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Music Theory Courses (MT)

MT101 – Music Theory 101 (Basics of Music Theory) MT101SP – Music Theory taught in Spanish (Basics of Music Theory) Recommended for: Any interested in the basics of music and/or learning how to teach music to a congregation Required for: All first year students (A student may test out of this class) Description: The basics necessary to read music are covered Goal: To equip the student with the basics of music as it pertains to church music Topics:
  1. Elements of sound and songs
  2. Absolute pitch notation
  3. Pitch modification
  4. Development of scales
  5. Relative pitch notation
  6. Chromatic scale
  7. Note length notation
  8. Rhythm
  9. Repeats and endings
  10. Volume and tempo notation
 
MT201 – Music Theory 201 (Harmony 1, An Introduction to Harmony) Recommended for: Any interested in the basics of music harmony theory Required for: All second year students or students that test out of Music Theory 101 (A student may test out of this class) Description: Introduction to the theory and use of chords in church music Goal: To equip the student with knowledge and use of the primary major chords Topics:
  1. Review of Music Theory 101 material
  2. Major diatonic scale
  3. Intervals
  4. Chords of the major keys
  5. Use of the Tonic, Dominant, and Sub-dominant chords
  6. Dominant seventh chord
  7. Inversions
  8. Passing and neighboring tones
 
MT301 – Music Theory 301 (Harmony 2) Recommended for: Any interested in the basics of music harmony theory Required for: All third year students not in certification tracks or students that test out of Music Theory 201 Description: A continuation of harmony theory through altered chords Goal: To equip the student with knowledge and use of the primary and secondary chords Topics:
  1. Review of Music Theory 201 material
  2. Figured bass notation
  3. Secondary chords
  4. Other seventy and ninth chords of the major keys
  5. Cadences
  6. Altered chords
 
MT401 – Music Theory 401 (Harmony 3) Recommended for: Any interested in advanced church music theory Required for: All fourth year students not in certification tracks Description: A continuation of harmony theory Goal: To further equip the student with knowledge and use of advanced techniques with chords and progressions Topics:
  1. Shaped notes and solphege in the chromatic scale
  2. Intervals based on size and quality
  3. Major and Harmonic Minor scales
  4. Construction, recognition, and use of triads and 4-tone chords
  5. Non-harmonic tones
  6. Structure of musical phrases
  7. Chord progression using both major and minor triads
  8. Concepts of regression and neutral tonic chord
  9. Using dominant-function chords for modulation
  10. Various types of augmented 6th chords