MUS 201 - Theory of Music

Course Description

The third semester of a four-semester/two year sequence of coursework designed for students who are pursuing music as an academic major. Harmonic analyzation, traditional and non-traditional compositional techniques and musical form make up the course content. Group 1 course.

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Required Prerequisites

MUS 102, MUS 104, MUS 107; or equivalent competency


MUS 203, MUS 206

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Communications - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify harmonic, melodic, formal content of repertoire.
  • Analyze harmonic, melodic, formal content of repertoire.
  • Analyze and write short examples of music utilizing chromatic harmonies including V/x, vii/x, N6, Aug+6, ct7, borrowed chords, and chromatic mediants.
  • Write and analyze larger musical forms and techniques including fugue, sonata, and rondo forms.
Human Dimension:
  • See themselves as artists.
  • Collaborate with others in a creative environment.
  • Recognize the personal and societal importance of self-expression and creativity.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Express interest in music from other cultures and genres.
  • Value differences in cultural expressions of creativity.
  • Recognize the role music plays as an expression of social concerns.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Read study effectively.
  • Frame useful questions.
  • Develop educational goals.
  • Direct/regulate their own learning.
  • Learn through collaboration.