Music Theory I

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2 sem. hrs., 3 contact hrs.

This four-semester sequence of courses examines the fundamental principles of music in a variety of styles. The historical evolution of musical devices and the relation of past contemporary musical thought are emphasized. Written and analytical skills are developed in melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint and form. Music majors must enroll in both the music theory and the aural skills sequence concurrently. Theory courses must be taken in sequence; satisfactory completion of each course in the sequence is required before the next course is taken.