MUS 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC
Introduction to music theory and analysis, with emphasis on intervals, modes, scales, rhythm, meter, and form. About twenty pieces from the middle ages to the twentieth century are examined thoroughly and repeatedly throughout the course; a number of other pieces are discussed in less detail. Along the way, students learn the basic concepts of music theory (notes, intervals, scales, modes, rhythm, meter, chords), and immediately apply these concepts to close and critical musical investigation. Students are also encouraged to investigate the relationship of music to text, emotion, and historical context. No prerequisite. No musical training required.
Notes per syllable in each module of "Veni creator Spiritus"
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MUS 201 THEORY I: HARMONY
Introduction to the grammar of tonal music through part-writing and analysis. Includes scales, intervals, triads, seventh chords, and their inversions. Ear training in intervals, chords, melody, and rhythm. No prerequisites, but, knowledge of scales and key signatures required. No prerequisite.
MUS 202 THEORY II: INTERMEDIATE HARMONY
Continuation of Music 201. Contrapuntal techniques within a diatonic framework, including sequences, melodic, and rhythmic figuration. Ear training includes one- and two-part exercises. Prerequisite: MUS 201.
MUS 241 MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA
This course is an introduction to cultured and vernacular music of Hispanic- and Luso-American countries from colonial times to the present. Topics include: indigenous music, sacred and secular colonial music, nineteenth-century romantic and nationalistic styles, and contemporary folk, popular and concert hall music. No prerequisites.Fulfills fine-arts, cultural diversity, and ethnic-studies concentration requirements.
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MUS 246 MUSIC OF BRAZIL
A survey of cultivated and vernacular traditions of Brazilian music from colonial times to the present. Topics include: sacred and secular colonial music, the barrôco mineiro, nationalism, the avant-garde, samba, bossa nova, MPB, candomblé, jazz, tropical rock, and rap. No prerequisites. Fulfills fine-arts, cultural diversity, and ethnic-studies concentration requirements.
MUS 301 THEORY III: ADVANCED HARMONY
Continuation of Music 202: Modulatory and chromatic techniques, including mixture, applied chords, the neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords. Ear training includes two-, three-, and four-part exercises. Prerequisite: MUS 202.
MUS 302 FORM AND ANALYSIS
The different forms of tonal music are presented as arising from the phrase. After examining what a phrase is, students investigate how small compositions can be generated through manipulation and expansion of simple phrases, and by joining phrases into periods. The course then proceeds to examine how periods combine to create binary and ternary forms, which serve as the basis—conceptually and literally—of the larger sonata-allegro. Prerequisite: MUS 202.
MUS 311 COUNTERPOINT Students learn two-, three, and four-part species counterpoint as formulated in Peter Westergaard’s An Introduction to Tonal Theory, while examining the diverse manifestations of species counterpoint in compositions from the early baroque to the late romantic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.