, transcription, and error detection.

Aural Skills II (Music 115; spring): Music listening and reading skills: basic rhythm and meter; diatonic melody and harmony. Sight-singing, dictation, transcription, and error detection.

Theory III (Music 212; fall): Chromatic harmony: applied chords, tonicization/modulation, modal mixture, the Neapolitan sixth chord, the augmented sixth chords, chromatic sequences. Analysis and composition.

Theory IV (Music 213; spring): Form: binary, ternary, sonata, rondo. Analysis and composition.

Aural Skills III (Music 214; fall): Music listening and reading skills: intermediate rhythm and meter; chromatic melody and harmony. Sight-singing, dictation, transcription, and error detection.

Aural Skills IV (Music 215; spring): Music listening and reading skills: advanced rhythm and meter; modulation; form. Sight-singing, dictation, transcription, and error detection.

Theory V (Music 312; fall, spring): Twentieth-century compositional techniques: diatonic modes and artificial scales; free atonality; serialism. Analysis and composition.