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MUSC 1611

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Credit Hours 2
Course Title Music Theory I
Prerequisite(s) MUSC 1708 or successful test performance on Music Theory Placement Examination
Corequisite(s) MUSC 1607 and MUSC 1621
Catalog Description
This is the first of a four-semester sequence of courses intended to introduce the student to the principles of music through visual analysis and parallel keyboard harmony skills. Topics covered include rudiments of notation, intervals, basic elements of meter and rhythm, major and minor scales and key signatures, diatonic triads and seventh chords in major and minor keys, with the introduction to principles of voice leading, harmonic progression, figured bass, and cadences, with the analysis of simple piano works and chorale examples.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify, write and play pitches in the four standard clefs [piano]
2. Identify, write and play major and minor scales [piano]
3. Identify and write melodic & harmonic intervals
4. Identify, write and play triads and seventh chords in root position and inversion [piano]
5. Identify and write rhythmic duration symbols
6. Identify, write and play music in simple & compound time signatures [piano]
7. Identify, write and play simple examples of voice leading and harmonization [piano]
8. Identify and write simple four-part choral examples with harmonic progressions that do not modulate to other keys
9. Transpose simple melodies at the piano
10. Perform a piano realization of simple f~gured bass
11. Perform a simple piano harmonization to an existing melody

General Education Outcomes
A student who completes Theory I will be able to
1. Identify, notate and perform:
· Pitches in the four standard clefs
· Major and minor scales
· Melodic and harmonic intervals
· All triads and seventh chords in root position and inversion
· Rhythmic duration symbols
· Music in simple and compound time signatures
· Simple examples of harmonic progression
· Simple four-part choral examples
2. Analyze:
· Item examples of melodic and harmonic intervals
· Item examples of triads and seventh chords in root position and inversion
· Diatonic chord usage and progression
· Simple choral examples
3. Recognize, identify and correct errors in item examples of all theory content areas.

Course Content
1. Elements of Pitch [Notation, register, scales, key signatures, scale degree names, and intervals]
2. Elements of Rhythm [Duration symbols, meter, beat & tempo, simple & compound time signatures]
3. Introduction to Triads and Seventh Chords
4. Diatonic Chords in Major and minor keys
5. Principles of Voice Leading/Harmonic Progression
6. Figured Bass
7. Cadences
8. Historical development of keyboard instruments
9. Simple Harmonizations and Transpositions [Keyboard]

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
· Quizzes
· Completion of written assignments
· Completion of projects
· Completion of CAI components
· Final Exam
Successful performance in the next course of the four semester sequence is reflected in the skill attained in MUSC 161 1 In the last course of the four semester sequence a "Junior Entrance Level" theory test is given to assess overall knowledge and understanding attained from the Music Theory sequence.
Evaluation of test results:
Reveals content areas that need revision, addition to, or deletion from the four semester sequence
Identifies content areas that are problematic in regard to student comprehension and retention Encourages communication with senior institutions regarding content areas and levels of difficulty expected for admission

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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