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Music Theory, Materials, and Techniques


Incoming students who intend to major in music are strongly encouraged to enroll in Music 1101 (Elements of Music) in the Fall semester and to take Music 2101 (Theory, Materials, and Techniques I) and Music 2201 (Introduction to Music Studies) in the Spring. This will maximize flexibility in scheduling the remaining Core Curriculum courses and electives.

Courses in music theory, materials, and techniques starting from Music 2101 are designed primarily for music majors, but are also open to qualified non-majors. These include courses in tonal theory and musicianship, jazz improvisation and arranging, conducting, composition, electronic music, songwriting, and analysis. Click HERE for course descriptions and prerequisites.

Music 2101 (5 credits), offered in the Fall semester, requires the ability to read bass and treble clefs fluently, to recognize all major and minor keys, and to spell triads, seventh chords, and intervals. Some keyboard proficiency is also required, as well as the ability to sing a simple melody at sight.

A diagnostic exam, given during the first class meeting of Music 2101, assesses the student’s readiness for 2101. Students who have taken Music 1101/1100 or 1105 should be prepared to meet the academic requirements of 2101, although these courses do not include training in keyboard-playing or sight-singing. Students who are not sure of their readiness may wish to review and perhaps augment their proficiency in those skills before taking 2101. They should contact Roger Moseley ( at the beginning of the semester before they plan to take Music 2101 in order to devise an appropriate program of study.