Theory and Practice of Tonal Music I
Music 261 addresses the harmonic and contrapuntal techniques of 18th-century music, with emphasis on the music of Bach (We also explore techniques of his contemporaries and other composers of later eras). The first half of the semester emphasizes mastery of basic skills; the second half focuses on four-part diatonic harmony (introduced by some two-part counterpoint). The required lab reinforces concepts studied in class through aural and keyboard exercises.
Prerequisites: basic knowledge of musical notation and vocabulary, including scales, basic chords and intervals, key signatures, meter, and rhythm; or MUSIC 161. One course