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Music Theory


Music theory is a vital component in the education of musicians. Music theory instruction in The Hartt School provides students majoring in music, dance, and theatre with experiences in perceiving, analyzing, and performing music. The core music theory and ear training curriculum for undergraduates is two to five semesters of music theory with two to six semesters of ear training. Kodaly instruction is used for all levels of ear training at The Hartt School.


Applicants for the Bachelor of Music in music theory usually have preparatory training in music theory and performance. The BMus degree requires 137.5 credits which can be completed in eight full-time semesters. Music theory majors follow a carefully planned curriculum under the supervision of a faculty member of the music theory department. The undergraduate music theory program includes tonal harmony, tonal analysis, modern techniques, tonal counterpoint, modal counterpoint, keyboard harmony, score reading, orchestration and music theory pedagogy. An essay is completed during the senior year. The essay topic is selected by the student and is supervised by a faculty member of the music theory department. Music theory may be elected as either an independent major or as part of a double major degree program, such as theory and performance. Undergraduate music theory majors are required to maintain an overall grade point average of "B-" throughout their degree program.

Diverse areas of musicianship and scholarship are represented by the faculty, curriculum, and activities of the music theory department. Fields of faculty research include Kodaly instruction, Schenkerian analysis, contemporary music, film music, international music, popular music, and theory pedagogy. Graduate seminars in theory have included the music of Bartok, the Beatles, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Stravinsky, Varese, and Wagner. The Hartt Music Theory Forum was established in 1988 for musicians and scholars to visit The Hartt School to share their theoretical ideas and research with students, faculty, and the community. Forum speakers have included James Baker, Elaine Barkin, Richard Bass, Benjamin Boretz, Charles Burkhart, Scott Burnham, Robert Cogan, Mark De Voto, Allen Forte, Marion Guck, All Keiler, Joel Lester, Robert Morgan, Dorothy Payne, Lee Rothfarb, Carl Schachter, Janet Schmalfeldt, Deborah Stein, and Robert W. Wason.



Major in Music Theory (137.5 credits)

First Year

Subject Code Course Title Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
TH 111-112 Diatonic- Chromatic Harmony 2 2
TH 120-121 Elementary Ear Training I - II 2 2
TH 475, 476 Music Theory Colloquium 0 0
APC 122-123 Piano-Keyboard Class2 2 2
COM 110-111 First Course Composition 3 3
RPW 110, 111 Rhetoric and Writing I - II 3 3
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 16.5 16.5

Second Year

APC 222-223 Piano-Keyboard Class 2 2
TH 210-211 Tonal Form — Post-Tonal Form 2 2
TH 220-221 Intermediate Ear Training I-II 2 2
CON 314 Conducting Fundamentals - 2
HLM 212 Music History: Perspectives on Music History 3 -
HLM 213 Music History: Classicism to the Present - 3
GER 110-111 Elementary German I - II 3 3
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 3
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 16.5 18.5

Third Year

Instrumental/Vocal Study or Elective 2 2
TH 330 Keyboard Harmony 2 -
TH 331 Keyboard Improvisation - 1 .5
TH 400 Music Theory Pedagogy - 3
TH 410 Advanced Form and Analysis - 3
TH 475, 476 Music Theory Colloquium 0 0
COM 340 Orchestration 3 -
COM 461 Music Technology I 3 -
Music Electives - 3
HLM 316 Music History - Medieval through Baroque 3 -
HLM Music History elective - 3
Performing organization3 1 1
Music theory/comp./ history elective - 2
Mathematics elective 3 -
Total Credits 17 18.5

Fourth Year

Instrumental/Vocal Study 2 2
TH 333 Score Reading 2 -
TH 405 Ear Training Pedagogy - 3
TH 420 Modal Counterpoint 3 -
TH 421 Tonal Counterpoint - 3
TH 475, 476 Music Theory Colloquium 0 0
TH 485 Senior Essay - 2
Performing organization3 1 1
Music Electives 6 3
ES 562 Acoustics for Musicians 3 -
Academic Elective - 3
Total Credits 17 17

1Enrollment dependent on placement exam.

2Exempted students take private instrumental/vocal study.

3Major choral or instrumental performing organization, eight semesters.

Note: A cumulative GPA of B- (2.67) or higher is required to remain in the Music Theory program.

 

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