Spring 2009

Introduction to Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-11


Klara Moricz (Section 01)


This course is intended for students with little or no background in music who would like to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of how music works. Students will be introduced into the technical details of music such as musical notation, intervals, basic harmony, meter and rhythm. Familiarity with basic music theory will enable students to read and perform at sight as well as to compose melodies with chordal accompaniment. Music analyzed and performed during the course will be drawn primarily from the Western tonal tradition. Assignments will include notational exercises, short papers and preparation of music for classroom performance. This course serves as a requisite for many of the music department offerings. Three class meetings and one lab section per week. Students with some musical experience contemplating Music 11 are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (http://www.amherst.edu/~music/ TheoryPlacement.pdf). <> Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Valentine Professor Moricz.