School of Music

Composition, History, Literature, Sight-Singing, and Theory Courses

MUTH 10100 - Fundamentals of Music Theory FA LA
MUTH 10101 - Fundamentals of Music Theory FA

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

MUTH 10200 - Freshman Music Theory Seminar LA

Changing topics in introductory music theory and analysis. 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, 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. Prerequisite: MUTH
13301 or excellent achievement in MUTH 13300 and departmental approval. 1.5 credits. (S)

MUTH 14100 - First-Year Composition NLA

Practical study of the techniques necessary for coherent expression in a creative work. Students examine established works and are assigned original musical excerpts and original compositions, exploring aspects of formal structure and style. Three class meetings per week. Open to first-year composition majors or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits. (F)

MUTH 14200 - First-Year Composition NLA

A continuation of MUTH 14100. Open to first-year composition majors or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits. (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. Prerequisite: MUTH
12201 or excellent achievement in MUTH 12200 and departmental approval. 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. Prerequisite: MUTH
22101 or excellent achievement in MUTH 22100 and departmental approval. 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. Prerequisite: MUTH
13401 or excellent achievement in MUTH 13400 and departmental approval. 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. Prerequisite: MUTH
23301 or excellent achievement in MUTH 23300 and departmental approval. 1 credit. (S)

MUTH 24100 - Composition NLA
MUTH 24200 - 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 25500 - History and Literature of Music I 3B G H HU LA

Survey of music from the early Christian era to the mid-18th century, focusing on origins and evolution of musical styles, forms, and genres. Social and cultural contexts are examined in relation to musical materials and their application within specific repertoires. Prerequisites: Any MUTH course. 3 credits. (S)

MUTH 25600 - History and Literature of Music II 3B G H HU LA

Survey of music from the mid-18th century to the late 19th century, focusing on distinctive features of musical styles, forms, and genres. Social and cultural contexts are examined in relation to musical materials and their application within specific repertoires. Prerequisites: MUTH 25500. 3 credits. (F)

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. Prerequisite: MUTH
22201 or excellent achievement in MUTH 22200 and departmental approval. 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. Prerequisite: MUTH
22201 or excellent achievement in MUTH 22200 and departmental approval. 2 credits. (S)

MUTH 34100 - Composition NLA
MUTH 34200 - 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 35500 - History and Literature of Music III 3B G H HU LA

Survey of music from about 1900 to the present, focusing on transformations of traditional musical idioms as well as newly developed styles. Social and cultural contexts, including politics, censorship, and economic factors, are examined in relation to musical materials and their application within specific repertoires. Prerequisites: MUTH 25600. 3 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 35500; and prior or concurrent registration in MUTH 32200 or MUTH 32201. 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; MUTH23300 or MUTH23301. 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 44100 - Composition NLA
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 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 levels. 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 45100 - Instrumental Chamber Music Literature LA

A historical survey of instrumental chamber music from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisites: MUTH 35500. 3 credits. (S)

MUTH 45200 - The History and Literature of the Art Song LA

A broad historical survey of the secular art song from the Middle Ages to the present, with greatest emphasis placed on the German, French, Italian, and English song repertory of the 18th and 19th centuries. Prerequisites: MUTH 35500. 3 credits. (IRR)

MUTH 45700 - History and Literature of Opera FA LA

Traces the history, development, and repertory of opera from the beginning of the Baroque period to the present. The primary focus of the course, however, is on the standard performing repertory from Handel through Britten. Live performance in class and video excerpts of great performances provide stimuli for class discussion. Prerequisites: MUTH 35500. 3 credits. (F, B)

MUTH 45800 - The Symphony LA

The study of orchestral music, tracing its development from the baroque era to the present. Representative examples of the concerto and symphonic poem are included. Prerequisites: MUTH 35500. 3 credits. (F)

MUTH 46400 - Introduction to Composition LA

The study and practice of compositional procedures used in traditional and contemporary concert music, leading to composing brief works for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles. Prerequisites: MUTH 22200 or MUTH 22201; MUTH 23400 or MUTH 23401; MUTH 35500. 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)