This course covers the fundamentals of tonal music theory: pitch notation; rhythm and meter; major and minor scales; intervals; triads and seventh chords, as well as common terms and symbols used in common practice music. By the end of this course students will be able to read pitches in common clefs and will be familiar with note durations and meters. They will also learn to spell and recognize key signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, and triads and will become familiar with the concept of harmonic function and cadence. After completing this course, students will be ready to begin the undergraduate music theory sequence (Theory I-IV).
This course is designed to teach not only historical facts about music but also to encourage deeper listening to music from a variety of sources. The course is a guided journey of listening, reading, and discussion (oral and written) of music, with corresponding recommended listening and assignments for deeper understanding. An emphasis of this design is to place music within the framework of how music is experienced instead of in a chronological sequence. To that end, the modules include a unit on the music of the Civil Rights movement, with optional material on music for social justice in contemporary America, and the musical contributions of musicians from Alabama. Instructors are encouraged to modify the materials to serve the needs of the students or audience they are serving.