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Music Theory and Ear Training 2 (MUSC 2175)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: This course will expand topics covered in MUSC 1175: Music Theory and Ear Training I. Continuing with an 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 the styles and genres of 19th century. 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 better a musician through sight-singing and ear training putting theoretical ideas about melody, rhythm, and harmony into practice.

Topical Outline:
1. Voice leading in four voices
2. Harmonic progression and harmonic rhythm
3. Functional harmony including secondary dominants, leading-tone chords and modulation
4. Nondominant seventh chords
5. Musical forms including binary and ternary forms
6. Practical skills including ear training, sight-singing and dictation

Learning Outcomes:
1. Analyze 18th through early 19th century Western art music for specific musical elements including leading-tone chords, secondary dominants, nondominant seventh chords, modulation and musical structures
2. Analyze and compose harmony in four voices applying 18th through early 19th century voice-leading practices
3. Compose musical examples using theoretical knowledge of techniques used in 18th through early 19th century Western Art Music
4. Notate melody, rhythm and harmony from performed examples
5. Realize notated music through sight-singing

Prerequisites:  MUSC 1175

MnTC: Goal 6