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MASTER SYLLABUS

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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. Includes a review of music fundamentals, the tonic, dominant, subdominant and leading tone triads, the triad in inversion, and the C clefs. 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:

Tonal Harmony: With an Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music
By Kostka, Stefan & Payne, Dorothy (McGraw-Hill)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives

    To acquire a thorough knowledge of the elements of pitch.

    To acquire a thorough knowledge of the elements of rhythm.

    To acquire and utilize knowledge sufficient to identify and notate triads and seventh chords.

    To acquire and utilize knowledge sufficient to identify and notate diatonic chords in major and minor keys.

    To evidence an understanding of voice leading principles.

    To demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the rules for root position part writing.

 
Measurable Learning Outcomes:

     Identify the keyboard and octave registers of the treble, bass, alto and tenor staves.

    Analyze and construct all major and minor scales.

    Identify and construct all major and minor key signatures.

    Identify and label scale degrees.

    Identify and construct perfect, major, minor, augmented, and diminished intervals in root position and in inversion.

    Recognize intervals as consonant or dissonant.

    Identify and write all durational symbols.

    Identify and interpret all tempo markings.

     Identify and conduct simple and compound meter signatures.

    Recognize and construct diatonic triads and seventh chords in root position in major and minor keys.

    Recognize and construct diatonic triads and seventh chords  in first, second and third inversion in major and minor keys.

    Recognize chords in various textures.

    Construct four-part harmony using proper part writing techniques.

     Make observations regarding voice leading in pieces of chordal style.

    Analyze complete pieces from the common practice period.

    Identify the ranges of all the instruments of the orchestra.

    Identify and interpret transpositions of all of the instruments of the orchestra.

 
Topical Outline:

    I. Elements of pitch

      a. The keyboard and octave registers

      b. Notation of the staff

      c. The major scale

      d. The major key signatures

      e. Minor scale

      f. Minor key signatures

       g. Scale degree names

•      h. lntervals

      i. Perfect, major, and minor intervals

      j. Augmented and diminished intervals

      k. lnversion of intervals

      l. Consonant and dissonant intervals

    II. Elements of rhythm

      a. Rhythm

      b. Durational symbols

      c. Beat and tempo

•      d. Meter

      e. Division of the beat

      f. Simple time Signatures

      g. Compound time signatures

      h. Time signatures summarized

      i. More on durational symbols

    lll. lntroduction to triads and seventh chords

•      a. Triads

      b. Seventh chords

      c. Inversions of Ccords

      d. Inversion symbols and figured bass

      e. Lead sheet symbols

      f. Recognizing chords in various textures

    IV. Diatonic chords in major and minor keys

      a. The minor scale

      b. Diatonic Triads in Major

      c. Diatonic triads in minor     

       d. Diatonic seventh chords in major

      e. Diatonic seventh chords in minor

    V. Principles of voice leading

         a. The melodic line

         b. Notating chords

         c. Voicing a singe triad

         d. Parallel motion

    VI. Root position part writing

         a. Root position part wWriting with roots a 4th (5th) apart

         c. Root position part writing with roots a 3rd(7th) apart

         e. Instrumental ranges and transpositions

 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

 
Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

 
Prepared by: Nollie Moore Date: February 22, 2013
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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