Introduction to Musicianship
Introduction to musicianship through in-depth exploration of basic common musical elements and training in aural recognition, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills. Focus on topics such as tonal and modal harmony, rhythm, improvisation, composition, notation, and ear training to prepare students for later theory courses, participation in music ensembles, advanced study in music, and professional careers.
Theory: species counterpoint through fifth species; description of triads and inversions.
Theory: diatonic harmony through secondary dominants and diminished sevenths; modulations to dominant and relative keys; writing of four-part chorales; style composition in baroque dance forms; introduction to figured bass notation.
Theory: chromatic harmony including development of tonality, 1800 to 1850; appropriate analysis and style composition.
Required for Vocal Performance majors only. Exploration of variety of vocal repertoire, including opera, art songs, early music, recitative, and folk songs. Transcription, translation, speaking, and singing of texts from pieces assigned in course, as well as from repertoire being prepared for juries. A: English and Italian. B: German. C: French.
Theory: baroque counterpoint including chorale prelude; twopart invention; exposition and first modulation of three-part invention; canonic principles; analysis of inventions, canons, and fugues. Musicianship: sightsinging of extended chromatic melodies; advanced harmonic dictation (diatonic and chromatic); keyboard harmonization of modulating melodies; elementary score reading.
Theory: advanced chromatic harmony including development of harmony from 1850; analytical projects; style composition. Musicianship: advanced score reading; advanced harmonic dictation; preparation for departmental examination.
20th-century harmonic language, including nonfunctional harmony, polytonality, free atonality, serialism, and minimalism.
Survey of Western music; examination of representative compositions within their cultural contexts and development of analytical methods appropriate to each repertory. A: To 1700. B: 1700 - 1890. C: 1890 to Present.
Required for Vocal Performance majors only. Performance-based course that develops repertoire and experience in collaborative performance for pianists and vocalists. Activities include text and score preparation, diction, weekly rehearsals, regular coaching, and performances for lessons, juries, recitals, master classes, auditions, and other related activities. Intensive diction study incorporated. Regular coaching with faculty members, weekly performance class, and rehearsals.
Music Performance majors enroll in individual instruction on their primary instrument or voice for 12 quarters.
Music Performance majors participate in Music Department large ensembles and chamber ensembles. Learn more about the performance ensembles.

Elective Courses

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Students may select additional elective courses from other departments and programs within the school of music.
Understanding Movie Music
Brief historical survey of film music, with strong emphasis on recent development: Japanese animation, advertising, and MTV, as well as computer tools and digital scoring methods.
Acquisition of listening skills through direct interaction with live performance, performers, and composers. Relationship of listening to theoretical, analytical, historical, and cultural frameworks. Music as aesthetic experience and cultural practice.
Examination of composers, writers, and filmmakers whose creative efforts changed how world came to view American dream. Full features and music clips illustrate American life as seen through Hollywood musicals.
Survey course covering standard piano literature and composers through listening and reading. I: Baroque and Classical. II: Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th-Century, and Contemporary.
Introduction to principles of Alexander technique. Study of musician’s postural attitude at instrument, including physical movement as application of theory. Designed to help instrumentalists and vocalists prevent injuries and performance anxiety.
Introduction and overview of oboe reed making, including hands on training with tools and techniques necessary to develop and maintain oboe reeds.
Introduction, overview, and hands-on-training with tools and techniques necessary to develop and maintain bassoon reeds.
Survey of historical and stylistic development of musical style referred to today as Latin jazz.
Introduction to history, tradition, and scope of music of Armenia. Focus on number of different genres and approaches, and interactions between music and culture, society, and history.
In-depth study of selected topics in keyboard literature, concentrating on problems of performance through analysis, historical and comparative studies, and actual performances by participants.
Examination of influence of music industry on way music is created, performed, listened to, evaluated, and used today. Historical approach taken, beginning with music published in 18th century and continuing through development of audio recordings to MTV and popular music today.

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