What Is Music Theory?
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|June 23, 2014 - July 11, 2014||3||M-F 9A-11:50A||Open||Andrew Aziz||10644|
The overarching theme and main objective of the course attempts to address (and debunk) the assumed definitions of "music theory". The audience would likely be toward either majors or non-majors who have an idea about music theory, but may be intimidated by the "barrier" of theory. For these people, it will give them an outstanding idea of the role of music theory both within a concentration and in their own studies.
While any music theory course will inevitably be technical, this course will rely on many musical examples and performances by the instructor on piano and try to integrate critical thinking as much as possible. Rather than try to achieve complete technical proficiency, the course will try to focus as much as possible on what music theory IS, by often delving into several topics (e.g., looking at complete works without scrutinizing every harmony) that provide a bigger picture. For many students without music experience, this will include aspects of form, phrase structure, and orchestration. Exposure to all musical idioms, from Baroque to 20th-century, as well as jazz and pop.
Speak fluently about the utility and purpose of music theory; be prepared to comprehend not only the rudiments but consider larger issues. For those considering music major in college, the course will provide a "first look" at the issues that will arise during the curriculum.
Proficient ability to read treble and bass clef