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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Music Theory or History

Essential competencies for a concentration in Music History are similar to those in Applied Music but with less emphasis on music-making (performance, conducting, composition, etc.) and more on the study of music through intellectual modes of inquiry. A minimum level of competency in musicianship is expected.

Note: Concentrations in Music Theory must include at least 6 upper-level credits from 3a below. Concentrations in Music History must include at least 6 upper-level credits from 3b below.

Concentration Requirements:

1. Music Theory Concentration: four (4) courses of three credits each1

Applicable courses may have different names such as Theory, Musicianship, Harmony, Musical Structure, etc. Accredited music programs typically have a four-semester core sequence of such courses intended for students with a major or concentration in Music. The central, though not necessarily the sole objective of this sequence is to become proficient with the materials, procedures and syntax of common-practice tonal music in Western culture.

It is expected that aural skills training (e.g., sight singing, dictation, etc.) will be included in these twelve credits. Some institutions offer aural skills as a separate, parallel course sequence, and such courses may need to be incorporated here if those skills are not integrated within the Theory sequence.

12 cr lower level

2. Music History Concentration: two (2) courses of three credits each2

Applicable courses are those that focus on a survey of music history and literature from different style periods. Accredited music programs typically have a two- or three-semester sequence of such courses beginning at the sophomore level intended for students with a major or concentration in Music. One course on a topic outside the Western classical tradition (music of non-Western cultures, jazz or popular music, etc.) may be included here.

6 cr lower level

3. Additional Courses in Music3

Choose from the following:

  • Music Theory (Form and Analysis; Counterpoint; Theory and Analysis of the 20th century Music; other topics in Theory or Analysis)
  • Music History (History or Literature courses dealing with composers, periods, or genres, interdisciplinary courses in which Music is an integral component)
  • Orchestration or Arranging; Composition; Applied Music; Ensemble Performance. 4
15 cr (12 upper level)

4. Capstone

3cr

1 Beginning music-reading and materials courses (e.g., "Fundamentals") intended for students with no prior background in music may be taken as a prerequisite preparation for theory courses but may not be included among the 12 credits.

2 Introductory literature courses (e.g., Music Appreciation, Introduction to Music, etc.) intended for students with no prior background in music may be taken as prerequisite preparation for History courses but may not be included among the 6 credits.

3 Concentrations in Music Theory must include at least 6 upper-level credits from 3a. Concentrations in Music History must include at least 6 upper-level credits from 3b.

4 No more than 6 of these 15 credits may be from Composition or Applied Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Music History will be able to:

  1. read music scores and demonstration functional keyboard skills, aural skills training and performance studies at a basic level;
  2. investigate and compare music literature, genres, composers and performance practices within the cultural contexts of various historical periods and geographic regions; and
  3. present research, including independent findings and interpretations, in a style appropriate to the discipline.