Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

ET-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: EAR

Development of basic ear training skills through performance and dictation. Study of melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in major keys. Study of basic rhythms in the most common meters.

ET-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-111
Department Code: EAR

Continuation of ET-111 Ear Training 1. Development of basic ear training skills through performance and dictation. Study of melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in minor keys. Continued study of rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and notation.

ET-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All students not taking ET-231
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-112
Department Code: EAR

Development of ear training skills through performance and dictation. Study of melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in Lydian, Mixolydian, Dorian, and Phrygian modes, mixed modes, and harmonic and melodic minor. Continued study of rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and notation.

ET-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All students not taking ET-232
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-211
Department Code: EAR

Continuation of ET-211. Modal singing and dictation studies. Interval studies, two- and three-part dictation. Basic atonal melodic studies.

ET-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-112
Department Code: EAR

This course focuses on a variety of rhythmic patterns, percussive ostinatos, and melodic repertoire from around the world, with an emphasis on African, Caribbean, and South American traditional and popular music, as well as South Indian classical, Balkan, and Middle Eastern genres. In-class activity includes vocalization and rhythmic externalization exercises based on particular musical examples, general listening and aural analysis, and transcription of selected elements of a musical texture. Students examine music from the perspective of musical cognition, including the potential impact of cultural background on the formation of one's mental representation and the analysis of ambiguous musical structures. Homework assignments entail full or partial transcriptions of rhythmic and melodic elements, as well as exercises involving melodic solfege and rhythmic recitation designed to enhance a student's internal sense of time, pitch, and physical independence through singing or speaking of melody and rhythm in the context of its underlying essential metrical structure.

ET-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-112 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR

This course will work within the limited scope of progressions including simple root position diatonic harmony, inversions, secondary and extended dominants, II-V patterns, and passing diminished chords. Chord voicings containing one tension will also be covered. This course will include several activiites that address application to real music situations.

ET-332

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-331
Department Code: EAR

This course is a continuation of ET-331. Chord progressions will be more intermediate to complex in nature. The concepts of modal interchange harmony, substitute dominants, and modulation will be introduced. Voicings containing multiple tensions and upper structure triads will also be covered. More extensive transcription work of real music will be incorporated.

ET-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-112
Department Code: EAR

Touching on a variety of contemporary styles such as pop/R&B, jazz, fusion, Latin music, and classical genres as resources for weekly in-class analysis, transcription, and solfege exercises, this course enhances theoretical understanding, aural perception, and performance of rhythm in music. Emphasis is placed on accurate and meaningful interpretation and notation of a piece's rhythmic components, e.g., polyrhythmic percussion grooves, syncopated melodic lines, characteristic comping patterns, or large-scale harmonic rhythms. Furthermore, the cognitive process involved in the construction of a resultant metrical perspective will be discussed. Sight-reading and general rhythmic comprehension are challenged through a series of exercises and drills featuring odd-time patterns and polyrhythmic independence between the voice and the body, as well as advanced studies of mixed subdivisions. The intent is to strengthen internal coordination of multiple rhythmic voices, as well as sharpen one's precision and clarity when performing.

ET-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212 or ET-232
Department Code: EAR

Singing and aurally identifying intervals in tonal and nontonal situations. Intended to bridge the gap between relative pitch and hearing by interval alone. Preparation for singing atonal music.

ET-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-411
Department Code: EAR

Continuation of ET-411.

ET-P461

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212 and HR-211
Department Code: EAR

Traditional modes will briefly be reviewed and the basic techniques of practice and performance will be learned. Students will then learn and perform nontraditional/hybrid modes. Examples of modes (please note that each example has alternate names) to be studied include Hungarian Major, Spanish Phrygian, Octatonic, Arabic, Whole Tone, Hindu, Super Locrian, Lydian b7, Japanese, and Hungarian Minor.

PFET-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for brass, woodwind, string, and vibraphone principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass, woodwind, string, and mallet principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 3444 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR

Ear training with an emphasis on practical performance experience. Recognizing pitch, rhythm, harmony, and timbre by ear and responding on the student's instrument in class. Some dictation. Some nonsyllabic sight-singing.

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