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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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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.

551-10100 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)

551-12100 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)

551-12200 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: 551-10100 or successful results from the placement exam. 2 credits. (F-S)

551-12201 Music Theory I -- Honors   FA LA

     A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-12200. Prerequisites: Placement testing. 2 credits. (S)

551-13300 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)

551-13301 Sight-Singing I -- Honors   FA LA

     A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-13300. Registration is based on placement testing. 1.5 credits. (F)

551-13400 Sight-Singing II   FA LA

    Skills learned in 551-13300 are developed further. Minor mode and tenor clef are introduced. Syncopation, anacrusic phrasing, second division of the beat, and changing meter are presented. Prerequisites: 551-13300. 1.5 credits. (F-S)

551-13401 Sight-Singing II -- Honors   FA LA

    A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-13400. Registration is based on excellent achievement in 551-13300. 1.5 credits. (S)

551-22100 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: 555-12200 or 551-12201. 2 credits. (F-S)

551-22101 Music Theory II -- Honors   LA

    A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-22100. Registration is based on excellent achievement in 551-12200 or 551-12201. 2 credits. (F)

551-22200 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: 551-22100 or 551-22101; 551-12100. 2 credits. (F-S)

551-22201 Music Theory III -- Honors   LA

    A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-22200. Prerequisites: 551-12100; excellent achievement in 551-22100 or 551-22101. 2 credits. (S)

551-23300 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: 551-13400. 1 credit. (F-S)

551-23301 Advanced Sight-Singing III -- Honors   LA

    A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-23300. Registration is based on excellent achievement in 551-13400 or 551-13800. 1 credit. (F)

551-23400 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: 551-23300. 1 credit. (F-S)

551-23401 Advanced Sight-Singing IV -- Honors   LA

    A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-23400. Registration is based on excellent achievement in 551-23300 or 551-23700. 1 credit. (S)

551-32100 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: 551-22200 or 551-22201. 2 credits. (F)

551-32101 Form and Analysis -- Honors   LA

    A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-32100. Registration is based on excellent achievement in 551-22200 or 551-22201. 2 credits. (F)

551-32200 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: 551-22200 or 551-22201. 2 credits. (S)

551-32201 Analysis of Music since 1900 -- Honors   LA

    A more in-depth study of the material covered in 551-32200. Registration is based on excellent achievement in 551-22200 or 551-22201. 2 credits. (S)

551-34300 Advanced Aural Skills   LA

    Advanced course in dictation and aural analysis with an emphasis placed on 20th-century music. Prerequisites: 551-23400 or 551-23800. 1 credit. (S-B,E)

551-36000 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: 551-22200 or 551-22201. 1 credit. (S,E)

551-42100 Topics in Music Theory and Analysis   LA

    Changing topics in music theory and analysis. Prerequisites: 551-32200. 2 credits. (IRR)

551-43100 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: 551-32100 or 551-32101 credits. (F-B,O)

551-43200 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: 551-22200 or 551-22201; 551-25500; and 551-23300 or 511-23301. 2 credits. (S,E)

551-43500 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: 551-22200 or 551-22201. 2 credits. (F-S)

551-43700 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 when-ever possible. Prerequisites: 551-32200 or 551-32201. 2 credits. (F-S)

551-14100-551-14200 through 551-44100-551-44200 Composition   NLA

    Practical study of the techniques necessary for coherent expression in creative work. Students are assigned original compositions and are asked to solve various formal and stylistic problems, based on previous written work and the permission of the instructor. Private tutorial instruction and one class meeting per week. 3 credits. (F-S)

551-44300 Pedagogy of Music Theory   NLA

    A survey of the pedagogical aspects of teaching music theory and solfeggio on the high school and college level. Focus on current techniques of approach, presentation, and implementation of suitable materials, including programmed courses of study for theory, harmony, and aural perception. Prerequisites: 551-32100 or 551-32101. 3 credits. (S, O)

551-46400 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)

551-49800 Composition Recital   NLA

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

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