Music Theory

Graduate Course Descriptions

Semesters when certain courses are usually offered are indicated "fall", "spring," and "summer." Check the most recent schedule information to confirm availability.

T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students (3 cr.) Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Music Theory Entering Proficiency Examination. Part writing, form, harmonization. Removal of deficiency requires a grade of C or higher. If T511 Aural Theory Review for Graduate Students is also required, T508 Written Music Theory Review should be taken first. (fall, summer)

T509 Sight-Singing Review for Graduate Students (3 cr.) Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Music Theory Entering Proficiency Examination. Music reading involving intervals, scales, chord outlines, rhythm patterns, and meter through solo and ensemble singing. Removal of reading deficiency requires a grade of C or higher. (fall of each year, summer of odd-numbered years)

T511 Aural Music Theory Review for Graduate Students (3 cr.) Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Music Theory Entering Proficiency Examination. Removal of deficiency requires a grade of D or higher. If T508 Written Music Theory Review is also required, it should be taken before T511 Aural Theory Review for Graduate Students. (offered every spring, summers of even-numbered years)

T545 Introductory Analysis of Music Literature (3 cr.) P: T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students and M541-M542, Music History Review for Graduate Students I-II, or equivalent. Basic techniques of analysis applied to a selection of music literature emphasizing works from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century. (fall, spring)

T550 Readings in Music Theory (3 cr.) P: T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students or equivalent. Introduction to the discipline of music theory: objectives, issues, trends, methods, resources, literature. (spring)

T551 Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music (3 cr.) P: T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students or equivalent. In-depth analysis of common-practice repertoire through multiple techniques, including the study both of pitch and of rhythm. (fall)

T555 Schenkerian Analysis (3 cr.) P: T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students or equivalent; and T551 Introduction to Analytical Techniques or consent of instructor. Develops skill in applying Heinrich Schenker's analytic method for tonal music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (spring)

T556 Analysis of Music Since 1900 (3 cr.) P: T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students or equivalent. Analytical techniques for music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. (fall, summer)

T561 Music Theory: Variable Topics (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for different topics.

T565 Stylistic Counterpoint: Variable Topics (3 cr.) P: T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students or equivalent. 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. (fall)

T591 Teaching of Music Theory (3 cr.) P: T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students or equivalent. Comparative analysis of teaching techniques, procedures, and materials, with practical application. (spring, summer)

T599 Master's Degree Comprehensive Review (0 cr.) Review of a portfolio assembled from master's coursework. Taken in the final semester of study. (fall, spring)

T619 Projects and Problems in Music Theory I (cr. arr.) P: Consent of music theory department. Investigation and research in the field of music theory designed to meet individual needs of graduate students.

T623-T624 History of Music Theory I-II (3-3 cr.) I. Musical systems of antiquity; modal, rhythmic, and contrapuntal music theory to 1600. (fall of odd-numbered years) II. Music theory from 1600 through the mid-twentieth century. (spring of even-numbered years)

T658 Seminar in Music Theory: Variable Topics (3 cr). (fall, spring)

T659 Public Lecture (0 cr.) Formal presentation to the public of a research paper.

T700 Dissertation in Music Theory (cr. arr.)