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MUSC 204: Theory II: Musical Structures

An investigation into the nature of musical sounds and the way they are combined to form rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and form. Topics include the nature of musical pitch, the structure of musical scales and their influence on melody, what gives rise to a sense of tonality, the complexity of rhythmic patterns, and the architecture of musical form. Student work includes building a musical instrument, programming a drum machine, writing computer code to create harmonies and timbres, and an extended music analysis project using empirical methods. Prerequisite: Music 101, or permission of the instructor as assessed by a diagnostic exam administered at the start of the term
6 credits; LA, WR2, QRE; Offered Spring 2024; J. London