Theory I: Materials of Music


This introductory course will meet twice each week (two 90-minute sessions). We will study elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, intensity, and timbre to see how they combine in various musical structures and how those structures communicate. Studies will include notation and ear training, as well as theoretical exercises, rudimentary analyses, and the study of repertoire from various eras of Western music. Beginning music students in Theory I are not required to take an ensemble; ensemble participation is optional. This course is a prerequisite to the Theory II: Basic Tonal Theory and Composition and the Advanced Theory sequence.