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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: MUSI 134
Course Title: Music Theory I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to the fundamental materials of music. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Placement Music Theory in high school or satisfactory score on Music Placement Exam or a grade of C or higher in MUSI 102. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSI 135.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Placement Music Theory in high school or satisfactory score on Music Placement Exam or a grade of C or higher in MUSI 102.

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSI 135.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music, 2/e
By Gauldin, Robert (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Student will demonstrate basic understanding of musical terms and notation.
  2. Student will apply fundamental principles of rhythm and pitch.
  3. Student will demonstrate effective use of current technology to prepare course assignments.
  4. Student will demonstrate developing ability for self-evaluation and assessment.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Pitch and Intervals
  • Rhythm and Meter I: Beat, Meter, and Rhythmic Notation
  • Tonic, Scale, and Melody
  • Triads and Seventh Chords
  • Musical Texture and Chordal Spacing
  • Part-writing in Four-Voice Texture
  • Melodic Figuration and Dissonance I: Embellishing Tones
  • Introduction to Diatonic Harmony
  • The Primary Triads: Tonic, Dominant, and Subdominant Chords
  • The Dominant Seventh: Embellishing the Tonic Harmony
  • The Tonic and Subdominant Chords in First Inversion
  • Phrase Structure and Grouping
  • Linear Dominants
  • The Pre-Dominant ii and ii7 Chords
  • Melodic Figuration and Dissonance II: Suspensions and Other Embellishing tones
  • The 6/4 and other Linear Chords

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 12

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Prepared by: Nollie Moore Date: September 10, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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