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.

Introduction to Composition: Explorations in Musical Time and Space

Introduction to Composition is intended for students who wish to explore sound and music through projects involving instruments, voices, and intermedia. No previous background in music theory is required. The course is especially appropriate for students who may have written songs or composed, and who would like to explore how to create for different kinds of instruments. It will be less about “what you know” than what you imagine.

Introduction to Music Theory (Advanced)

Rudiments of music theory, including meter, major-minor tonality, and chordal vocabulary. Introduction to harmony, four-part chorale writing. Prerequisite: some previous exposure to music theory through playing or singing; familiarity with elementary concepts, (e.g. key signature, scales, clefs). Not open to students who have taken MUSIC 161-1. (Students without playing or singing experience, see MUSIC 161-1.) One course.

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