College of the Redwoods offers three semester-long, three-unit courses in music theory.
Introduction to Music (Music 1) is for students with little or no background in music. Emphasizing recorder playing, clapping exercises, and some basic keyboard instruction, students learn time signatures, rhythm notation, pitch notation in the treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs, the octave designation system, chromatic, whole-tone, major, and minor scales, the circle of fifths, keys, and key signatures.
Beginning Theory and Musicianship (Music 2A) is equivalent to the first-semester music theory course for music majors offered in four-year programs. Topics covered include intervals, triads, part writing with the primary triads in root position and inversion, and simple roman numeral analysis. Throughout the semester there is a good deal of emphasis on ear-training and sight-singing.
Intermediate Harmony and Musicianship (Music 2B) is equivalent to the second-semester music theory course for music majors offered in four-ear programs. Topics covered include secondary triads, non-harmonic tones, seventh chords, and the composition and harmonization of short diatonic melodies. Students continue to work on ear-training and sight-singing.
Both Music 1 and Music 2A meet the general education requirement in humanities for an A.A. or A.S. degree. Music 2B articulates with H.S.U.’s Music 110.
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