Ithaca College

School of Music

Music Theory, Sight-Singing, and Composition Courses

Any entering student may be granted exemption from any semester's work upon the successful completion of a departmental theory examination covering the material in that semester. Exempted credit is normally made up by taking additional music electives.

MUTH-10100 Fundamentals of Music Theory FA LA

Study of rhythm and meter, pitch, intervals, tonality, scales, key signatures and relationships, triads, notation, and terms and symbols. 1 credit. (F-B)

MUTH-12100 Introduction to Musical Styles FA LA

Students will develop the ability to understand music in many historical and cultural contexts, and will develop and advance their basic music literacy, including most especially a working knowledge of the elements of musical design. In addition, students will develop critical listening skills and an awareness of chronology and will learn a variety of music literature. 2 credits. (F)

MUTH-12200 Music Theory I FA LA

Study of two-voice contrapuntal frameworks, triads and seventh chords and their inversions, nonchord tones, and tonal structure involving diatonic harmony. Written application of all subject material, demonstrating the principles of good voice leading. Keyboard and vocal demonstration of harmonic concepts. Harmonic and structural analysis of selected works. Aural recognition of chord sonority types, harmonic progressions, cadences, and textures. Prerequisites: MUTH-10100 or successful results from the placement exam. 2 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-12201 Music Theory I - Honors FA LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-12200. Prerequisites: Placement testing. 2 credits. (S)

MUTH-13300 Sight-Singing I FA LA

Basic musical skills are developed through singing prepared and unprepared material, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and vocal/keyboard exercises. Sight-singing is based on moveable "do" solfeggio syllables using exercises in the major mode only, in the treble, alto, and bass clefs. Rhythmic material is comprised of simple, compound, and changing meters, including first division of the beat, fundamental rhythm patterns, and complementary rhythm. 1.5 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-13301 Sight-Singing I - Honors FA LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-13300. Registration is based on placement testing. 1.5 credits. (F)

MUTH-13400 Sight-Singing II FA LA

Skills learned in MUTH-13300 or MUTH-13301 are developed further. Minor mode and tenor clef are introduced. Syncopation, anacrusic phrasing, second division of the beat, and changing meter are presented. Prerequisites: MUTH-13300 or MUTH-13301. 1.5 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-13401 Sight-Singing II - Honors FA LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-13400. Registration is based on excellent achievement in MUTH-13300 or MUTH-13301. 1.5 credits. (S)

MUTH-14100-MUTH-14200 through MUTH-44100-MUTH-44200
Composition NLA

Study and application of the techniques necessary for coherent expression in creative musical work. Students are assigned original compositions to explore motivic, harmonic, and formal design, as well as style, idiom, and orchestration, in order to create effective and meaningful works. Registration is based on previous written work and the permission of the instructor. Private tutorial instruction and one class meeting per week. 3 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-22100 Music Theory II LA

Continued study of diatonic harmony. Study of period design and other small musical formal structures, harmonic sequences, applied chords, and tonicization and modulation. Written application of all subject material, demonstrating the principles of good voice leading. Keyboard and vocal demonstration of harmonic concepts. Harmonic and structural analysis of selected works. Aural recognition of sonority types, harmonic progressions, textures, and form. Prerequisites: MUTH-12200 or MUTH-12201. 2 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-22101 Music Theory II - Honors LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-22100. Registration is based on excellent achievement in MUTH-12200 or MUTH-12201. 2 credits. (F)

MUTH-22200 Music Theory III LA

Study of the mode mixture, chromatic tonicization and modulation, the Neapolitan sixth chord, augmented sixth chords, extended tertian chords, and more advanced harmonic topics. Written application of all subject material, demonstrating the principles of good voice leading. Keyboard and vocal demonstration of harmonic concepts. Harmonic structural, and aural analysis of selected works in binary and ternary form. Aural recognition of sonority types, harmonic progressions, textures, and form. Prerequisites: MUTH-22100 or MUTH-22101; MUTH-12100. 2 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-22201 Music Theory III - Honors LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-22200. Prerequisites: MUTH-12100; excellent achievement in MUTH-22100 or MUTH-22101. 2 credits. (S)

MUTH-23300 Advanced Sight-Singing III LA

Advanced musical skills are developed through singing prepared and unprepared material and one- and two-part dictation. Vocal/keyboard exercises leading to the skill level necessary to perform a simple art song are assigned. Introduction of chromaticism through nonchord tones, secondary dominant chords, and modulation to near-related keys. Rhythmic materials include irregular division of the beat, advanced syncopation, and asymmetrical and changing meters. Prerequisites: MUTH-13400 or MUTH-13401. 1 credit. (F-S)

MUTH-23301 Advanced Sight-Singing III - Honors LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-23300. Registration is based on excellent achievement in MUTH-13400 or MUTH-13401. 1 credit. (F)

MUTH-23400 Advanced Sight-Singing IV LA

Advanced musical skills are developed further through the study of modulations to distant-related keys, transient modulations, and modal melodies. Introduction to 20th-century music through Impressionist, post-tonal and atonal melodies, trichord patterns, and complex rhythmic and metric combinations. Prerequisites: MUTH-23300 or MUTH-23301. 1 credit. (F-S)

MUTH-23401 Advanced Sight-Singing IV - Honors LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-23400. Registration is based on excellent achievement in MUTH-23300 or MUTH-23301. 1 credit. (S)

MUTH-32100 Form and Analysis LA

Examination of the traditional techniques of musical form and structure and their application to compositions primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries. Prerequisites: MUTH-22200 or MUTH-22201. 2 credits. (F)

MUTH-32101 Form and Analysis - Honors LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-32100. Registration is based on excellent achievement in MUTH-22200 or MUTH-22201. 2 credits. (F)

MUTH-32200 Analysis of Music since 1900 LA

Study of harmonic, rhythmic, melodic, and formal techniques from about 1900 to the present. Introduction of various analytical systems. Prerequisites: MUTH-22200 or MUTH-22201. 2 credits. (S)

MUTH-32201 Analysis of Music since 1900 - Honors LA

A more in-depth study of the material covered in MUTH-32200. Registration is based on excellent achievement in MUTH-22200 or MUTH-22201. 2 credits. (S)

MUTH-36000 Figured Bass and Score Reading LA

A practical course in the realization of figured bass and Roman numeral progressions at the keyboard. Open score reading of string quartet and other instrumental and vocal literature. Prerequisites: MUTH-22200 or MUTH-22201. 1 credit. (S,E)

MUTH-42100 Topics in Music Theory and Analysis LA

Changing topics in music theory and analysis. Prerequisites: MUTH-32200 or MUTH-32201. 2 credits. (Y)

MUTH-42900 Advanced Aural Skills LA

Extends aural skills developed in lower-level courses in the sight-singing, music theory, and music history core, including emphases on formal analysis and music since 1900. Prerequisites: MUTH-23400 or MUTH-23401; MUTH-32100 or MUTH-32101; MUTH-32200 or MUTH-32201 (may be taken concurrently; MUTH-35500. 1 credit. (S-B,E)

MUTH-43100 Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint LA

Study of polyphonic techniques based on the stylistic principles of the 16th-century sacred literature. Composition of canons, motets, and movements from the mass. Prerequisites: MUTH-25500; and MUTH-23300 or MUTH-23301; corequisites: MUTH-32100 or MUTH-32101. 2 credits. (F-B,O)

MUTH-43200 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint LA

Study of polyphonic techniques based on the stylistic principles of the 18th-century keyboard literature. Invention (two- and three-voice), chorale prelude, canon, and fugue are studied. Analysis and written projects. Prerequisites: MUTH-32100 or MUTH-32101. 2 credits. (S,E)

MUTH-43500 Choral Arranging LA

Arranging for elementary through high school choruses and special choirs. Analysis and study of choral part-writing, encompassing unison, simple two-, three-, and four-part, and multi-voice units. Prerequisites: MUTH-22200 or MUTH-22201. 2 credits. (Y)

MUTH-43700 Orchestration LA

Study of orchestral and band instruments in terms of range, transposition, and individual characteristics. Scoring of works for both standardized and less common ensembles of various sizes. Performance of works in class whenever possible. Prerequisites: MUTH-32200 or MUTH-32201. 2 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-44300 Pedagogy of Music Theory NLA

A survey of the pedagogical aspects of teaching music theory and aural skills on the high school and college level. Focus on current approaches, presentation, and implementation of materials suitable for the study of theory, harmony, and aural skills. Prerequisites: MUTH-32100 or MUTH-32101. 3 credits. (S,O)

MUTH-46400 Introduction to Composition LA

Development of techniques of monodic writing with emphasis placed on styles from the 16th through 20th centuries. Detailed study of pitch and rhythmic procedures. Continuation with two-part writing, culminating in pieces in small forms. Prerequisites: A working knowledge of music notation and performance ability in some vocal or instrumental area and permission of the instructor.
2 credits. (F)

MUTH-49800 Composition Recital NLA

Performance of representative compositions. The program should include approximately 45 minutes of music. 2 credits. (F-S)