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Music Theory I

TEXTBOOK/SOURCES:Essentials of Music Theory, Books 1 and 2 by Andrew

Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Morton Manus


PURPOSE:The purpose of Music Theory I is to equip students with the ability to use and appreciate music through a thorough understanding of the language of music. Activities in Music Theory I will explore basic elements of music through reading, writing, listening, aural recognition, improvisation and composition.


COURSE OUTCOMES: The student will:

Name, define, and identify the symbol for rhythmic, melodic and harmonic

elements of music being studied.

Read known and unknown rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns of music

with accuracy.

Write known and unknown rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns of music

accurately with correct notation.

Aurally identify rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns of music from known

and unknown patterns.

Listen to and analyze recorded examples of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic

elements of music found in music literature.

Create and improvise rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns of music.

Apply the above skills to basic compositional devices found in music.


Unit One: Notation Basics- Review


The Staff

The Grand Staff

Treble Clef and Bass Clef


Absolute Note Names on Treble and Bass Staves

Ledger Lines

Major Scales and Patterns within as performed from the letter ladder and felt staff.


Unit Two: Rhythm Basics


Notation Symbols: Measure, Bar line, Double Bar, Repeat Sign, First and Second

Endings, Ties, Slurs, Time Signatures, Accent

Rhythmic Elements: Beat, Rhythm, Whole note and rest, half note and rest, dotted

half note, quarter note and rest, eighth note and rest and dotted quarter note.

Meter: simple duple and simple triple

The motive and ostinato as organizing factor in musical form and composition.

Form in music as found in like and unlike phrases.

Major scales and patterns performed from the letter ladder, felt staff and

shorthand notation



Unit Three: Expressive Elements


Dynamics: pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo,

crescendo, diminuendo, decrescendo

Tempo:Largo, Adagio, Andante, Moderato, Allegro, Vivacity, ritardando,

accelerando, a tempo, metronome, metronome marking

Articulation: staccato, accent, szforzando, tenuto, fermata

Notation symbols: Da Capo, Dal Segno, Fine, Coda

Texture: Monophony, Polyphony, Homophony, Monody

Form in music as it appears in question/answer phrases


Unit Four: Altering Pitches


Flats, Sharps and Naturals

Whole Steps, Half Steps and Enharmonic Notes

Augmentation and diminution as compositional devices


Unit Five: Major Scales


Scale Construction as a pattern of whole and half steps

The Major Scale pattern of whole and half steps

Key Signatures

The Sharp Scales and Key Signatures

The Flat Scales and Key Signatures

The Circle of Fifths

The Chromatic Scale

Sight-singing in major keys of G and D Major in solfege and absolute note names.


Unit 6: Intervals


Perfect and Major Intervals (melodic and harmonic)

Minor Intervals (melodic and harmonic)

Augmented and Diminished Intervals (melodic and harmonic)


The sequence as a compositional device.




Unit 7: Intermediate Rhythmic Elements


Sixteenth Notes and Rests

Dotted eight note

Common time

Cut time


Unit 8: More Intermediate Rhythmic Elements


Compound Meter




Retrograde and inversion as compositional devices


Unit 9: Triads



Primary and Major Triads

Scale Degree Names

The Dominant 7thChord

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