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Music Theory and Fundamentals

MUS-102: Music Fundamentals
Introduces music majors and nonmajors to the principal elements of music theory including notation, melody, choral harmony and musical form. Intended for students with strong interest but limited background in music theory. Credits: 3, Prereq: none

MUS-120: Music Theory I
Studies the notation of pitch and rhythm, meter, major and minor key relationships, melodic structure, intervals, triads, two-part counterpoint, the basics of four-part harmony and instrument transposition. Credits: 3, Prereq: none

MUS-121: Music Theory II
Studies seventh chords (spelling, quality, inversions, Roman numerals and figures) and the use of all inversions of diatonic seventh chords in four-part harmony, melodic phrase structures and the harmonization of melody, the concepts of modulation and tonicization (secondary-dominant function chords), and binary and ternary forms. Credits: 3, Prereq: MUS-120

MUS-135: Music Theory Lab I
Supports the objectives in MUS-120 by developing skills in ear training (aural identification of scales, intervals and chords), dictation (rhythmic, melodic and harmonic), and sight singing. Credits: 1, Prereq: none

MUS-136:Music Theory Lab II
Continuation of Music Theory Lab I. Supports the objectives in MUS-121 by developing skills in ear training (aural identification of scales, intervals and chords), dictation (rhythmic, melodic and harmonic) and sight singing. Credits: 1, Prereq: MUS-135

MUS-221: Music Theory IV
Studies enriched and chromatically altered harmonies and enharmonic modulation; instrument transposition and the orchestral score; the materials of Impressionism; tonality in the 20th century; and atonality, set theory and twelve-tone structures. Examines and analyzes music from the 1820s to the present. Credits: 3, Prereq: MUS-220

MUS-236: Music Theory Lab IV
Continuation of Music Theory Lab III. Supports the objectives in MUS-221 by developing advanced skills in ear training (aural identification of scales, intervals and chords), dictation (rhythmic, melodic and harmonic) and sight singing. Credits: 1, Prereq: MUS-235