Keyboard Skills, Music Theory, Advanced History, Graduate Seminar, Musicianship, Post-Tonal Theory, Research/Composition Project, Major Composer Study, ICIT Thesis Presentation, Creative Music Ensemble Performance, Listening Activities.

February 19, 2024

MUSIC 8 UC – Music Majors Only

MUSIC 10. Piano for Majors. 1 Unit. Develops fundamental keyboard skills including figured bass realization, sight-reading and harmonization. Restricted to Music Majors only.

MUSIC 16A. Music Theory. 4 Units. Review of music fundamentals; triad and seventh chords; musical texture; melodic and harmonic dictation; part-writing and model composition.

MUSIC 183C. Advanced Music History. 4 Units. Examines significant historical, cultural and social dimensions of popular music in the United States since 1900.


MUSIC 16A. Music Theory. 4 Units. Introduction to the practice of analytical methods, modal, tonal, and post-tonal, with applications to repertories from various historical periods.

MUSIC 239. Graduate Seminar. 1-2 Units. Intensive work devoted to researching and writing a master’s thesis under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Restriction: Music Majors only.

In this two-quarter sequence, students gain expertise in a first area of research concentration by undertaking directed reading and writing a paper of near-publishable length and quality on that topic. Restriction: Grad Students Only.


MUSIC 15 is an essential course that introduces students to the fundamental concepts of music. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and activities, students develop musical understanding through the study of music from a variety of historical periods and cultures.

Intensive practice of the piano, with emphasis on sight-reading, transposition, and rhythmic dictation. Restriction: Music Majors only.

Survey of stringed keyboard literature, including historical and formal considerations. Performances by class participants and occasional outside guests. Restriction: Upper-division students only.

Post-tonal theory: harmonic, rhythmic and structural developments since 1900. Analysis and written work examining free atonality, serialism, pandiatonicism, and non-tertian harmonies; chromatic harmony with dominant seventh chords, linear and voice-leading, and diatonic sequence.

The student-devised research/composition project, with faculty guidance, resulting in a formal paper or project. Repeatable up to 6 units. Restriction: Graduate students only. May be taken up to 2 times. MUSIC 239. Thesis Colloquium. 1-2 Units. Students present their thesis projects for discussion and critique. Faculty and visiting scholars also present their work.


MUSIC 41. Study of a Major Composer. 4 Units. Study of the works of a major composer, with attention to their significance in historical and social contexts. The composers selected represent a wide variety of historical periods, nationalities, and stylistic orientations.

ICIT Students Present Thesis Work-in-Progress. 1-2 Units. ICIT graduate students present their thesis work-in-progress for critique and discussion with faculty and visiting artists/scholars. Restriction: Graduate students only.

Impermanence, transient natures and simplistic joys are inspired by ICIT’s CREATIVE MUSIC ENSEMBLE built upon graphism, spontaneity, and CCL (CIPHER CONDUIT LINGUISTICS) in this performance. February 3, 2023 at 8:00 pm.


Students acquire personally meaningful knowledge of music primarily through the activity of listening (with spoken/written language used sparingly and as a supplement to musical experience) to sounds, musical excerpts, and performance-related images without linguistic comment. The activities of listening may be comparative; for example, different performances of the same piece or similar recordings of the same composition are compared.

It is important for listeners to become more alive to music on its sheer musical plane. Music lovers who rely solely on the sensuous plane are depriving themselves of at least half of the pleasure that music can offer them.

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