(MUTC) MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Randal Rushing, D.M.A., Director
Room 123B, Music Building
Placement in the Music Theory sequence for undergraduates will be determined through
examination. NOTE: Courses in Composition and Electronic Music may be repeated for
credit but not for the purpose of improving the grade originally earned.
In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics
MUTC 4260-69. Special Topics in Theory and Composition. (1-3). Topics are varied and announced in online class listing.
MUTC 1001 - Basic Music Theory (3)
For students who plan to major in music but do not meet minimum standards for MUTC 1008. Not allowable as credit toward the satisfaction of requirements for the major or minor. Two laboratory hours per week.
MUTC 1008 - Music Theory I (3)
Fundamentals of pitch and rhythmic notation; scales, intervals, diatonic, triads, and seventh chords in major and minor keys; principles of voice leading and harmonic progressions; Roman numeral and lead sheet notation. (F). PREREQUISITE: Theory placement exam and permission of department.
MUTC 1009 - Music Theory II (3)
Cadences, phrases and periods; nonchord tones, four-voice part writing with diatonic seventh chords; secondary functions. (SP). PREREQUISITE: completion of MUTC 1008 with a grade of C- or better.
MUTC 1010 - Aural Theory I (1)
Practice of harmonic and melodic intervals to the perfect fifth; rhythmic performance and dictation in simple meters, with division of two through eight to the beat; reading of treble and bass clefs using fixed-Do solfege; one-part melodic dictation. (F). PREREQUSITE: theory placement exam and permission of department.
MUTC 1011 - Aural Theory II (1)
Practice of harmonic and melodic intervals to the octave; rhythmic performance and dictation in simple and compound meters, with division of two through eight to the beat; one-part melodic dictation and qualities of triads; simple harmonic dictations. (SP). PREREQUISITE: completion of MUTC 1010 with a grade of C- or better.
MUTC 2008 - Music Theory III (3)
Modulations; classical forms, mode mixture, augmented sixth chords, extended tertian chords and late 19th century tonality. (F). PREREQUISITE: completion of MUTC 1009 with a grade of C- or better.
MUTC 2010 - Aural Theory III (1)
Reading in treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs; playing and singing simultaneously using two or three of the four clefs; singing triads and dominant sevenths in all inversions up and down; harmonic dictations with inversions; continued rhythmic study. (F). PREREQUISITE: completion of MUTC 1011 with a grade of C- or better.
MUTC 2103 - Theory Jazz/Pop/Commercial I (3)
Basic harmonic structures, chord symbol realization, altered scales and modes, altered and extended chords, notation, articulation, rhythmic patterns; analysis of written and recorded jazz and pop music; transcription of recorded materials. Three lecture hours, one laboratory hour per week. (F). PREREQUISITE: MUTC 1009, MUAP 1116.
MUTC 2501 - Composition (1-3)
Class instruction in free composition; emphasis on smaller forms. May be repeated for additional credit. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 1008. NOTE: Composition taught as applied music. Students receive the equivalent of one hour lesson per week. Fee for this instruction is $320 per semester.
MUTC 2502 - Composition (1-3)
Works for piano, voice, chorus, and small ensembles; study of style and analysis of works from music literature. May be repeated for additional credit. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2501 or permission of instructor. NOTE: Composition is taught as applied music. Students receive equivalent of one hour lesson per week. Fee for this instruction is $320.00 per semester.
MUTC 2503 - Comp/Arrange Jazz/Commercial I (2)
Emphasis on small instrumental and vocal works, basic style and form. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2501, or permission of instructor. FEE: $320.
MUTC 2504 - Comp/Arrange Jazz/Commrcial II (2)
Emphasis on stage and jazz band arranging techniques. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2503, or permission of instructor. FEE: $320.
MUTC 2511 - Electronic Music I (2)
Concepts of electronic music including synthesizer operation, MIDI sequencing, and sampling. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2008 or permission of instructor. FEE: $320.
MUTC 3008 - Music Theory IV (3)
Introduction and use of 20th century materials and techniques; post-tonal theory; indeterminacy, minimalism, electronic and computer music. (SP). PREREQUISITE: completion of MUTC 2008 with a grade of C- or better.
MUTC 3009 - Aural Theory IV (1)
Reading in treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs; playing and singing simultaneously using two or three of the four clefs; identification of isolated triads and dominant sevenths in four parts and identification of triads in root position and inversions in traditional harmonic progressions; two-part melodic dictation in various clefs with implied harmony; further rhythmic study, including basic polyrhythms. (SP). PREREQUISITE: completion of MUTC 2010 with a grade of C- or better.
MUTC 3010 - Aural Theory V (1)
Aural exploration of basic forms, cadences and styles of music; detailed aural analysis of modulatory elements within a piece. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3008, 3009. (F). (S/U)
MUTC 3101 - Orchestration (3)
Basic study of instruments of orchestra and band, terminology and techniques pertaining to that study; practical application by scoring for small and large instrumental combinations (F) PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3008, 3009, or permission of instructor.
MUTC 3102 - Analysis of Tonal Music (3)
Advanced theoretical analysis of large-scale compositions from late Medieval through early Classic periods; in-depth study of stylistic characteristics and theoretical techniques used in pieces studied PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3008, 3009. (F-even years)
MUTC 3109 - Analysis of Post-Tonal Music (3)
Advanced theoretical analysis of large-scale compositions from late Classic period through very recent works in last decade of twentieth century; in-depth study of stylistic characteristics and theoretical techniques used in pieces studied. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3008, 3009. (SP-odd years)
MUTC 3201 - Jazz Arrange/Orchestration (3)
Arranging/orchestration for small to large ensembles in jazz and commercial music styles; idiomatic problems with vocalists, rhythm, electronic, wind, and string instruments in various jazz styles. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2103.
MUTC 3501 - Comp/Arrang/Jazz/Comrcial III (2)
Individual instruction for mixed ensembles and studio groups in various jazz and studio styles, standard and extended forms; introduction to line writing. May be repeated for additional credit. NOTE: Composition is taught as applied music. Students receive the equivalent of one hour lesson per week. Fee for this instruction is $320.00 per semester. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2504, or permission of instructor.
MUTC 3702 - Theory/Musicianship II (3)
An advanced analysis of music in the popular music world which includes writing, reading, and ear training. NOTE: this course does not fulfill the requirements for the Music Industry major (B.M.) or the Music Business or Recording Technology concentrations.
MUTC 3825 - Material/Techniques Improv I (3)
Development of improvisation skills on solo instruments or voice; basic chord patterns, scales, arpeggios; performance with rhythm section. (F). PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.
MUTC 3826 - Material/Techniques Improv II (3)
Analysis of melodic structures; motivic fragmentation and sequencing; extended harmonic structures, performance in small combo settings. (F). PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3825, or permission of instructor.
MUTC 3827 - Material/Techniques Improv III (3)
Analysis and performance of music in standard styles, including bebop, Latin, fusion, and jazz/rock; contemporary mainstream, pan-chromatic, and free-form improvisation; performance with combos and large jazz ensembles. (F). PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3826, or permission of instructor.
MUTC 4106 - Composition Procsses 20th Cent (3)
Analysis and imitative writing of major composers of the twentieth century, from Debussy through the present. (SP-even years)
MUTC 4202 - Music Theory Review (3)
Advanced course in theory, counterpoint, and analysis of literature. Contrapuntal and harmonic techniques. Research; theoretical problems from pedagogical point of view; writing in strict and free styles. Recommended as review course for graduate students. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor. (F)
MUTC 4204 - Indiv Study Music Theory/Comp (1-3)
Directed individual study in selected areas of music theory and composition chosen in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for credit but not for the purpose of changing a grade.
MUTC 4205 - 16th Cent Counterpoint (2)
Study of contrapuntal techniques of the sixteenth century. (SP-odd years)
MUTC 4206 - 18th Cent Counterpoint (2)
Study of contrapuntal techniques of the eighteenth century. (SP - even years)
MUTC 4209 - Advanced Orchestration (3)
Continuation of MUTC 3101. Orchestration of works from nineteenth and twentieth centuries for full orchestra; study of representative orchestral scores from romantic and contemporary periods. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3101.
MUTC 4263 - Mid-Classic Symphony Analysis (3)
A comparison of well-known composers with lesser known composers who were working at the same time. Comparisons will focus on basic compositional competence, quality of work, and the reasons for the qualitative difference. Focus will be on the specific musical/technical procedures that influence the quality of music, and the attempt to discover, specifically, why the three major composters of this era are so revered.
MUTC 4501 - Composition (3)
Composition in varied forms for large and small ensembles and solo instruments; analysis of contemporary works and practical application of techniques. May be repeated for additional credit. NOTE: Composition taught as applied music. Students receive equivalent of one hour lesson per week. Fee for this instruction is $320.00 per semester. PREREQUISITE: recommendation of upper division examining committee.
MUTC 4502 - Comp For Non-Comp Major (3)
Class instruction in free composition for students not majoring in composition. Practical experience in idea generation, form, development, and instrumentation. NOTE: Composition taught as applied music. Students receive equivalent of one hour lesson per week. Fee for this instruction is $320 per semester. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3008.
MUTC 4503 - Comp/Arrange Jazz/Commrcial IV (3)
Individual instruction with emphasis on advanced line writing, fusion and contemporary mainstream styles, writing for full studio orchestra. May be repeated for additional credit. NOTE: Composition is taught as applied music. Students receive the equivalent of one hour lesson per week. Fee for this instruction is $320.00 per semester. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 3501, or permission of instructor.
MUTC 4504 - Intro Film/Video Score (3)
Basic problems of writing music for film and video: commercial and industrial productions, shorts and full length features, selection of appropriate styles, creating a master music list, writing from a cue sheet; introduction to editing room equipment: conversion of film frames to video, use of SMPTE time code and synchronization equipment, MIDI sequencer scoring from a digital audio workstation; project assignments in film and video formats. (Offered alternate years). PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2511, MUTC 3501, and either MUID 3801 or MUTC 4511 or 4505, or permission of instructor.
MUTC 4511 - Electronic Music II (2)
Concepts of electronic music including synthesizer operation, MIDI sequencing, and sampling. Course includes basic instruction in MaxMSP. The two hours credit earned from this course may be used as composition credit toward the composition concentration. FEE: $320. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 2008 or permission of instructor.
MUTC 4512 - Electronic Music III (2)
Continuation of MUTC 4511. Emphasis on individual compositional projects. May be repeated for credit, but only two hours may be used as composition credit in composition concentration. FEE: $320. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 4511.
MUTC 4599 - Senior Composition Recital (4)
Integration course for which students prepare and present a concert of their music and an accompanying descriptive paper. Taught as applied music, individual instruction. PREREQUISITE: a minimum of 4 hours in MUTC 4501 and permission of the instructor.
MUTC 4896 - Sr Prj Jazz Studio/Comp Arrang (4)
Project must include original compositions and original arrangements of existing compositions in a variety of styles. Project should include live performance, recorded album tracks, and film music. PREREQUISITE: MUTC 4503, 4504, or permission of instructor.
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