Courses

Music Composition and Theory Courses

TH045 Introduction to Musicianship (0 credits, 4.5 hours per week)
Integration of the basic elements of music, scales, intervals, key signatures, triads, and rhythmic notation with the practical skills of sight singing, rhythmic reading, keyboard harmony, and dictation. Both the theoretical and the practical portion must be passed individually in order to receive a passing grade.

TH141 Musicianship I (4 credits, 4.5 hours per week)
This course assists students in learning and integrating aural, performance, analytical, and composition skills involving diatonic melody and harmony. Both the theoretical and the practical portion must be passed individually in order to receive a passing grade. Prerequisite: TH045 or passing a placement test.

TH142 Musicianship II (4 credits, 4.5 hours per week)
A continuation of TH141 involving chromatic melody and harmony with an introduction to binary and ternary form. Prerequisite: TH141.

TH211 New Music Ensemble (1 credit, 2 hours per week)
This course provides an opportunity to perform new music, primarily works of fellow students. It will also provide instrumentalists an opportunity to develop their performance skills more fully.

TH237 Composition (3)
Class instruction in original composition. May be taken as a level I elective. Prerequisite: TH142.

TH241 Musicianship III (4 credits, 4.5 hours per week)
A continuation of TH142 with an introduction to larger musical forms and counterpoint. Prerequisite: TH142.

TH251 Analytical Studies I (3)
An in-depth analytical study of a select body of tonal music to be determined by the instructor. The music, which will contain only the harmonic vocabulary and formal structures studied in TH141 and TH142, may vary each time the course is offered. May be taken as a level I theory elective. Prerequisite: TH142.

TH252 Analytical Studies II (3)
An in-depth analytical study of a select body of tonal music to be determined by the instructor. The music, which will contain a more advanced harmonic vocabulary and larger formal structures than the music studied in TH251, may vary each time the course is offered. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH241.

TH308 Senior Project (3)
Independent study in theory or composition resulting in either a paper comparable to a substantial journal article or a composition in one of the larger forms.

TH342 Contemporary Trends (3)
An analytical study of the compositional techniques of the 20th Century. Prerequisite: TH241

TH350 Keyboard Harmony (3)
An intense exploration of and drill in musicianship-keyboard skills. Activities include score reading, transposition, modulation, clef reading, figured bass realization, harmonizing melodies, improvising, and lead sheet accompanying. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH241.

TH422 Electroacoustic Music (3)
An introduction to the history and literature of electroacoustic music emphasizing hands-on creative opportunities in sequencing and digital sound processing. May be taken as a level I theory elective. Prerequisite: TH142.

TH431 Form and Analysis (3)
Study of the compositional process as observed in selected examples of music literature, predominantly from the tonal repertoire. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH241.

TH432 Contrapuntal Techniques (3)
18th century counterpoint with an emphasis on analysis and writing of original compositions. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH241.

TH433 Special Topics (3)
The content of the course carrying this number will vary with the special interests and qualifications of the professor teaching it. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH241.

H521 Orchestration (3)
A study of the orchestra and its individual instruments from the standpoints of the composer, arranger, and conductor. May be taken as a level I theory elective. Prerequisite: TH142 and permission of instructor or graduate student standing and removal of all music theory deficiencies.

TH523 Seminar in Music Theory (3)
The content of the course bearing this number will vary with the special interests and qualifications of the professor teaching it. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH241 and permission of instructor or graduate student standing and removal of all music theory deficiencies.

TH525 Analysis of Post-tonal Music (3)
An in-depth analytical study of the post-tonal music of the early twentieth century and after, with the specific music determined by the instructor. A variety of analytical approaches will be employed, including, but not limited to, set analysis, serial analysis, and formal analysis. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH342 and permission of instructor or graduate student standing and removal of all music theory deficiencies.

TH533 Choral and Instrumental Arranging (3)
Arranging for various ensembles of voices and instruments. May be taken as a level II theory elective. Prerequisite: TH241 and permission of instructor or graduate student standing and removal of all music theory deficiencies.

TH534 Song Writing (3)
Solo vocal composition in various styles. May be taken as a level I theory elective. Prerequisite: TH142 and permission of instructor or graduate student standing and removal of all music theory deficiencies.

TH608 Graduate Musicianship Review (0 credits, 4 hours per week)
Required for graduate students admitted with deficiencies in musicianship as determined by the graduate placement test in musicianship. This course assists students in learning and integrating aural, performance, analytical, and composition skills. Both the theoretical and the practical portion must be passed individually in order to receive a passing grade. It is strongly recommended that this course be taken at the outset of graduate study.

TH611 New Music Ensemble
Same as TH211; for graduate students.

TH622 Electroacoustic Music (3)
Same as TH422; with additional requirements for graduate students. Prerequisite: removal of all music theory deficiencies.

TH626 Analysis (3)
A study of the compositional process as observed in selected tonal works, using the analytical approach of Heinrich Schenker. Prerequisite: removal of all music theory deficiencies.

TH650 Keyboard Harmony (3)
Same TH350. Additionally, graduate students will complete the regular weekly assignments plus a graduate individual project. Graduate projects may include transposition of a number of songs (perhaps a complete set) into all keys, figured bass realization for a Bach cantata, improvisation of service music (prelude, offertory, interludes, chorale preludes, postlude), multiple re-harmonizations of hymns/chorales for a service, and score reduction and performance of a movement of an orchestral work.

Music History Courses

MH247, 248 Music Historiography I, II (3,3)
The nature of historical writing about music with the goal of developing a deep critical knowledge of a variety of frameworks. The class will analyze written historical accounts of music, accompanied by scores and recordings, in terms of the technical and philosophical problems underlying all historical study. The course emphasizes critical thinking skills, includes esthetic judgments about works of art, and addresses techniques of musicological research. Prerequisite: MH247: LL131. Prerequisite for MH248: MH247.

MH333 Special Topics in Music History (3)
The contents of courses carrying this number will vary with the special interests and qualifications of the instructors teaching them. Possible topics include period courses, courses from a distinct perspective, composer courses, and genre courses. Prerequisite: MH248.

MH345 Music Since 1900 (3)
A study of the development of music since 1900. Prerequisite: MH248.

MH350 Music in the United States (3)
Ahistorical study of music in the United States that includes Native American, European, African, and Asian heritages as well as classical, folk, and popular music. Prerequisite: MH248.

MH533 Seminar in Music History (3)
The content of the course carrying this number will vary with the special interests and qualifications of the professor teaching it. Prerequisite: MH248 and permission of instructor or graduate student standing and removal of all music history deficiencies.

MH608 Graduate Music History Review (0 credits, 3 hours per week)
Required for graduate students who are admitted with deficiencies in music history, as determined by the graduate placement test in music history. It is strongly recommended that this course be taken at the outset of graduate study.

MH631 Introduction to Musicology (3)
Introduction to the basic tools of research in historical musicology in order to foster: (1) an awareness of the nature and scope of historical musicology as a scholarly discipline; (2) familiarity with the techniques of musicological research, including databases and listserves available via the Internet; (3) an understanding of the relationship between musicological research and performance practice; and (4) experience in the application of musicological techniques to specific musical works and issues. The course consists 50 percent of bibliographic study and 50 percent of class projects centered around musical works, involving presentation of both oral and written seminar reports. It is strongly recommended that this course be taken at the outset of graduate study. Required for all Master of Music candidates.