MUSC111 Music Theory I

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC111 Music Theory I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
By qualifying exam or
MUSC115 Ear Training I
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Music Theory I explores elements of diatonic harmony (including triads, chord progressions, cadences, and part-writing principles). This course, intended for music majors, must be taken in conjunction with MUSC115 Ear Training I.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to

    1. analyze and construct diatonic harmonies using techniques of Roman Numeral harmonic analysis, figured bass, and related symbolic nomenclatures; and
    2. define, identify, and construct triads, chord progressions, cadences, and part-writing tasks.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. define, identify, and construct major and minor scales, intervals and diatonic triads
    2. define, identify, and construct major and minor key signatures
    3. define and analyze traditional four-part chorale style writing with regard to proper voice leading, vocal range, doubling, harmonizing and creating a soprano melody, etc.
    4. demonstrate applied part-writing skills
    5. analyze and apply contrapuntal composition techniques
    6. define, identify, and construct simple diatonic progressions in all major/minor keys pursuant to Roman numeral harmonic analysis and figured bass techniques and nomenclatures
    7. define and identify and construct authentic, half, deceptive, and plagal cadences
    8. employ cadential six-four and 1st inversion chords in a homophonic setting
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course-specific content will be assessed via homework assignments (workbook and instructor-generated), quizzes, and exams. A departmentally-generated final comprehensive examination will be administered to assess all subject matter components that are detailed in the Learning Goals for this course.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    A departmentally-selected textbook and workbook are required for this course. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/08; New Core 8/2015