Music Theory

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2019-20
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Courses offered by the Music Theory Department are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester and consult individual course entries in this schedule for information on course prerequisites and corequisites.

MUS  T109 - Rudiments of Music I

Fundamentals of notation, ear training, and music reading. Melody and beginning harmony. Offered in traditional and online sections. Music Fundamentals Online is an alternative to T109 as a prerequisite to other music theory classes. See http://go.iu.edu/1AQE for details. A grade of C or higher is required.

MUS  T132 - Musical Skills I

It is strongly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with T152 Music Theory and Literature II. Diatonic melody and harmony; two-part counterpoint. Aural skills, music reading, and keyboard. A grade of C or higher is required.

MUS  T151 - Music Theory and Literature I

Introduction to the literature and analysis of music. Introduction to diatonic harmony.

MUS  T152 - Music Theory and Literature II

Diatonic harmony continued, and introduction to chromatic harmony. Two-voice counterpoint and study of small forms.

MUS  T231 - Musical Skills II

It is strongly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with T251 Music Theory and Literature III. Melody, harmony, and counterpoint continued; some chromaticism. Aural skills, music reading, and keyboard. A grade of C or higher is required.

MUS  T232 - Musical Skills III

It is strongly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with T252 Music Theory and Literature IV. Chromatic melody and harmony. Aural skills, music reading, and keyboard. A grade of C or higher is required.

MUS  T251 - Music Theory and Literature III

Study of music from the late sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, with an emphasis on counterpoint, harmony, and form.

MUS  T252 - Music Theory and Literature IV

Study of music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on advanced harmonic procedures and analysis of larger forms.

MUS  T261 - Music Theory and Literature III

Honors equivalent of T251. Study of music from the late sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, with an emphasis on counterpoint, harmony, and form.

MUS  T262 - Music Theory and Literature IV

Honors equivalent of T252. Study of music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on advanced harmonic procedures and analysis of larger forms.

MUS  T331 - Musical Skills IV

It is strongly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with T351 Music Theory and Literature V. Twentieth-century materials. A grade of C or higher is required.

MUS  T351 - Music Theory and Literature V

Study of music from the early twentieth century to the present; new compositional and analytical procedures.

MUS  T361 - Music Theory and Literature V

Honors equivalent of T351. Study of music from the early twentieth century to the present; new compositional and analytical procedures.

MUS  T400 - Undergraduate Readings in Music Theory

Independent study on a topic approved by the music theory department prior to enrollment in the course.

MUS  T410 - Topics in Music Theory

Study of selected compositions of a particular composer, historical period, or genre. Emphasis on music and its relation to theoretical and compositional ideas. May be repeated for different topics.

MUS  T412 - Advanced Aural and Keyboard Techniques

Listening in context to music of various style periods. Keyboard skills (e.g., figured bass, harmonization, and score reading).

MUS  T416 - Counterpoint: Variable Topics

The techniques of counterpoint with an emphasis on a particular style, such as that of the sixteenth or eighteenth century.

MUS  T417 - Analysis of Tonal Music

Analytical techniques for the study of tonal music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

MUS  T418 - Music and Ideas

An introduction to the philosophy of music and the history and problems of musical aesthetics.

MUS  T508 - Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students

Part writing, form, and harmonization. Meets the proficiency requirement with a grade of C or higher. If T511 Aural Music Theory Review for Graduate Students is also required, T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students should be taken first.

MUS  T509 - Sight-Singing Review for Graduate Students

Music reading involving intervals, scales, chord outlines, and rhythm patterns through sight singing and performance of prepared melodies in solo and ensemble settings. Meets the proficiency requirement with a grade of C or higher.

MUS  T511 - Aural Music Theory Review for Graduate Students

Dictation of musical examples including rhythms, intervals, chords and chord proressions, melodies, two-voice contrapuntal examples, and contextual listening examples. Meets the proficiency requirement with a grade of C or higher. If T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students is also required, it should be taken before T511 Aural Music Theory Review for Graduate Students.

MUS  T545 - Introductory Analysis of Music Literature

Basic techniques of analysis applied to a selection of music literature emphasizing works from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century.

MUS  T550 - Readings in Music Theory

Introduction to the discipline of music theory: objectives, issues, trends, methods, resources, and literature.

MUS  T551 - Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music

In-depth analysis of common-practice repertoire through multiple techniques, including the study both of pitch and of rhythm.

MUS  T555 - Schenkerian Analysis

Develops skill in applying Heinrich Schenker’s analytic method for tonal music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

MUS  T556 - Analysis of Music Since 1900

Analytical techniques for music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

MUS  T561 - Music Theory: Variable Topics

May be repeated for different topics.

MUS  T565 - Stylistic Counterpoint: Variable Topics

Analysis of, and composition in, the contrapuntal style of a given period, e.g., J. S. Bach and his contemporaries, the sixteenth-century sacred style, the Romantic period. May be repeated for different topics.

MUS  T591 - Music Theory Pedagogy

Comparative analysis of teaching techniques, procedures, and materials, with practical application.

MUS  T599 - Master's Degree Comprehensive Review

Review of a portfolio assembled from master’s coursework. Taken in the final semester of study. This course is eligible for deferred (R) grading.

MUS  T619 - Projects and Problems in Music Theory

Investigation and research in the field of music theory designed to meet individual needs of graduate students.

MUS  T623 - History of Music Theory I

Musical systems of antiquity; modal, rhythmic, and contrapuntal music theory to 1600.

MUS  T624 - History of Music Theory II

Music theory from 1600 through the mid-twentieth century.

MUS  T650 - Dissertation Topic Workshop

This workshop, normally to be taken during the last semester of coursework, is aimed at developing the dissertation topic and writing the topic prospectus. Students will meet under faculty supervision to discuss ideas, critique each other's analyses and writing samples, suggest readings, and so forth.

MUS  T658 - Seminar in Music Theory: Variable Topics

May be repeated for different topics.

MUS  T659 - Public Lecture

Formal presentation to the public of a research paper. This course is eligible for deferred (R) grading.

MUS  T700 - Dissertation in Music Theory

This course is eligible for deferred (R) grading.