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Details for Incoming Music Majors

Dear Incoming and Current BA, BS and BMus Music Students, 

MUCT 111 Music Theory 1A, and the accompanying MUCT 111L Aural Skills Lab, are the first of six quarters of formal musicianship and theory studies required of all music majors.  Because the first quarter moves very quickly through a review of fundamentals in the opening weeks of the course, it is extremely important for you to be fluent in music fundamentals – the building blocks of the language of music.  This means being at ease in recognizing pitch in melodic and harmonic configurations, as well as in metric and rhythmic context.

Because we want you to succeed from the beginning of your studies, please consider which of the options below aligns best with your background, and plan on following through with one of them.

Option 1:  The Department offers a web-based course called “Breezin’ Thru Theory” which can be accessed by any computer, anywhere, and at any time (with an internet connection of course).  You may work at your own pace, though you will want to have completed the course at least one week prior to the start of fall quarter.  The time you spend on exercises and your progress is monitored by an online grade book built into the program, and will be accessed and monitored by a faculty member.  If you encounter problems or need clarification of the materials, you may request feedback and ask questions any time via email.

Option 2:  Enroll in MUCT 105 – Introduction to Music Theory.  This is a 3-unit course that does not apply toward the music major.  Please be aware that because this course is also offered in the fall, you will not be able to enroll in MUCT 111 until the following year.

Option 3:  If you have had AP music theory courses, or something similar (e.g., Certificate of Merit in private study), you may challenge the above options by successfully passing the department’s Music Theory Placement Test.  The test will be offered in the week prior to the start of the fall quarter.  It consists of timed written and aural responses dealing with pitch fundamentals (naming pitches in different clefs, major and minor key signatures and scales, interval size and quality, triads, and seventh chords) basic Roman Numeral analytical symbols, and the notation and recognition of rhythms in simple and compound meters.

If you have any questions, and for getting started with the online program, please contact:


Dr. Kenneth Narducci, DMA

Director, Theory and Musicianship Studies


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