Music Theory

Course Descriptions

EASTMAN THEORY DEPARTMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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TH 101

MODEL COMPOSITION AND TONAL ANALYSIS I

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 101 (I-2) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis I. This course introduces students to the inner workings of European art music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After a month-long review of fundamentals (chords, intervals, scales, etc.), the course investigates the classical style from three perspectives: those of harmonic syntax (the basic rules governing chord succession), counterpoint (the combination of melodic lines to form more complex structures), and small forms (the organization of musical phrases through common repetition/punctuation schemes). In addition to traditional analysis and composition exercises, students will work extensively at the keyboard to provide aural/kinesthetic reinforcement for their learning.

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TH 101H

MODEL COMP/TONAL ANA I: HON

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 101H (I-2) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis I HON. This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum, enriching theory study with additional projects in composition, keyboard study, and analytical topics.

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TH 101I

MODEL COMP/TONAL ANA I:INTEN

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 101I (I-2) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis I INTEN. This course is designed for students identified through placement examinations as needing additional work on theory basics. The class begins with a thorough review of fundamental topics (chords, intervals, scales, etc.), then progresses through content identical to TH 101. 

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TH 102

MODEL COMPOSITION AND TONAL ANALYSIS II

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 102 (II-2.5) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis II:  In this course–the second semester of the undergraduate theory sequence–students continue the study of tonal harmony and voice leading, both through written work and analysis. We focus primarily on diatonic harmony (chords available within the prevailing key); however, we will also explore techniques of tonicization and modulation (moves to different keys). Students will engage with additional musical forms:  binary, ternary, and both sectional and continuous variation forms.  As a final composition project, every student will write a minuet for string quartet in Classical style, which will be performed by students in the class. 

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TH 102H

MODEL COMP/TONAL ANAL II:HON

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 102H (II-2) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis II HON.  This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum, enriching theory study with additional projects in composition, keyboard study, and analytical topics. The class is a continuation of TH 101H.

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TH 102I

MODEL COMP/TONAL ANAL II:INT

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 102I (II-2) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis II INTEN.  This course is designed for students identified through placement examinations as needing additional work on theory basics. The class is a continuation of TH 101I.

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TH 117

THEORY, ANALYSIS, MUSICIANSHIP REVIEW

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 117 (I -1.5) Theory, Analysis, Musicianship Review:  The first semester of an accelerated review course designed for graduate students who are found to be deficient on the entrance theory placement examination. With a focus on eighteenth-century diatonic procedures, the course integrates conceptual and aural components of music theory, including writing, analysis, listening, singing, keyboard, and model improvisation.

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TH 118

THEORY, ANALYSIS, MUSICIANSHIP REVIEW

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 118 (II – 1.5) Theory, Analysis, Musicianship Review:  The second semester of an accelerated course designed for graduate students who are found to be deficient on the entrance theory placement examination. With a focus on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century chromatic procedures, the course integrates conceptual and aural components of music theory, including writing, analysis, listening, singing, keyboard, and model improvisation. Students must pass TH 118 before they will be allowed to register for a 400- or 500-level theory course.

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TH 161

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP I

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 161  (I-2) Aural Musicianship I:  The primary goal of aural musicianship study at the Eastman School of Music is to know musical space as comfortably and intuitively as one knows the shapes and contours of a familiar room. Musicianship training enables musicians to map sound to symbol, symbol to sound, to process what they are hearing in real time, and to remain oriented in musical space.  The first course in the sequence will emphasize strategies for accurate and expressive reading, improvisation, singing, and dictation using elementary rhythms and diatonic pitch materials in treble and bass clefs.

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TH 161H

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP I:HONORS

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 161H  (I-2) Aural Musicianship I HON: This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum and includes additional enrichment activities. 

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TH 161I

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP I:INTEN

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 161 I (I-2) Aural Musicianship I INTENS: This course is designed for students identified through placement examinations as needing additional work on basic musicianship. This class remediates areas of deficiency, while training musicians to map sound to symbol, symbol to sound, to process what they are hearing in real time, and to remain oriented in musical space.  The first course in the sequence will emphasize strategies for accurate and expressive reading, improvisation, singing, and dictation using elementary rhythms and diatonic pitch materials in treble and bass clefs.

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TH 162

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP II

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 162 (II-1.5) Aural Musicianship II:  In this second course in the aural musicianship sequence, students will complete an aural understanding of diatonic harmony, expand improvisatory capabilities, learn to apprehend local chromaticism and simple modulations, and master most of the rhythmic gestures necessary for performance of Renaissance and common-practice European art music.  Alto clef will be introduced with emphasis on rapid and accurate reading and associated transpositions.  All harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal procedures build on concepts and methods established in TH161.

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TH 162H

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP II: HONORS

Spring

Spring 2017

 

Th 162H  (II-1.5) Aural Musicianship II HON: This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum and includes additional enrichment activities. 

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TH 162I

MUSICIANSHIP II: INTENSIVE

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 162 II (II-1.5) Aural Musicianship I INTENS: This course is designed for students identified through placement examinations as needing additional work on basic musicianship. Students will complete an aural understanding of diatonic harmony, expand improvisatory capabilities, learn to apprehend local chromaticism and simple modulations, and master most of the rhythmic gestures necessary for performance of Renaissance and common-practice European art music.  Alto clef will be introduced with emphasis on rapid and accurate reading and associated transpositions.  All harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal procedures build on concepts and methods established in TH161I.

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TH 201

MODEL COMP/TONAL ANALYS III

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 201 II (II-2.5) This course in harmony, analysis and composition completes our study of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century tonal procedures. Students will explore the meaning of chromaticism in tonal music through examination of tonicization and modal mixture, emphasizing composers’ use of these chromatic techniques within large-scale movement organization. Intertwined with a review of the contrapuntal, harmonic, and formal procedures and concepts that were presented in TH 101-102 will be the introduction of two topics: graphic analysis, and its role in representing students’ deeper level understanding of linear and harmonic motions and how this understanding impacts performance decisions, and writing two-voice non-imitative and imitative counterpoint. Three large topics will follow: new chromatic techniques in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century music, large forms and genres, and motivic processes that create narratives through a piece and inform performance. The first of two compositional projects will be crafted in the common-practice style and involve imitative counterpoint. The second project, an accompanied song, will be crafted in an early nineteenth-century chromatic style.

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TH 201H

MODEL COMP/TONAL ANA III: HON

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 201H (I-3) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis III HON. This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum, enriching theory study with additional projects in composition, keyboard study, and analytical topics.

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TH 202

MODEL COMPOSITION AND TONAL ANALYSIS IV

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 202 (II-2.5) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis IV:  Semester IV of the Eastman core curriculum is a course in harmony and analysis that moves from early nineteenth-century tonal practice to the extended tonality and post-tonal experiments of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The course will cover a series of topics. These will include: the Lied; chromatic harmony; large-scale form; and rhythm and meter. You will develop your analytical technique including graphic representation of linear and harmonic motions, and study the relationship between performance and analysis in transitional repertory. In addition to weekly consolidation assignments, students will complete an initial composition project and towards the end of the course a more extensive music-analytical project.

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

1. Compose a Romantic song and fragments of advanced tonicization, and understand the relationship between creativity and critique in assimilating aspects of musical construction.

2. Show an understanding of the voice-leading structure and ‘inner’ form of complex pre-modern compositions, and be able to relate musical comprehension to the needs of practical music-making.

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TH 202H

MODEL COMP/TONAL ANAL IV:HON

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 202H (II-3) Model Composition and Tonal Analysis IV HON. This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum, enriching theory study with additional projects in composition, keyboard study, and analytical topics.

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TH 202J

HISTORY, ANALYSIS, AND THEORY OF EARLY JAZZ

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 202J (II-2.5) History, Analysis, and Theory of Early Jazz (1900-1940):  A comprehensive study of early jazz styles (Ragtime, New Orleans, Swing), their most significant representatives (Armstrong, Morton, Ellington, among others) and their various contributions to the development of modern jazz.  Major emphases will include examination of formal design, tonal syntax, improvisation techniques, and harmonic vocabulary using several analytical and contextual perspectives.  TH 202J is required for undergraduate JCM majors in place of TH 202. Non-jazz majors may NOT use this course to fulfill their TH 202 requirement. However, they may take it as an elective with the instructor’s permission.

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TH 205

MODEL COMPOSITION AND NON-TONAL ANALYSIS

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 205 (I-4) Model Composition and Non-Tonal Analysis:  This course combines a survey of non-tonal compositional styles with advanced musicianship exercises focusing on the relevant repertoire. Analysis and model composition assignments will address aspects of pitch-class set and serial theory, as well as other techniques developed by composers from about 1880 to the present day.  Pre-requisite: TH 202 and 262 or placement by examination.

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TH 205J

ANALYSIS AND THEORY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND JAZZ

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 205J (I-4) Analysis and Theory of Contemporary Music & Jazz:  This course offers a comprehensive study of contemporary music and jazz with an in-depth examination of compositional styles, analytical methods, improvisation techniques, and advanced harmony. This course is required for undergraduate Jazz and Contemporary Media (JCM) majors only, to be taken during junior or senior year. Recommended for undergraduate theory majors. Others may take the course with permission of the instructor.

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TH 251

COUNTERPOINT I (MODAL)

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 251 (I-3) Counterpoint I:  A course in modal counterpoint, focusing on the study of two-, three- and four-part compositional techniques. Writing is primarily in the sacred styles, but some work in secular styles may be undertaken. Analysis of masterpieces of the sixteenth-century repertory provides context for compositional study. 

 

Prerequisite: TH 202.

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TH 252

COUNTERPOINT II (TONAL)

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 252 (II-3) Counterpoint II:  A course in tonal counterpoint, focusing primarily on the Baroque style, but with work in later eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century styles as well. Review of chorale setting, writing of chorale preludes and variations, inventions and suite movements, introduction to fugue. Relevant analysis provides context for compositional study. 

 

Prerequisite: TH 202.

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TH 260

MUSIC & THE MIND

Spring

Fall 2016

 

6TH 260 (II-3) Music and the Mind:  An introduction to the discipline of music cognition. Topics surveyed include empirical methods, psycho-acoustic principles, influence of Gestalt psychology, music and language, metric and tonal hierarchies, music and the brain, aspects of musical development, and research on musical memory, expectation, and emotion. Lecture and discussion format, with exams and final literature-review research paper.  Cross-listed as TH 460.

 

Pre-requisite: TH 101 or MUR 110 or 111.

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TH 261

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP III

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 261 (I-1.5) Aural Musicianship III:  In this, the third course in the aural musicianship curriculum, students will continue to build on skills acquired in the earlier courses.  New material in this course emphasizes tenor clef and its associated transpositions, a systematic introduction to chromatic processes in tonal music, various problems associated with changing meter signatures and polyrhythms, and perception of tonal processes in complete movements composed in larger forms.  

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TH 261H

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP III:HON

Fall

Fall 2016

 

Th 261H  (I-1.5) Aural Musicianship III HON: This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum and includes additional enrichment activities.

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TH 262

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP IV

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 262 (II-1.5) Aural Musicianship IV:  In this, the fourth course in the aural musicianship curriculum, students will complete their formal studies of common-practice tonal relationships and begin exploration of post-tonal idioms. In addition, students will learn audiation strategies for tonal vernacular music from post-1900. Facility in five clefs and score reading techniques will be stressed, along with an examination of multiple strategies for successfully learning and notating highly chromatic music. Students will also learn to read and perform music in asymmetrical meters, and music that changes meter asymmetrically.

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TH 262H

MUSICIANSHIP IV: HONORS

Spring

Spring 2017

 

Th 262H  (II-1.5) Aural Musicianship IV HON: This honors course for advanced students progresses more rapidly through topics of the undergraduate core curriculum and includes additional enrichment activities.

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TH 262J

JAZZ AURAL MUSICIANSHIP IV

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 262J (II-1.5) Jazz Aural Musicianship IV:  TH 262J is required for undergraduate JCM majors in place of TH 262. Non-jazz majors may NOT use this course to fulfill their TH 262 requirement. However, they may take it as an elective with the instructor’s permission.

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TH 281

SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 281 (I-3) Special Topics in Music Theory:  Theory topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit.

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TH 282

SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 282 (II-3) Special Topics in Music Theory:  Theory topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit.

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TH 285

COMPREHENSION AND ANALYSIS

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 285 (II-3) Comprehension and Analysis:  An analysis seminar required for undergraduate theory majors, and open to all undergraduates. (If taken by a non-theory major, this course satisfies the requirement for an upper-division music academic elective course.) The course incorporates readings and analytical procedures from wide-ranging sources. The focus of the course is on the analysis of large tonal and post-tonal works. The coursework culminates in a large-scale analytical project. 

 

Prerequisite: TH 205 (fifth semester of the theory core)

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TH 290

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

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TH 295

SENIOR THESIS

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 295 (I,II-3) Senior Thesis:  This two-semester course is designed as preparation for graduate school in music theory. To accomplish this, the first semester will focus on bibliographic and research skills, with the goal that students will develop a topic, thesis, and proposal for their senior thesis project. In the second semester, students will complete work on their undergraduate thesis. Students will present and discuss their work in class. Various members of the department serve as the primary advisors for the thesis projects; the instructor of the thesis course will serve as the second reader. 

 

Prerequisite: TH 285 Comprehension and Analysis.

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TH 400

SURVEY OF ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 400 (I, II-3) Analytical Techniques:  An introduction to the basic techniques of both tonal and non-tonal repertories designed with the particular needs of the performance major in mind. The course introduces students to a broad range of techniques of analysis and insofar as possible, their implications for performance. Short assignments and papers explore the basic analytical literature and evaluate the results of various analytical techniques.

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TH 401

TOPICS IN TONAL LITERATURE AND ANALYSIS

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 401 (I, II-3) Topics in Tonal Literature and Analysis:  This course introduces and explores analytical techniques and issues relevant to the traditional tonal musical literature, addressing as well the performance implications of analytical decisions insofar as possible. The course deals with the analysis of various musical dimensions in a core repertoire that will vary from semester to semester. Topics include meter/ rhythm, harmonic syntax, motivic structure, deeper-level linear structure, formal processes, and text/music relationships.

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TH 402

TOPICS IN NON-TONAL MUSIC LITERATURE AND ANALYSIS

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 402 (I, II-3) Topics in Non-Tonal Music Literature and Analysis:  This course introduces and explores a broad range of analytical techniques and issues relevant to non-tonal music. The course deals with the analysis of various musical dimensions in a core repertoire that will vary from semester to semester. Topics include meter/ rhythm, harmonic syntax, motivic structure, deeper-level linear structure, formal processes, and text/music relationships.

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TH 402A

THEORY & ANALY CONTEMP MUSIC

Summmer

Summer 2016

 

TH 402A (S-3)  Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music: Study Abroad Course in Paris:  This summer study-abroad program is a three-credit, graduate-level course offered in Paris, France, and is open to performers, composers, theorists, and other devotees of new music. In parallel with ManiFeste, a month-long festival of contemporary music produced by IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique), the course will explore musical innovations of the last 25 years with special emphasis on the composers featured in the festival. This year’s featured composers include Philippe Leroux, Beat Furrer, and Rebecca Saunders. Students will attend course meetings every weekday for the first two weeks, then participate as auditors in the IRCAM Academy for the final two weeks. Academy events include public lectures, masterclasses for composers and interpreters, open rehearsals, and films.

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TH 404

18C KEYBOARD IMPROVISATON

Summmer

Summer 2016

   

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TH 411

THEORY & ANALYSIS OF TONAL MUSIC

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 411 (I-3) Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music:  Introduction to the theories of Heinrich Schenker and their application to the analysis of tonal music. Intensive analytical work and selected readings.    

 

Prerequisite: at least one upper-level undergraduate form and analysis course.  Open to DMA, MM, MA, and qualified undergraduates by permission.

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TH 421

PEDAGOGY OF THEORY I

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 421 (I, II-3) Pedagogy of Theory I:  A course in the materials, organization, techniques, and problems of the first two years of theory teaching, designed for MA Theory Pedagogy (fall) and DMA students (spring). Bibliographical survey of texts and sample teaching. Observation and teaching of freshman and sophomore classes.

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TH 422

PEDAGOGY OF THEORY II

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 422 (II-3, alternate years) Pedagogy of Theory II:  This course takes up a host of pedagogical topics designed to complement the skills developed in TH421. Some are more practical in nature (e.g., the pedagogy of musical form, or various uses of technology), while others are more abstract/philosophical (e.g., curriculum design and repertoire selection). Still others are aimed at professional development, like writing a statement of teaching philosophy or preparing for successful job interviews.  TH 421 is not a prerequisite. Open to theory majors; others only by permission of instructor.

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TH 431

SEMINAR IN ANALYSIS & PERFORMANCE

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 431 (I, II-3) Seminar in Analysis and Performance:  This course deals primarily with the relationship between analysis and performance decisions. It also draws upon the history of performance practice, contemporaneous sources on the subject, and comparative evaluation of recorded performances. Specific works studied are determined by the instructor in consultation with the students. A major analysis of an approved work is required. 

 

Prerequisite: TH 400 or the equivalent.

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TH 451

MODAL COUNTERPOINT

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 451 (I-3) Modal Counterpoint:  Study of the practice of sixteenth-century modal counterpoint. Includes development of written skills through species counterpoint, and study of stylistic counterpoint as found in the sacred vocal polyphony of such masters of the period as Palestrina, Victoria, and Lasso. Composition of two-, three-, and four-voice pieces in counter-Reformation style.

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TH 452

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY COUNTERPOINT

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 452 (II-3) Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint:  Study of contrapuntal practice of the mature and late Baroque periods, with emphasis on the style of J.S. Bach. Composition of two-, three-, and four-voice chorale preludes, binary dances, inventions, and fugues.

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TH 460

MUSIC & THE MIND

Spring

Fall 2016

 

6TH 460 (II-3) Music and the Mind:  An introduction to the discipline of music cognition. Topics surveyed include empirical methods, psycho-acoustic principles, influence of Gestalt psychology, music and language, metric and tonal hierarchies, music and the brain, aspects of musical development, and research on musical memory, expectation, and emotion. Lecture and discussion format, with exams and final literature-review research paper.  Cross-listed as TH 260.

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TH 461

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP FOR CONDUCTORS

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 461 (I-1, alternate years)  MM and DMA conducting students pursue an advanced level of skills both for hearing the building blocks of tonal and post-tonal music, and for practical tasks related to their craft.  Particular attention is given to sight singing, transposition, multiple clefts, error detection, and dictation/musical memory.

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TH 462

AURAL MUSCIANSHIP FOR CONDUCTORS

Spring

Spring 2015

 

6TH 462 (II-1, alternate years)  MM and DMA conducting students pursue an advanced level of skills both for hearing the building blocks of tonal and post-tonal music, and for practical tasks related to their craft.  Particular attention is given to sight singing, transposition, multiple clefts, error detection, and dictation/musical memory.

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TH 471

APPRENTICESHIP IN PEDAGOGY I

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 471 (I-1)  Apprenticeship in Pedagogy I: A two-semester student-mentor relationship in which the student will learn first-hand about the workings of the undergraduate curriculum and then design a project. In the first semester, the student will observe each of the undergraduate core courses and keep a journal which reflects self-awareness of pedagogical technique and materials. The student will submit a written summary of each of the c. 25 observations at the end of the semester. Open only to M.A. in Theory Pedagogy majors.

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TH 472

APPRENTICESHIP IN PEDAGOGY II

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH TH 472 (II-2) Apprenticeship in Pedagogy: A two-semester student-mentor relationship in which the student will learn first-hand about the workings of the undergraduate curriculum and then design a project. In the second semester, the student will create, design, and craft an original project that focuses on some pedagogical aspect of the written or aural curricula.

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TH 475

INTERMEDIATE KEYBOARD SKILLS

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 475 (I-3) Intermediate Keyboard Skills:  Practical experience in score reading, figured bass realization, transposition, melody harmonization, and pop symbols. All students are expected to perform weekly assignments at the keyboard. 

 

Prerequisites: TH 202 or equivalent and Piano 104 proficiency; or permission of instructor.

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TH 476

ADVANCED KEYBOARD SKILLS

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 476 (II-3) Advanced Keyboard Skills:  Intensive practical experience in the realization of figured bass, score reading with emphasis on C-clefs, transposition, modulation, and improvisation. All students are expected to perform weekly assignments at the keyboard. 

 

Prerequisites: TH 475 or equivalent. An audition with the instructor, to be scheduled during the first week of spring semester, is required of all students. Instructor’s permission required.

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TH 480

MODEL COMPOSITION

Fall

Fall 2015

 

6TH 480 (I-3) Model Composition.  This course focuses on composition in common-practice styles and genres. Projects may include a minuet for string quartet, a Romantic-style character piece for piano, and a Romantic Lied. Open to graduate students and undergraduate theory majors; non-theory undergraduates may take the course with instructor permission.

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TH 481

SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 481  (I-3) Special Topics in Music Theory:  A variety of analytical and theoretical topics of changing focus. Specific topics and instructors to be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit.

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TH 482

SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 482 (II-3) Special Topics in Music Theory:  A variety of analytical and theoretical topics of changing focus. Specific topics and instructors to be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit.

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TH 490

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring, Fall

Fall 2011

   

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TH 511

THEORY & ANALYSIS OF TONAL MUSIC

Fall

Fall 2015

 

6TH 511 (I-4) Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music:  Introduction to the theories of Heinrich Schenker and their application to the analysis of tonal music. Intensive analytical work and selected readings. Preference given to Ph.D. Candidates; MA, MM, and DMA candidates should take TH411. 

 

Prerequisite: at least one upper-level undergraduate form and analysis course.

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TH 513

THEORY & ANALYSIS OF 20TH and 21ST-CENTURY MUSIC

Spring

Fall 2016

 

6TH 513 (II-4) Theory and Analysis of 20th and 21st-Century Music: This course includes analysis and selected readings. Topics include cyclic, set, serial and twelve-tone, contour, and transformational theories.

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TH 521

PEDAGOGY OF THEORY I

Spring, Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 521 (I, II-4) Pedagogy of Theory:  A course in the materials, organization, techniques, and problems of the first two years of theory teaching, designed for PhD theory students. Bibliographical survey of texts and sample teaching. Observation and teaching of freshman and sophomore classes. Preference given to Ph.D. Candidates; MA, MM, and DMA candidates should take TH421.

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TH 522

PEDAGOGY OF THEORY II

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 522 (II-3, alternate years) Pedagogy of Theory II:  This course takes up a host of pedagogical topics designed to complement the skills developed in TH 421. Some are more practical in nature (e.g., the pedagogy of musical form, or various uses of technology), while others are more abstract/philosophical (e.g., curriculum design and repertoire selection). Still others are aimed at professional development, like writing a statement of teaching philosophy or preparing for successful job interviews.  TH 421 is not a prerequisite. Open to theory majors; others only by permission of instructor.

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TH 523

HISTORY OF MUSIC THEORY, PART I

Fall

Fall 2015

 

6TH 523 (I-4) History of Music Theory, Part I:  Part I of a two-semester survey of the history of music theory. The semester will start with the ancient Greeks and end in the early 18th century, covering such topics as division of the pitch continuum, consonance and dissonance, rhythm/meter, mode/scale, counterpoint, and figured bass. 

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TH 524

HISTORY OF MUSIC THEORY, PART II

Spring

Spring 2016

 

6TH 524 (II-4) History of Music Theory, Part II:  Part II of a two-semester survey of the history of music theory. The semester will start with early 18th century theory and end in the early 20th century, covering such topics as counterpoint, figured bass, functional harmony, tonal form, acoustics, Schenker, and chromaticism.

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TH 531

SEMINAR IN ANALYSIS & PERFORMANCE

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 531 (I, II-4) Seminar in Analysis and Performance:  This course deals primarily with the relationship between analysis and performance decisions. It also draws upon the history of performance practice, contemporaneous sources on the subject, and comparative evaluation of recorded performances. Specific works studied are determined by the instructor in consultation with the students. A major analysis of an approved work is required. 

 

Prerequisite: TH 400 or the equivalent.

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TH 560

PROSEMINAR IN MUSIC COGNITION

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 560 (I, II-4, alternate years) Proseminar in Music Cognition:  This seminar in music cognition is intended for graduate students in music theory or cognitive science; others only with permission of instructor. We will survey primary sources in the field on the perception of key, meter, harmony, rhythm, and form. Other topics may include emotion, performance, development, computational modeling, corpus research, and neuroscience. Some topics in experimental methods and statistics will also be covered. Students are required to do a final project and presentation, based on an experiment, computational or corpus research, or a critical survey of a research area.

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TH 581

THEORY SEMINAR

Fall

Fall 2016

 

6TH 581  (I-4) Theory Seminar:  Seminar discussion and research into theoretical topics at the doctoral level. Subjects covered change from year to year, depending upon the mutual interests of faculty and students. Exploration of recent developments and articles in the area of theory. 

 

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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TH 582

THEORY SEMINAR

Spring

Spring 2017

 

6TH 582  (II-4) Theory Seminar:  Seminar discussion and research into theoretical topics at the doctoral level. Subjects covered change from year to year, depending upon the mutual interests of faculty and students. Exploration of recent developments and articles in the area of theory. 

 

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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TH 583

THEORY SEMINAR

Fall

Fall 2015

 

6TH 583  (I-4) Theory Seminar:  Seminar discussion and research into theoretical topics at the doctoral level. Subjects covered change from year to year, depending upon the mutual interests of faculty and students. Exploration of recent developments and articles in the area of theory. 

 

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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TH 590

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

   

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TH 591

THEORY COLLOQUIUM

Spring, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 591 (I, II-1) Theory Colloquium:  Attendance and participation in Department colloquia.

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TH 595

PHD DISSERTATION PROJECT

Spring, Summer, Fall

Spring 2017

 

6TH 595 (I, II, S-credit to be arranged) PhD Dissertation Project