Theory I: Materials of Music


In this introductory course, we will study elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, intensity, and timbre; we will see how these elements combine in various musical structures and how those structures communicate. Studies will include notation and ear training, as well as theoretical exercises, rudimentary analyses, and the study of repertoire from various eras of Western music. This course meets twice each week (two 90-minute sessions). Beginning music students in Theory I are not required to take an ensemble; ensemble participation is optional. This course is a prerequisite to the Theory II: Basic Tonal Theory and Composition and Advanced Theory sequence.