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One of the requirements for the Music Major is a three-course sequence in Music Theory & Composition. Before students can begin the series, however, they must pass Music 170 - Basic Musicianship, or test out of it. To find out more about the test-out: Test-out for Music 170 Basic Musicianship

It is advisable to take the prerequisite and three required theory courses over a two-year period, without a break, beginning in the freshman or sophomore year.

MUSIC 170 – Basic Musicianship
Note: This course is a Prerequisite for the Music Major.
This course explores the study of notation, intervals, scales, rhythmic skills, ear training, and other fundamentals of music theory. (3 credits) Fall

MUSIC 270 – Music Theory and Composition I
Prerequisites: Music 170, test out, or consent of instructor
Focuses on the study of the melodic composition and harmonic compositional techniques in two parts (counterpoint). Also included are skill elements in rhythm, ear training and keyboard. (3 credits) Spring

MUSIC 370 – Music Theory & Composition II
Prerequisite: Music 270
Continues the study of melodic and harmonic 2 part compositional techniques as well as 3-part and song writing techniques. Also included are skill elements in rhythm, ear training and keyboard. (3 credits) Fall

MUSIC 470 – Music Theory & Composition III
Prerequisite: Music 370
Continues the study of contrapuntal techniques as well exploring a variety of other compositional formats. Also included are skill elements in rhythm and ear training. (3 credits) Spring