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MUSC& 131 - Music Theory 1

3 credits

Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 121 , basic piano or guitar skills, or concurrent enrollment in MUSIC 117 .

This is the first class of the music theory sequence required by music majors. Notation, scales, keyboard harmony, intervals, triads, terminology, analysis of simple harmony and beginning ear training.

AA Specified Elective
Satisfies humanities distribution area C requirement or specified elective for the AA degree.

Course Outcomes
The goals of this course are to improve students’ performance in the following areas:

  • Comprehend elementary note reading, rhythm reading, keyboard identification, interval identification, chord building, scale building, cadence identification, and conventional part-writing procedures for tonic, dominant and subdominant triads
  • Analyze and synthesize the above mentioned elements of music
  • Think critically about the elements of music
  • Work with other classmates to solve harmonizing and voicing problems
  • Think critically about analytical issues in music and about one’s own responses
  • Develop essays from critical and analytical responses to the text and to class discussions as well as outside research
  • Analyze and synthesize ideas from listening to live performances. Develop critical and analytical responses to those performances

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