Music Theory and Composition (MTC)

College of Arts and Humanities

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MTC 101. Music Matters. 3 Credits.

Why is music one of the few cross-cultural universals? Why don't other species have music? This course considers why we invest so much time and money in creating and listening to music by exploring specific topics such as psychoacoustics, emotional responses to music, creativity, how music reflects and influences culture, music's role in shaping personal identity, how music contributes to movies, and music's potential as a therapeutic agent. We will listen to a diverse array of music ranging from Bach to the Beatles, to jazz, to music from India, Cuba, and other cultures around the world.
Gen Ed Attribute: Interdisciplinary Requirement.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 110. Making Music. 3 Credits.

A study of basic elements of music for those without previous musical experience. For nonmusic majors only.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 111. The Developing Musician. 3 Credits.

A continuation of MTC 110, this course further explores music fundamentals, focusing on refining listening skills, examining creative approaches, and investigating diverse musical forms.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 111 requires prerequisite of MTC 110.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 112. Theory of Music I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to music theory, the materials of music. Analysis and creative activity.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 113. Theory of Music II. 3 Credits.

Form; motive; cadence; phrase; melody. Analysis and creative activity.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 114. Aural Activities I. 2 Credits.

Development of basic hearing skills, chiefly through sight singing and dictation activities based on the subject matter of MTC 112.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 114 requires co-requisite of MTC 112.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 115. Aural Activities II. 2 Credits.

Continued development of basic hearing skills.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 115 requires prerequisites of MTC 112 and MTC 114.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 171. Popular Music Songwriting/Recording. 3 Credits.

Analysis and composition of recent popular music; introduction to recording and editing techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 171 requires prerequisite of MTC 113.

MTC 212. Theory of Music III. 3 Credits.

Harmony and counterpoint; dissonance; voice motion; harmonic progression; modulation; texture. Analysis and creative activity. PREREQ: MTC113, with a grade of C- or better.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 212 requires a prerequisite of MTC 113.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 213. Theory of Music IV. 3 Credits.

In depth analysis of specific styles, genres, and forms; compositional style studies.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 213 requires a prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 214. Aural Activities III. 2 Credits.

Material of advanced difficulty involving chromatic alteration, foreign modulation, and intricate rhythms.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 214 requires prerequisite of MTC 113 and MTC 115 or co-requisite of MTC 113 and MTC 115.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 215. Aural Activities IV. 2 Credits.

Continuation of MTC 214 and activities involving nontonal music.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 215 requires prerequisites of MTC 212 and MTC 214.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 271. Scoring for Film and Television. 3 Credits.

Techniques used in composing, orchestrating, mixing, and recording music for the film and television industry. Use of sequencing software and sample libraries to write production-quality cues synchronized to film clips.

MTC 312. Composition I. 3 Credits.

Creative writing in the forms, styles, and media best suited to the capabilities and needs of the student.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 312 requires a prerequisite of MTC 112.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 313. Composition II. 3 Credits.

Further application of MTC 312, stressing contemporary techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 313 requires prerequisite of MTC 312.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 341. Orchestration. 3 Credits.

The orchestra; use of instruments individually and in combination.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 341 requires a prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 342. Music Analysis. 3 Credits.

An overview of major trends in music analysis applied to a variety of musical styles. Addresses how analysis informs composition, performance, scholarship and pedagogy.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 342 requires a prerequisite of MTC 212.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 344. 16th Century Counterpoint. 3 Credits.

The contrapuntal techniques of tonal music. Chorale prelude and invention.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 344 requires prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 345. 18th Century Counterpoint. 3 Credits.

Advanced contrapuntal forms including canon and fugue.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 345 requires prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 361. Jazz Harmony and Arranging I. 3 Credits.

A basic course in jazz/popular harmony and arranging techniques, including contemporary chord symbols and terminology, and basic voicing for brass, reed, and rhythm sections.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 362. Jazz Harmony and Arranging II. 3 Credits.

An intermediate course in jazz/popular harmony and arranging techniques, including more advanced harmonic techniques. Writing for strings, woodwinds, and electronic instruments is introduced.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 364. Performance Practices in Contemporary Music. 3 Credits.

Technical problems of understanding new notation (e.g., graphic, proportional, multiphonics, microtones, metric modulation, asymmetrical rhythm groupings, prose scores, etc.) and facility in performing scores that include these techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 364 requires prerequisite of MTC 213.

MTC 412. Composition III. 3 Credits.

Private composition instruction for composition majors.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 412 requires prerequisite of MTC 313.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 413. Composition IV. 3 Credits.

Advanced composition involving major projects in a contemporary idiom.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 413 requires prerequisite of MTC 412.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 417. Computer Music I. 3 Credits.

Materials and techniques of electronic music and their use in composition. Laboratory experience in the composition of electronic music.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 417 requires a prerequisite of MTC 312.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 418. Composition V. 3 Credits.

Advanced composition lessons for theory/composition majors.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 418 requires a prerequisite of MTC 413.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 479. Music Theory/Composition Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

Special topics seminar designed to meet specific needs of undergraduate music majors.
Repeatable for Credit.

MTC 481. Independent Study. 1 Credit.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Repeatable for Credit.

MTC 485. Senior Thesis I. 3 Credits.

Private instruction and preparation of music theory senior thesis.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 486. Senior Thesis II. 3 Credits.

Private instruction and further preparation of music theory senior thesis.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 487. Senior Recital Preparation I. 3 Credits.

Private composition instruction and preparation for senior composition recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 488. Senior Recital Preparation II. 3 Credits.

Private composition instruction and further preparation for senior composition recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC Q14. Basic Ear Training and Sight Singing. 2 Credits.

A preparatory course for music majors emphasizing basic aural perception and sight-singing skills needed for effective music study. A final grade of C or better is a prerequisite for taking MTC 114. Please note: This is a developmental course and the credits do not count towards degree completion.
Typically offered in Fall.