Course description

Study of the foundations of tonal music as conceived and practiced throughout eighteenth-century Europe. The course combines modern pedagogical methods with the study of relevant historical sources and incorporates active learning at the keyboard. Topics to be covered include rudiments such as scales and triads; melodic and harmonic principles; voice-leading strategies and schemata; species counterpoint; improvisation, including techniques of embellishment and the realization of solfeggi and partimenti; rhythm, meter, and the musical embodiment of gestures; and the study of topoi and social registers. During section meetings, the concepts and skills introduced in lecture will be practiced at the keyboard as well as vocally. Other topics to be covered in sections include the rudiments of musicianship (literacy, aural skills, intervallic production and identification, rhythmic accuracy and fluency, etc.); sight singing; and score reading.

Intended for students planning to major or minor in music, and other qualified students. A grade of B or better in MUSIC 2101 is required for admission to the music major.


Basic ability to read/write music and to sing or play an instrument, as evaluated by diagnostic exam, and/or instructor permission.


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