Music Theory and Composition (MTC)

MTC 125 Basic Music Theory. (3) F, S
For music majors. Designed to develop aural and notational skills. Meets daily.

MTC 221 Music Theory: 18th Century. (3) F, S
Music from the 18th century with a view toward developing students’ abilities to analyze, theorize, perform, and create examples within the style. Development of related aural, visual, and keyboard skills. Prerequisite: MTC 125.

MTC 222 Music Theory: 19th Century. (3) F, S
Musical compositions chosen from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Harmonic progressions, melodic construction, and rhythmic developments; development of related aural, visual, and keyboard skills. Prerequisite: MTC 221.

MTC 223 Music Theory: 20th Century. (3) F, S
Representative 20th-century compositions with particular emphasis on those elements of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic treatment which break with past conventions. Development of related aural, visual, and keyboard skills. Prerequisite: MTC 222.

MTC 315 Modern Arranging. (2) F
Techniques in arranging for the contemporary jazz, radio, television, and studio orchestra. Prerequisite: MTC 223.

MTC 316 Modern Arranging. (2) S
Continuation of MTC 315. Prerequisite: MTC 315.

MTC 320 Modal Counterpoint. (2) F
Counterpoint based on 16th-century vocal polyphonic style. Prerequisite: MTC 221.

MTC 321 Tonal Counterpoint. (2) S
Counterpoint based on 18th-century polyphonic style. Prerequisite: MTC 221.

MTC 323 Composition. (2–3) F, S
Writing music compositions, with emphasis on basic techniques and smaller structures. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

MTC 327 Form and Analysis I. (3) F, S
Organizing elements in the most important contrapuntal and homophonic musical forms from the Renaissance through the 19th century. Prerequisite: MTC 222.

MTC 422 Musical Acoustics. (3) F
Properties of sound and tone. Harmonic series, instruments, the ear, auditorium acoustics, and the reproduction of sound. A thorough knowledge of musical notation, intervals, scales, and harmony, or 2 years of music theory is assumed.

MTC 425 Studies in 20th-Century Theory. (3) F
Continued development of analytical techniques and aural skill, with an examination of theoretical systems applicable to 20th-century music. Prerequisite: MTC 223.

MTC 428 Form and Analysis II. (3) S
Organizing principles of the large forms of musical composition in the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: MTC 327.

MTC 429 Canon and Fugue. (2) F 1999
Writing of canons and fugues in tonal style. Prerequisite: MTC 321.

MTC 430 20th-Century Counterpoint. (2) S 2000
Counterpoint studies utilizing 20th-century idioms. Prerequisite: MTC 223.

MTC 432 Instrumentation. (2) F 2000
Study of the characteristics and performance techniques of individual orchestral instruments. Prerequisite: MTC 223.

MTC 433 Orchestration. (2) S 2001
Theoretical and practical study of scoring music for orchestra. Prerequisite: MTC 432.

MTC 436 Electronic Studio Techniques I. (2) F
Principles of analog electronic music systems and their application in the composition of electronic music. A thorough knowledge of music notation and intervals is assumed.

MTC 437 Electronic Studio Techniques II. (2) S
Principles of digital electronic music systems and their applications in the composition of electronic music. Prerequisite: MTC 436.

MTC 440 Jazz Theory and Ear Training. (2) F
Advanced study of jazz harmonic systems. Daily oral drills. Prerequisite: MTC 223.

MTC 441 Jazz Composition. (2) F
Creative writing in the smaller forms and in the idiom of jazz. Prerequisite: MTC 321.

MTC 495 Final Project. (0) F, S
A half recital of compositions or approval of a large scale composition or a research paper.

MTC 496 Theory Project. (3) F, S
Supervised individual writing project dealing with music theory.

MTC 516 Baroque Music. (3) S 2000
Detailed analysis of selected examples of music from the Baroque period.

MTC 519 Late 19th-/Early 20th-Century Music. (3) F 1999
Detailed analysis of selected examples of music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

MTC 520 Analytical Techniques. (3) S, SS
Analytical techniques systematically applied to music. Concentration on structural and compositional procedures.

MTC 523 Advanced Composition. (2–3) F, S
Advanced music composition, including complex techniques and larger structure. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

MTC 525 Pedagogy of Theory. (3) F 2000
Practices and principles of teaching music theory. Emphasizes most desirable and practical offerings possible. Comparative studies of existing practices.

MTC 527 History of Music Theory. (3) F 1999
Theory from Pythagoras to the 16th century. Need not be taken in sequence with MTC 528.

MTC 528 History of Music Theory. (3) S 2000
Theory from the 17th century to the present. Need not be taken in sequence with MTC 527.

MTC 555 Computer Music Notation. (2) N
Instruction in preparing score and parts of music compositions using various music-notation software packages. Credit cannot be applied toward the graduate theory requirement. Lecture, lab. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

MTC 647 Directions in New Music. (3) N
Studies in contemporary idioms and aesthetics drawn from recent works of visiting composers; involves analytical discourse, critical writing, and applied concepts in composition. Lecture, discussion, exercise. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

MTC 723 Advanced Composition. (3) F, S
Special problems in writing in complex forms and textures. May be repeated for credit. Studio.

MTC 755 Music Composition Technology. (3) N
Advanced study in digital sampling, synthesis, sequencing, computer-generated sound, and computer/performer interfaces. May be repeated for credit. Lecture, lab. Prerequisites: MTC 436 and 437 or equivalents.

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