Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Aug 19, 2022  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MUSIC 2101 - Theory, Materials and Techniques I

Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: basic ability to read/write music and to sing or play an instrument, as evaluated by diagnostic exam (administered in first class meeting of semester), and/or instructor permission. Some students might be required to take  MUSIC 1100 - Elements of Musical Notation  concurrently, while others might be encouraged to take MUSIC 1105 in the Spring before returning to MUSIC 2101 the following Fall. Intended for students planning to major or minor in music, and other qualified students. A grade of B or better in MUSIC 2101 is required for admission to the music major.

J. Spinazzola.

Study of the foundations of tonal music as conceived and practiced throughout eighteenth-century Europe. The course combines modern pedagogical methods with the study of relevant historical sources and incorporates active learning at the keyboard. Topics to be covered include rudiments such as scales and triads; melodic and harmonic principles; voice-leading strategies and schemata; species counterpoint; improvisation, including techniques of embellishment and the realization of solfeggi and partimenti; rhythm, meter, and the musical embodiment of gestures; and the study of topoi and social registers. During section meetings, the concepts and skills introduced in lecture will be practiced at the keyboard as well as vocally. Other topics to be covered in sections include the rudiments of musicianship (literacy, aural skills, intervallic production and identification, rhythmic accuracy and fluency, etc.); sight singing; and score reading.

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