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Music Theory and Ear Training 1 (MUSC 1175)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: Founded on a basic understanding of the foundation of musical notation, harmony, and rhythm, this course will begin an examination of the structure of tonal music, as expressed primarily in Western Art Music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Through composition and analysis, you will develop a theoretical and practical fluency with notation, intervals, chords, inversions, voice leading, and harmonic progression. You will recognize, understand, and internalize what makes tonal music work, be able to discuss it usefully, and to apply these ideas to musicianship, in whatever form that takes. Beyond this, you will become a better musician through sight-singing and ear training, putting theoretical ideas about melody, rhythm, and harmony into practice.

Topical Outline:
1. Music fundamentals including basic notation, key signatures, scales, tonality, intervals, transposition, triads, seventh chords and inversions
2. Cadences and non-harmonic tones
3. Introduction to Figured Bass
4. Introduction to Species Counterpoint
5. Practical skills including ear training, sight-singing and dictation

Learning Outcomes:
1. Construct/identify key signatures, scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords
2. Identify cadences and non-harmonic tones in musical contexts
3. Compose musical examples using theoretical knowledge of techniques used in 18th through early 19th century Western Art Music
4. Analyze elements of 18th through early 19th century harmony, melody and rhythm
5. Notate melody, rhythm and harmony from performed examples
6. Realize notated music through sight-singing

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts