Music in Theory and Practice, Vol. I
Music for Sight Singing
MacGAMUT 6 User Disk
Class procedures, and an introduction to technologies
Notation of pitch
Rhythm and meter
Division of the beat
Diatonic and chromatic semi-tones
Major and minor scales and keys
The circle of fifths
Perfect, major and minor intervals
Augmented and diminished intervals
Interval fluency (drilling)
Methods of transposition
Chords and chord members
Triads: their qualities (M, m, Aug., Dim.) and inversions
Harmonic analysis: Roman numerals, chord positioning symbols
Harmonic analysis continued: Seventh chords, figured bass
The particles of form: motives, phrases, cadences, periods
Project: Group analysis and debate
Non-harmonic tones: Defining and differentiating types
Non-harmonic tones continued: Achieving fluency in identification
The particles of form continued: Melodic structure and contour, sequences, phrasing
Texture: Elements and analysis
Review week and Introduction to Composition
Project: simple I, IV, V, I homophonic song – in groups (3 weeks)
Voice leading 1: Counterpoint guidelines, writing for two parts
Voice leading 2: Four-voice “chorale” texture and analysis
Voice leading 3: Four-voice composition; rules (and exceptions)
Harmonic progression and rhythm: Creating bass line/harmony
Review Week and Mid-term Exam
Dominant seventh chords
Inversions and resolutions
Leading-tone seventh chords
Variants and resolutions
Non-dominant seventh chords
Function, analysis, resolution
Modulation: Related keys, methods of writing modulation
AP Practice Exam and review
Intermediate Composition Project: Use of form, common chord progressions, modulation, secondary chords
Secondary dominant/leading-tone chords 1
Secondary dominant/leading-tone chords 2
Form 1: Divisions, two-part form, compound forms
Form 2: Three-part form, rounded binary form, other forms
Composition Project Week
Project follow-up: Audio presentations of compositions
Twentieth Century composition
AP Practice Exam and review
AP Exam review continued
Wrap-up discussion and saying good-bye!
This course will give students introduction, practice, and mastery of the following topics in Music Theory:
1. The fundamentals of tone, including pitch, intervals, pitch organization (scales and keys), and pitch combination (chords).
2. Advanced chord vocabulary, including dominant, nondominant and leading-tone seventh chords.
3. The fundamentals of rhythm, including notation, duration, metric organization, and rhythmic patterns.
4. Comprehension and fluency in common-practice harmony, including chord quality and positioning, voice leading (up to four parts), and counterpoint.
5. Advanced harmonic understanding, including common harmonic progressions, common bass line movement, harmonic rhythm, and modulation techniques.
6. Fluency in the basic symbolic and analytical language of music, including figured bass realization and Roman numeral analysis.
7. The basic components of musical form, including motives and phrases, and their combinations into larger musical structures.
8. An understanding of the historical developments in music theory, from the modes of the medieval era through the popular, folk, and jazz music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
9. An introduction to twentieth-century scales, chordal structures, and compositional procedures, through a basic analysis of the components and their use in modern music.
10. The many connections between music and other disciplines in the humanities (visual art, literature, etc.).
Written course materials are supplemented with a rigorous course of sight singing and ear training exercises.