MUS 069A - Music Fundamentals and Species Counterpoint
May be substituted for MUS 069 as the first required course for music majors in the music theory sequence, and should be taken concurrently with MUS 061 or 061A. It is intended for students who, on the basis of a placement examination, have demonstrated a need for intensive training in music fundamentals beyond that normally covered in MUS 69. It is organized in two parts: 1) an intensive and comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of music theory; 2) training in the writing and analysis of two-part species counterpoint in the manner of Fux. Emphasis is given to the development of a general understanding of fundamental principles of music theory and to the principles of voice leading and melodic structure that is most useful in the study of tonal harmony.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: Corequisite: MUS 061 or 061A or permission of the department. Enrollment limited to music majors or prospective music majors.