MUS 103 (F), MUS 104(S) Music Theory and Musicianship I

The courses are designed for potential majors and for students with strong instrumental or vocal backgrounds. Although there is no prerequisite for Music 103, students are expected to have some knowledge of musical rudiments, reading proficiency in at least one clef, and ideally have some comfort reading both bass and treble clefs. An entrance exam administered on the first day of Music 103 will assess students' skills and background, and determine if a student requires any additional remedial work to complement and fortify course work during the early weeks of the semester. Students with a strong background in music theory may take a placement exam during First Days to see whether they can pass out of one or both semesters. Students are expected to take Music 103 prior to Music 104; exceptions will be made only for students who have either placed out of Music 103 or have received permission of the instructor. Music 103-104 presents the materials, structures and procedures of tonal music, with an emphasis on the harmonic and contrapuntal practice of the baroque and classical periods (ca. 1600-1825). Music 103 explores triadic harmony, voice leading, and counterpoint with an emphasis on the chorale style of J.S. Bach and his predecessors. Keyboard harmony and figured bass exercises, sight singing, dictation, analysis of repertoire, written exercises and emulation projects will develop both an intellectual and an aural understanding of music of the period. Music 104 continues the practical musicianship work of Music 103, while expanding the scope of harmonic topics to include seventh chords and chromatic harmony. Music 104 further explores the transformation of chorale harmony in contrapuntal works of the eighteenth century, and introduces the elements of classical style. Projects include the composition and performance of a baroque fugue and a classical minuet. Format: lecture two days a week; a conference meeting one day a week; musicianship skills lab meeting twice a week. Evaluation will be based on weekly written work, written and keyboard quizzes, and midyear and final projects. Enrollment limit per lecture section 15, total avg. enrollments 103: 38, 104: 20. Preference given to first years and sophomores with an interest in becoming music majors. For juniors and seniors, preference given to those who have been active performers in the department (through membership in the ensembles). Within all years, preference given to students with strongest rudiments and musicianship skills, as measured by the entrance exam, given during first lecture class of Music 103.

Hour: E. GOLLIN (lectures, conferences); BODNER, LAWRENCE (labs)