Theory and Analysis|
This course focuses primarily on two aspects of Western tonal music: harmony and form. Harmony is the study of chords: their individual qualities and configurations, their relative importance and function within a given musical context, and ways of moving between them. We will review the treatment of diatonic harmonies and then expand our palettes through sonorities that borrow from or lead to new key areas. Forms, treated in the latter part of the course, are common patterns of repetition and contrast used to structure diverse musical works from pop tunes to symphonies. Working from detail to whole, we will learn how composers and songwriters construct motives, melodies, songs, and large-scale pieces. In addition to these topics on pitch relations and structure, this course contains a short unit on rhythm and meter. While we'll focus predominantly on European art music repertoire, we will also examine how harmony, rhythm, and form function in other musical traditions. Assignments and activities will include reading texts by composers and scholars, analyzing scores and recordings, composing, listening, singing, and keyboard playing.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Stefan Kostka, Dorothy Payne, and Byron Almén, TONAL HARMONY, 7th ed revised, New York: McGraw Hill, 2012 Textbook and workbook
Carol Krueger, PROGRESSIVE SIGHT-SINGING, 2nd edition.New York: Oxford University Press, 2011;
|Examination and Assignments: |
Graded work will include weekly assignments, a midterm examination, paper, and a final examination. Students will prepare vocal and keyboard exercises for each skill section meeting.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 in music theory should consult with the instructor regarding placement in MUSC 201 or 202.
|Instructor(s): Grant,Roger Mathew Times: ..T.R.. 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: MST301; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 1||SO: 4||FR: 2|
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