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MUSC 110 First-Year Theory I • 5 Cr.


First of a six-course sequence in Music Theory for music majors and students who wish to compose. Students learn notation, rhythm, scales, keys, intervals, chords, voicing, chord progression, harmony, and composition. Sight singing and ear training are also included. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music notation and either vocal or instrumental performance capability.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Create and perform "compositions" utilizing the basic definition of music.
  • Find and name pitches in four different clefs in class and in exercises.
  • Create and perform counting patterns for given rhythms in class or in exercises.
  • Create Major scales from any given note or key signature in class or in exercises.
  • Create Minor scales given major keys or key signatures in class or in exercises.
  • Create the seven modes working from name or key signature in class or exercises.
  • Identify or create an asked-for interval in class or in exercises.
  • Harmonize given melodies using Keyboard or Choral voicing in class or exercises.
  • Harmonize using Open and Close choral spacing where appropriate in class or exercises
  • Harmonize chordlines using the Tonic and Dominant chords and their connections
  • Create original harmonizations using respacing, progresssion and resolutions in exercises
  • Demonstrate knowledge or coursework by successful Midterm and Final Exams.
  • Sight-singing / Ear-Training Skills
    • Transcribe simple rhythms by ear creating notation and counting pattern in class.
    • Transcribe simple melodies by ear into scale degree numbers in class.
    • Sight-read simple melodies using numbers and syllables through Unit 3 of Sightsinging Complete in class.
    • Sight-read rhythms through Unit 5 of Sightsinging Complete in class.
    • Identify intervals a P5 and smaller by ear in class.
    • Complete Level 5 of Music Lab computer program
    • Complete Level 10 of rhythm reading program "Rhythmaticity."
    • Self-assign Practica Musica computer program for further work on weak areas.



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