Courses

  • CFA MT 301: Music Theory 5
    Analytical and theoretical concepts of post-tonal music will be explored in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Major stylistic trends and approaches, such as free atonality, centricity/scale-based music, neo-classicism, twelve- tone/serial music, experimentalism, and new approaches to tonality will be covered.
  • CFA MT 302: Music Theory 6
    Special Topics in Music Theory; this course covers a variety of approaches, styles, and periods. Individual subjects are offered on a rotational basis. Refer to specific course sections for current offerings.
  • CFA MT 311: Aural Skills 5
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CFA MT 111, MT 112, MT 211, and MT 212 or placement by exam. Continuation of CFA MT 212. Advanced work in preparing chromatic, atonal and melodically disjunct material, sight-singing, rhythmic reading, and dictation. May be taken for graduate credit with permission. 1 cr.
  • CFA MT 321: Composition 5
    Prereq: CFA MT 222. Original work in contemporary composition. (May be repeated for credit.) 2 cr. Undergraduate.
  • CFA MT 322: Composition 6
    Prereq: CFA MT 321. Original work in contemporary composition. (May be repeated for credit.) 2 cr. Undergraduate.
  • CFA MT 341: Modal Counterpoint 1
    Prereq: CFA MU 102. Analysis and writing of examples of sixteenth-century vocal styles including the motet. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 342: Tonal Counterpoint 2
    The study of the early eighteenth-century styles of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, with an emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice. Special attention will be paid to composing and analyzing invertible counterpoint, canon, two-part inventions and fugue. This is an undergraduate course, cross-listed with the graduate course MU705. 2.0 credits.
  • CFA MT 400: Graduate Theory Review
    This course is dependent on a student's theory proficiency exam results. Review of fundamental music theory and analysis through the study of chord grammar, voice leading principles, figured bass, four-part chorale harmonizations and form. Materials are approached through listening, writing, and analytical work. Pre-requisite for MT600, unless placed out via theory proficiency exam.
  • CFA MT 401: Graduate Theory Review
    This course is dependent on a student's theory proficiency exam results. Review of fundamental music theory and analysis through the study of chord grammar, voice leading principles, figured bass, four-part chorale harmonizations and form. Materials are approached through listening, writing and analytical work. Pre-requisite for MT601 and/or MT602 unless placed out via theory proficiency exam.
  • CFA MT 421: Senior Composition 7
    Prereq: CFA MT 322. More advanced original work in contemporary musical composition. Undergraduate. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 422: Senior Composition 8
    Prereq: CFA MT 421. More advanced original work in contemporary musical composition. Undergraduate. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 431: Orchestration 1
    Basic techniques in scoring for chorus, orchestra, band, and ensembles. Ranges and transpositions of voices and instruments; idiomatic writing, score reading, and clef transposition. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 432: Orchestration 2
    Basic techniques in scoring for chorus, orchestra, band, and ensembles. Ranges and transpositions of voices and instruments; idiomatic writing, score reading, and clef transposition. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 435: Composing with Electronic Sounds & Computers 1
    Aesthetic and technical knowledge needed to complete individual, creative work using electronic media alone or with acoustic instruments. Use of computers, recording equipment, digital editing software, and sound analysis software: developing basic skills in synthesis, sampling, digital recording and live performance techniques. Listening assignments provide an introduction to existing literature and relevant aspects of acoustic and electronic theory. May not be taken concurrently with CFA MT436. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 436: Composing with Electronic Sounds and Computers 2
    Prereq: CFA MT 435 or equivalent experience and permission from instructor. Expansion of aesthetic and technical knowledge in the domains of computer music, sound manipulation and sound recording. Introduction to computer-assisted composition environments and real-time interaction between electronics and instruments.
  • CFA MT 499: Independent Study: Undergraduates
    Individual projects arranged between undergraduate students and faculty, often in areas outside of the regular curriculum. Plans must be submitted in advance of registration. Variable credit.
  • CFA MT 520: Composers' Forum
    Required seminar for all composers. Visiting composers present and discuss their music. Students also present their own music and lead topics for discussion.
  • CFA MT 600: Analytical Techniques
    Systematic and empirical investigations into formal and compositional procedures of selected masterworks from the tonal repetoire. Lectures leading to individual analytical projects.
  • CFA MT 601: Analytical Techniques 1
    Systematic and empirical investigations into formal and compositional procedures of selected masterworks from the tonal repertoire. Lectures leading to individual analytical projects. Credits not applicable to MusAD in Composition. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 602: Analytical Techniques 2
    Analysis of contemporary music. Investigation into compositional methods and procedures used in twentieth-century music. Lectures leading to individual analytical projects. Credits not applicable to MusAD in Composition. 3 cr.