This course builds on the topics of AH Introduction to Music Theory. It studies the theory of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and expands on the topics dealt with in the 100-level course. Its four main elements are (1) analysis, (2) studies of the sources of western music theory (3) harmony and counterpoint, and (4) notation (including mensural notation and tablature).
In this course, students will apply their knowledge and understanding of western music theory (including its notation, keys, intervals, scales, etc., as well as the basics of harmony and voice leading) in written work. AH MUSC 202 will go beyond the textbooks and students will be encouraged to study original sources critically. The course aims high and looks for an integrated approach, combining a critical understanding of music theory with its application in performance.
The course and the course materials used will link each of the issues that comprise a tonal theory curriculum, explicitly and critically connecting written theory (writing and analysis), skills (singing, playing, and dictation), and music-making outside the theory class.
Selected works from the history of western music will be analysed. The course will also provide an overview over important sources related to the development of harmony, counterpoint, musical forms, aesthetics, and performance. During the entire course students will further deepen their skills by means of weekly tests and assignments.
AH MUSC 202 Intermediate Music Theory. Course Manual 2020-1.pdfAH MUSC 202 Intermediate Music Theory. Course Manual 2020-1.pdf