Music Theory CFO 1
Number of course weeks
One 200-minute class per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the Bachelor's course.
- their audiation (musical imagination) through a systematic approach;
- their insight into the building blocks, structures, manifestations and theoretical models of music in various styles;
- a scientific, inquisitive attitude towards music;
In addition, students learn how to apply their knowledge and skills in practice, both actively and passively, in some cases at call.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the modules Music History, Harmony at the Piano and Rhythm Lab. It also indirectly complements the performance modules.
Lessons are comprised of two parts:
- a warm-up aimed at training the students´ audiation and ready knowledge of elementary musical structures.
- the study of music, involving both analysis and creation.
Students are strongly encouraged to contribute study materials related to their own musical activities, though the instructor has the final word on which topics will be discussed. The instructor aims to design an adequately balanced, comprehensive, and challenging lesson curriculum.
As such, a limited number of relevant aspects will be treated:
Analysis of a representative selection of materials mainly from the pop, rock, jazz, fusion, Latin and folk domains.
Common composition forms and their components.
- analysis of basic functional and modal harmony;
- harmonic vocabulary (modal interchange, Neapolitan chord, deceptive cadences, etc);
- notating three, four and five-part voicings with different approaches;
- recognizing and notating basic harmonic progressions by ear;
- harmonizing a simple melody.
Melody and rhythm:
- elementary melodic/rhythmic analysis (scales and modes, intervals);
- singing basic notated fragments;
- transcribing basic demonstrated fragments;
- reproducing scales, chords and chord tones and basic melodic elements through singing while naming each note.
Study of the most common jazz & pop instruments with regards to tone, construction and physical properties, playing, notation, range and transposition.
Mastering both the reading and writing of musical notation, including style-specific conventions.
Discussing musical/acoustic topics such as tuning, harmonics, timbre, frequency and spectrum.
Studying musical vocabulary in various languages.
In addition to the three modes of instruction (group discussion, lectures and exercises/training), students are expected to do various homework assignments.
Mode(s) of instruction
Virtual classroom video conference with audio where max four students in four different locations and one instructor in another location, communicate by seeing each other, talking and listening to each other equally. The Instructor has access to a whiteboard, application sharing, desktop sharing and document sharing and may hand this privileges to any participants of the conference.
Apart from the video conference a high quality stereo audio stream is open at the same time via source connect. That way students and instructor can listen to music from any source of the group and talk about it simultaneously. Individual lessons where deemed necessary by the instructor.
To support the lessons video tutorial about the core information of the topics might be provided.
Due to more complex theoretical topics larger video conferences with more than four students will be provided. These classes have lecture character. All lectures are recorded and though available for students later on.
Material & Tools
Materials chosen by the students, complemented by materials by the instructor(s).
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
An oral and a written exam at the end of both semesters.
Students demonstrate that they have mastered the materials and skills pertaining to the topics listed under Content.
The final grade is calculated as follows:
Aural Skills exams AND Harmony exam AND General Music Theory exam are graded each with 5.5 or higher.
In addition, the Aural Skills final marks may contain one partial grade (for melody, harmony or rhythm) lower than 5.5, but not lower than 4.5.
The exam at the end of the fall semester is formative and designed by the instructor and may therefore vary from group to group. It indicates a student's progress in this module. The exam at the end of the spring semester is summative and co-designed by all of the instructors and therefore identical in contents and grading for all students. The oral part of the final exam is assessed by at least two instructors.
The audition will only be valid if carried out without interruption. The chairman decides wether or not the audition is carried out validly.
This module is intended to train and develop students' audiation (musical imagination).
They will also study fundamental musical building blocks and apply theoretical concepts, both in studying existing music and in creating original material or improvising.