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A series of tests is used to determine initial placement in a music theory course (Music Theory Placement Tests 1-4) and an aural skills course (Aural Skills and Sight-Singing Placement Tests 1-3). These tests may be taken only once, to determine initial placement in course sequences. Some courses in the Music Theory Division are consent courses; students obtain consent from the Divisional Secretary (not the instructor).

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Music Skills Courses

All students enrolled in the Conservatory (including Double-Degree and Transfer students), as well as College Music Majors and students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who wish to elect a course in Aural Skills, are required to take Aural Skills Placement Test 1, Parts A and B. Depending on the results, a student may be asked to take Sight-Singing Placement Test 1. Together, these tests determine whether a student should begin with MUTH 100, 101, or 102. Similarly, Aural Skills and Sight-Singing Placement Tests 2 and 3 may determine that a student should begin with MUTH 201, 202, or 301. A student who lacks an aural skills placement test score will not be allowed to pre-register for an aural skills course, but will be placed on a waiting list.
Because Aural Skills I-IV and Music Theory I-IV are linked, students must take Aural Skills I concurrently with Music Theory I, Aural Skills II concurrently with Music Theory II, etc.
Under certain circumstances, a student may be allowed to take Aural Skills IV and Music Theory IV separately; this requires the permission of both the appropriate division director and the Music Theory division director.

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Under certain circumstances, a student may be allowed to take Aural Skills IV and Music Theory IV separately; this requires the permission of both the appropriate division director and the Music Theory division director.
100. Introduction to Aural Skills 1 hour
Introduction to aural understanding through singing, movement, writing, dictation, and the rudiments of music notation. Diatonic major and minor scales and keys, stepwise movement of soprano and bass, the tonic triad and its arpeggiation, simple intervals, introduction to rhythm and meter, treble and bass clefs. Prerequisites: Placement by Aural Skills Test 1. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12. Preference given to students for whom aural skills is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-100-01 MW 1:30-2:20 Ms. Rinehart
101. Aural Skills I 1 hour
Development of aural understanding through singing, conducting, improvisation, and dictation. The melodic line, simple two-line combinations, rhythmic phrases, scales and triads, tonic and dominant arpeggiation, diatonic intervals, simple and compound meters, treble and bass clefs, cadences, phrases, sentences, and periods. Prerequisites: MUTH 100 or placement by Aural Skills/Sight-Singing Test 1. Co-requisite: MUTH 131. Enrollment Limit: 12. Preference given to students for whom aural skills is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-101-01 MW 12:00-12:50 Staff B
MUTH-101-02 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Staff C
MUTH-101-03 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Staff C
MUTH-101-04 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-101-05 TuTh 2:30-3:20 Ms. Rifkin
Sem 2 MUTH-101-01 MW 12:00-12:50 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-101-02 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Mr. Marvin
MUTH-101-03 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-101-04 TuTh 2:30-3:20 Ms. Rifkin
102. Aural Skills II 1 hour
A continuation of MUTH 101. The minor mode, arpeggiation of the subdominant and supertonic triads and the cadential six-four, tonicization of or modulation to V in major and III in minor, diatonic sequences, chromatic simple intervals and diatonic compound intervals, more elaborate divisions of the beat, less usual meters, polyrhythm, small binary forms, introduction to the alto clef. Prerequisites: MUTH 101 or placement by Aural Skills/Sight-Singing Test 1. Co-requisite: MUTH 132. Enrollment Limit: 15. Preference given to students for whom aural skills is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-102-01 MW 9:00-9:50 Mr. Marvin
MUTH-102-02 MW 11:00-11:50 Mr. Marvin
MUTH-102-03 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Mr. Marvin
MUTH-102-04 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Mr. Marvin
Sem 2 MUTH-102-01 MW 9:00-9:50 Mr. Marvin
MUTH-102-02 MW 10:00-10:50 Mr. Marvin
MUTH-102-03 MW 11:00-11:50 Staff C
MUTH-102-04 TuTh 9:00-09:50 Staff C
MUTH-102-05 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Staff C
MUTH-102-06 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Staff C
201. Aural Skills III 1 hour
A continuation of MUTH 102. Three-line combinations, arpeggiation of all diatonic triads and the leading-tone seventh chord, major-minor mode mixture, diatonic modulation to all closely related keys, aural analysis of short pieces, more complex meters, the tenor clef. Prerequisites: MUTH 102 or placement by Aural Skills/Sight-Singing Test 2. Co-requisite: MUTH 231. Enrollment Limit: 15. Preference given to students for whom aural skills is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-201-01 MW 12:00-12:50 Staff C
MUTH-201-02 MW 1:30-2:20 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-201-03 MW 2:30-3:20 Staff
MUTH-201-04 MW 2:30-3:20 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-201-05 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-201-06 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-201-07 TuTh 2:30-3:20- Staff B
Sem 2 MUTH-201-01 MW 2:30-3:20 Staff B
MUTH-201-02 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Staff B
MUTH-201-03 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Mr. Moore
MUTH-201-04 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Mr. Moore
202. Aural Skills IV 1 hour
A continuation of MUTH 201. Four-line combinations, chromaticism, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, quintuplets and septuplets, unequal beats, all chromatic simple and compound intervals from any degree of the scale, aural analysis of longer pieces, improvisation emphasizing memorization and sense of form, score reading with at least two simultaneous C clefs, score memorization. Prerequisites: MUTH 201 or placement by Aural Skills/Sight-Singing Test 2. Co-requisite: MUTH 231. Enrollment Limit: 15. Preference given to student for whom aural skills is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-202-01 MW 9:00-9:50 Staff B
MUTH-202-02 MW 10:00-10:50 Staff C
MUTH-202-03 MW 11:00-11:50 Mr. Moore
MUTH-202-04 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Mr. Moore
Sem 2 MUTH-202-01 MW 12:00-12:50 Staff C
MUTH-202-02 MW 1:30-2:20 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-202-03 MW 2:30-3:20 Staff C
MUTH-202-04 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-202-05 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Mr. Marvin
MUTH-202-06 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Ms. Rifkin
MUTH-202-07 TuTh 3:00-4:20 Mr. Marvin
210. Solfege-Eurhythmics 2 hours
An approach to sight singing based on pedagogical principles devised by the Swiss composer, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. Emphasis on the development of rhythmic and pitch sensitivity through exercises using physical movement. Recommended for students wanting to improve their sight-singing skills and/or to gain experience with the Dalcroze method. Prerequisites: MUTH 131 and 101, or the equivalent. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 2 MUTH-210-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Moore
211. Eurhythmics 1 hour
A study of music based on the principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze emphasizing the development, by means of physical motion, of sensitivity to rhythm, melody, phrasing, form, etc. Other emphases include the internalization of the rhythmic sense and the development of precision in ensemble work and of physical coordination as it applies to the student's performing medium. Preference given to Conservatory students and College music majors. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 MUTH-211-01 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Mr. Moore
301. Aural Skills V 1 hour
A continuation of MUTH 202. Chromatic and atonal materials, ametric compositions, more complex polyrhythms and meter changes, introduction to the soprano clef, score reading involving transposing instruments. Prerequisites: MUTH 202 or placement by Aural Skills/Sight-Singing Test 3. Enrollment Limit: 15. Preference given to students for whom aural skills is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-301-01 MW 1:30-2:20 Mr. Moore
MUTH-301-02 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Mr. Moore
Sem 2 MUTH-301-01 MW 12:00-12:50 Mr. Moore
MUTH-301-02 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Mr. Moore
302. Aural Skills VI 1 hour
Next offered 2002-2003.

 

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Music Theory Courses

All students enrolled in the Conservatory (including Double-Degree, Transfer, and Graduate students), as well as College Music Majors and students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who wish to elect a course in Music Theory, are required to take Music Theory Placement Test 1. This test determines whether a student should begin with MUTH 120 or 131 or should attempt the next placement test. Similarly, Music Theory Placement Tests 2, 3, and 4 may determine that a student should begin with MUTH 132, 231, or 232. Transfer and graduate students who score high enough on Music Theory Placement Test 4 will be placed into a 300-level upper-division course with the consent of the Director of the Music Theory Division.
Because Music Theory I-IV and Aural Skills I-IV are linked, students must take Music Theory I concurrently with Aural Skills I, Music Theory II concurrently with Aural Skills II, etc. Under certain circumstances, a student may be allowed to take Music Theory IV and Aural Skills IV separately; this requires the permission of both the appropriate division director and the Music Theory division director.

 

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Lower-Divison Courses

120. Introduction to Music Theory 2 hours
A course in the rudiments of music including: clefs; notation; transposition; meters and their signatures; intervals; scales and modes; triads and seventh-chords; introduction to figured-bass. Written assignments, keyboard exercises, and classroom aural and singing drills. Prerequisites: Placement by Music Theory Placement Test 1, and the ability to read music. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 25. Preference given to students for whom music theory is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-120-01 TuTh 8:35-9:50 Ms. Rinehart
MUTH-120-02 MWF 12:00-12:50 Ms. Rinehart
Sem 2 MUTH-120-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Rinehart
MUTH-120-02 TBA Staff A
131. Music Theory I 3 hours
Introduction to counterpoint; tonic, dominant, leading-tone, subdominant, and supertonic triads; the dominant-seventh chord (including inversions); and the cadential six-four chord. Introduction to phrase and period structure. Analytical, writing, dictation, and keyboard harmony skills are introduced and developed. Prerequisites: MUTH 120 or a passing score on Music Theory Placement Test 1. Co-requisite: MUTH 101. Enrollment Limit: 20. Preference given to students for whom music theory is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-131-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Mr. Mast
MUTH-131-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Mast
MUTH-131-03 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Cadwallader
MUTH-131-04 MWF 12:00-12:50 Mr. Darcy
MUTH-131-05 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Darcy
Sem 2 MUTH-131-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Staff B
MUTH-131-02 MWF 11:00-11:50 Staff B
MUTH-131-03 MWF 12:00-12:50 Ms. Leydon
MUTH-131-04 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Mast
132. Music Theory II 3 hours
Continuation of MUTH 131, including remaining diatonic triads, supertonic- and subdominant-seventh chords, tonicization of V in major and minor and of III in minor; special six-three and six-four chord usages; small binary and ternary forms. Analytical, writing, dictation, and keyboard harmony skills are developed. Prerequisites: MUTH 131 or a passing score on Music Theory Placement Test 2. Co-requisite: MUTH 102. Enrollment Limit: 20. Preference given to
students for whom music theory is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-132-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Staff A
MUTH-132-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Staff A
MUTH-132-03 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Lubben
MUTH-132-04 MWF 12:00-12:50 Mr. Lubben
Sem 2 MUTH-132-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Mr. Mast
MUTH-132-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Mast
MUTH-132-03 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Cadwallader
MUTH-132-04 MWF 12:00-12:50 Mr. Darcy
MUTH-132-05 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Darcy
231. Music Theory III 3 hours
Continuation of MUTH 132, including melodic and rhythmic figuration, modal mixture, the diminished-seventh chord, remaining diatonic seventh chords, applied dominant and leading-tone chords, and diatonic modulation; introduction to fugue and sonata form. Analytical, writing, dictation, and keyboard harmony skills are developed. Prerequisites: MUTH 132 or a passing score on Music Theory Placement Test 3. Co-requisite: MUTH 201. Enrollment Limit: 20. Preference given to students for whom music theory is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-231-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Mr. Alegant
MUTH-231-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Alegant
MUTH-231-03 MWF 11:00-11:50 Ms. Rogers
MUTH-231-04 MWF 12:00-12:50 Ms. Rogers
MUTH-231-05 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Cadwallader
Sem 2 MUTH-231-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Ms. Leydon
MUTH-231-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Ms. Leydon
MUTH-231-03 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Lubben
MUTH-231-04 MWF 12:00-12:50 Mr. Lubben
232. Music Theory IV 3 hours
First module: continuation of MUTH 231 emphasizing chromatic harmony and voice-leading techniques, including the Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords, chromatic mediants and submediants, common-tone chords, augmented triads, etc. Second module: introduction to techniques of twentieth-century music. Prerequisites: MUTH 231, or a passing score on Music Theory Placement Test 4. Co-requisite: MUTH 202. Enrollment Limit: 20. Preference given to students for whom music theory is a required subject.
Sem 1 MUTH-232-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Lubben
MUTH-232-02 MWF 11:00-11:50 Staff B
MUTH-232-03 MWF 12:00-12:50 Staff A
Sem 2 MUTH-232-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Mr. Alegant
MUTH-232-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Alegant
MUTH-232-03 MWF 11:00-11:50 Ms. Rogers
MUTH-232-04 MWF 12:00-12:50 Ms. Rogers
MUTH-232-05 MWF 1:30-2:20 Staff A

 

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Upper-Divison Courses

Each 300-level course has MUTH 232 as its prerequisite; some 400-level courses have specific 300-level courses as their prerequisites. A student who wishes to take a 300-level course concurrently with MUTH 232, or who wishes to take a 400-level course without the specified 300-level prerequisite, must secure the consent of both the instructor and the Division Director; such consent will be given only under exceptional circumstances (this applies to all students, including transfer and graduate students).
325. Counterpoint in Composition 3 hours
A species approach to strict counterpoint, designed to acquaint students with fundamental voice-leading techniques of music from the 16th through the 19th century. The course explores the foundations of counterpoint, through the five species; students study contrapuntal techniques through two- and three-part written exercises, class discussion, and two-part dictation. Students examine passages from the literature to ascertain the relationship of strict counterpoint to free
composition. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 MUTH-325-01 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Mr. Marvin
Sem 2 MUTH-325-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Cadwallader
330. The Music of J.S. Bach 3 hours
An analytical course on the music of J.S. Bach, with reference to music of his contemporaries as appropriate. Genres to be investigated include the chorale and chorale prelude for organ; the canon, invention, and fugue; prelude, fantasy, and passacaglia; suite movements; the Baroque concerto; and the Baroque trio sonata. The latter portion of the semester will focus on expanded and transformed examples of these compositional techniques as found in the various solo, duo, and choral movements of Bach's cantatas. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 2 MUTH-330-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Mast
340. Form and Analysis 3 hours
A course developing techniques of analysis that apply to standard tonal forms. Structural principles underlying the binary, ternary, rondo, and sonata forms (including the concerto) are studied in detail. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20. Not open to students who have taken MUTH 343 (String Quartet) or 345 (Mozart).
Sem 2 MUTH-340-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Alegant
343. The String Quartet 3 hours
A course in 18th- and early 19th-century musical form, as manifested in the string quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. All standard forms except concerto are studied, including binary, ternary, minuet and trio, sonata, and rondo; however, the emphasis is upon sonata-based compositions. Class participation and five short analytical papers are required. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20. Not open to students who have taken MUTH 340 (Form and Analysis) or 345 (Mozart).
Sem 1 MUTH-343-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Darcy
345. The Music of Mozart 3 hours
Next offered 2002-2003.
370. Music of the Twentieth Century 3 hours
A panoramic survey of the music of Europe and the United States from 1900 to 1950. Class discussion will focus on compositional styles and techniques. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 1 MUTH-370-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Ms. Rogers
374. Trends in Contemporary Music 3 hours
A course in which certain aspects of Western musical thought from WW I to the present are examined. Included will be a comparison of two contrasting modes of musical behavior: music that evolved out of an orientation toward the rational-mathematical/technological ("Modernism"); and music directed by those forces we speak of as irrational or intuitive ("Postmodernism"). Representative works will be studied in score, and pieces employing the techniques under examination will be written and performed. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 2 MUTH-374-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Coleman
410. Senior Project in Theory: Reading 3 hours
Extensive readings in theoretical literature under the supervision of a project supervisor.
Consent: Consent of instructor required. Consent from Division Director required for those with junior status. Enrollment Limit: Open only to Music Theory majors with senior or junior status.
Sem 1 MUTH-410-01 To be arranged Staff
Sem 2 MUTH-410-01 To be arranged Staff
411. Senior Project in Theory: Thesis 3 hours
A major analysis project carried out under the supervision of a project supervisor. Prerequisites: MUTH 410. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Approval of continuation in the Music Theory major from the Division Director is also required. Enrollment Limit: Open only to Music Theory majors.
Sem 1 MUTH-411-01 To be arranged Staff
Sem 2 MUTH-411-01 To be arranged Staff
415. Analysis and Performance 3 hours
The course focuses on the analysis and performance of tonal and non-tonal music. Selected compositions from the Baroque to the present are vehicles through which students will learn concepts and explore the ways in which analysis informs the act of performance. Students will learn all of the selected works as well as two works of their own choosing that shall be the subjects for small- and large-scale projects. Daily preparation involves listening, analysis, score reading, and in-class discussion. Students will on occasion be asked to perform in class, and to read articles or chapters from books. The final project will include a paper and a lecture/ performance. Enrollment Limit: 16.
Sem 1 MUTH-415-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Alegant
442. Late Beethoven 3 hours
The examination, from various analytical viewpoints, of two late Beethoven works: the Hammerklavier Sonata, Op. 106, and the String Quartet, Op. 135. A term paper dealing with certain specific compositional procedures characteristic of late Beethoven in required. Prerequisites: MUTH 340, 343, or 345. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 1 MUTH-442-01 TuTh 8:35-9:50 Mr. Hoffmann
444. The Classic/Romantic Piano Concerto 3 hours
Next offered 2002-2003.
448. Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis 3 hours
Next offered 2002-2003.
450. Music of the Romantic Era 3 hours
Next offered 2002-2003.
452. The Romantic Symphony 3 hours
An analytical study of selected symphonies by 19th-century composers, including Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, and Mahler. Particular attention will be given to the concept of "sonata deformation," whereby composers deform the 18th-century sonata paradigm for particular expressive purposes. Class participation and two large analytical papers are required. Prerequisites: MUTH 340, 343, or 345. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 1 MUTH-452-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Mr. Darcy
460. Wagner's Ring Cycle 3 hours
Next offered 2002-2003.
471. Debussy and his Contemporaries 3 hours
Next offered 2002-2003.
475. Music of Stravinsky 3 hours
In this course, students will study the music of Igor Stravinsky from a primarily analytical viewpoint. Through in-depth analysis of selected pieces from each of Stravinsky's three main compositional periods (Russian, neoclassical, and serial) and through readings in the music-theoretical literature, students will explore how the music works and what makes it distinctly "Stravinskian." Stylistic differences among the compositional periods will be explored, as will significant compositional techniques that served Stravinsky throughout his career. Analytical examination will lead to discussions of performance issues and comparisons of performances (including any presented by Conservatory ensembles). In addition to studying selected works in detail, students will become acquainted with numerous other works by Stravinsky to increase familiarity with his music and encourage recognition of compositional traits in a variety of contexts. Analytical exploration of Stravinsky's music will be enriched through investigation of relevant aspects of the composer's artistic and personal histories. Students will read a variety of sources, including texts attributed to Stravinsky and excerpts from recent historical research.
Work for the course will include: (1) preparation for class discussion requiring listening, reading, and musical analysis; (2) written assignments in the form of brief analyses of musical excerpts and short essays on musical issues or assigned readings; (3) listening exams evaluating acquaintance with a broad spectrum of Stravinsky's works; and (4) a final project consisting of an analytical paper and a 20-minute class presentation on the same topic.
Sem 2 MUTH-475-01 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Ms. Rogers
477. Music of Schoenberg 3 hours
A study of the method of 12-tone composition: its evolution from timbral serialism (opus 16, no. 3), "working with tones" (opus 23), to the sophisticated row manipulations of the late dodecaphonic works. The Variations for Orchestra, opus 31 and the String Trio, opus 45, will be analyzed in detail. A single, comprehensive analytical paper, based on a composition of Schoenberg, is required. Prerequisites: MUTH 370 or 374. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 2 MUTH-477-01 TuTh 8:35-9:50 Mr. Hoffmann

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