MUS 202 - Theory of Music

Course Description

The fourth semester of a four-semester/two year sequence of coursework designed for students who are pursuing music as an academic major. The course content is a continuation of MUS 201 with the addition of the study of 20th Century compositional and beginning counterpoint. Group 1 course.

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Required Prerequisites

MUS 201, MUS 203, MUS 206; or equivalent competency.


MUS 204, MUS 207

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify terminology associated with post-tonal theories and twelve-tone serialism.
  • Identify harmonic, melodic, formal elements of repertoire from the romantic period.
  • Analyze harmonic, melodic, formal content of repertoire from the romantic period.
  • Analyze and write short examples of music utilizing modern compositional techniques including scalar, harmonic, and rhythmic elements.
  • Analyze and write examples using principles of jazz theory.
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.