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Music Associate Degree Core Classes
Music Theory I
This course briefly considers the fundamental elements of music theory, including notation, scales, intervals, key signatures, meter and rhythm, and triads and their respective inversions. The majority of the course focuses on harmonic analysis, figured bass, cadences, non-harmonic tones, melodic organization, and texture/textural reduction.
Music Theory Lab I
This course is devoted to the development of aural skills through instruction in solfege-based sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, simple melodic dictation, ear training, and functional keyboard/piano elements that include root position triads and selected major scales.
Music Theory II
This course is designed as a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory I. Course contents include two- and four-part writing, harmonic progression, harmonic rhythm, dominant seventh chords, leading tone seventh chords, non-dominant seventh chords, and modulation.
Music Theory Lab II
This course is a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory Lab I. Course contents include sight-singing, rhythmic and melodic dictation, simple harmonic dictation, ear training and functional keyboard/piano elements that include inverted triads, root position seventh chords, all major scales, and selected minor scales.
Music History & Literature I
This course investigates the development of music in western civilization. Emphasis is given to the significant role of church music in this history. The hallmarks of musical literature representing major periods of music history are studied in detail. Also, personalities, processes, and contemporary events are discussed, along with specific musical compositions. Music of antiquity through the early Baroque periods is examined. Special consideration is given to the development of polyphony, along with the evolution of certain genres, such as the Mass and the motet.
Music Theory III
This course is designed as a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory II. The course covers secondary chord structures; binary and ternary forms; 18th-century counterpoint; extended and chromatic harmonic materials; an introduction to Classical period forms; and the continued development of part-writing, compositional, and analytical skills as they pertain to all musical materials and forms covered in this course.
Music Theory Lab III
This course is a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory Lab II. Course contents include sight-singing of diatonic and basic chromatic music materials, part singing, the use of Kodaly solfege hand signals, melodic and harmonic dictation of diatonic musical materials, rhythmic dictation, and functional piano/keyboard skills that include all one-octave major and minor scales, playing two-voice and simple three-voice parts, realizing basic chord lead sheets, seventh chords, and chord voicings.
Music History & Literature II
This course is a continuation of the study begun in Music History and Literature I. In the study of Music History and Literature II, the development of the music of Western civilization will be investigated with emphasis being given to the significant role of church music in that history. The hallmarks of musical literature representing the major periods of history will be studied in detail. Also, composers and performers, processes, and contemporary events will be discussed. During this second term of study, music of the classical period through the 20th century will be covered. Special consideration will be given to the development of particular genres (categorizations or classifications of music), such as the symphony, the sonata, etc.
Students may choose from a variety of electives. Students wishing to pursue Music Education should take the following courses:
Field Experience: School Observations
Field Experience: Tutoring
Field Experience: Team Teaching
Intro to Music Technology
An additional 0.5 credits to meet the 3-credit Music Elective requirement.