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Composition and Theory (MUTH) Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

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MUTH 1129 (1). MUSICIANSHIP I.
Beginning studies in solfege, melodic, and harmonic dictation. Corequisite: MUTH 1229.

MUTH 1130 (1). MUSICIANSHIP II.
Continuation of MUTH 1129 covering solfege, melodic, and harmonic dictation. Prerequisites: MUTH 1129, 1229. Corequisite: MUTH 1230.

MUTH 1229 (2). MUSIC THEORY I.
Covers rudiments (notation, clefs, key signatures, intervals, scales, and modes), diatonic and chromatic harmony, figured bass, part-writing, and analysis. Corequisite: MUTH 1129.

MUTH 1230 (2). MUSIC THEORY II.
Continuation of MUTH 1229 covering diatonic and chromatic harmony, figured bass, part-writing, and analysis. Prerequisites:MUTH 1129, 1229. Corequisite: MUTH 1130.

MUTH 1301 (3). MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS.
Covers the recognition, basic aural realization, and use and writing of the fundamental elements of tonal music, including pitch, rhythm, meter, chords, scales, key signatures, melody, and harmony. Lecture and discussion, with in-class application through rhythmic reading and singing. Appropriate for all students except music majors.

MUTH 1325 (3). INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION STUDIES.
Provides a survey of historical and contemporary compositional skills and practices via projects and study of the literature. Also serves as an introduction to the faculty, each of whom directs sessions during the term. Required course during the first term of composition studies prior to private study. Prerequisite: Composition major or instructor consent.

MUTH 2129 (1). MUSICIANSHIP III.
Continuation of MUTH 1130 covering solfege, melodic, and harmonic dictation employing chromaticism and 20th-century materials. Prerequisites: MUTH 1130, 1230. Corequisite: MUTH 2229.

MUTH 2130 (1). MUSICIANSHIP IV.
Continuation of MUTH 2129, covering solfeggio, melodic, and harmonic dictation employing chromaticism and 20th-century materials. Prerequisites: MUTH 2129, 2229. Corequisite: MUTH 2230.

MUTH 2229 (2). MUSIC THEORY III.
Continuation of MUTH 1230 covering repertoire from the 19th century to the present. Emphasis on traditional harmonization exercises, beginning studies in musical form, and introduction to current analytical methods. Prerequisites: MUTH 1130, 1230. Corequisite: MUTH 2129.

MUTH 2230 (2). MUSIC THEORY IV.
Continuation of MUTH 2229 covering repertoire from the 19th century to the present. Emphasis on traditional harmonization exercises, musical form, and current analytical methods. Prerequisites: MUTH 2129, 2229. Corequisite: MUTH 2130.

MUTH 3117 (1). SONGWRITING LABORATORY.
Guided work-shopping of songs through group sharing and comprehensive application of information provided in MUTH 3217. Corequisite: MUTH 3217 or permission of instructor.

MUTH 3200 (2). PRIVATE COMPOSITION.
Individual study with the composition faculty and regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and visiting guests. Prerequisite: Admission to the composition degree program.

MUTH 3217 (2). SONGWRITING.
Development of songwriting knowledge and skills, including essential components of a song, basic song forms, multiple approaches to starting and completing songs, recording basics, and related aspects of music law. Corequisite: MUTH 3117.

MUTH 3300 (3). PRIVATE COMPOSITION.
Individual study with the composition faculty and regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and visiting guests. Prerequisite: Admission to the composition degree program.

MUTH 3350 (3). FORM AND ANALYSIS.
Study of musical form within a wide range of styles. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230.

MUTH 4184 (1). DIRECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC THEORY.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUTH 4190 (1). DIRECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC COMPOSITION.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite:Instructor approval.

MUTH 4202 (2). SEMINAR IN MUSIC THEORY.
Advanced analytical study of music in a selected style or genre, or by a particular composer or group of composers. Fulfills upperdivision MUTH requirements. Repeatable. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230.

MUTH 4284 (2). DIRECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC THEORY.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUTH 4290 (2). DIRECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC COMPOSITION.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite:Instructor approval.

MUTH 4300 (3). ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC.
Detailed analysis of recent music written in a variety of styles and using diverse techniques. Explores early 20th-century antecedents of more recent music. Analysis and discussion are supported by readings from theoretical articles and composers’ writings. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230.

MUTH 4310 (3). INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC.
Covers historical and emerging concepts and techniques of composing, performing, and listening to fixed and interactive electro-acoustic music via lectures and laboratory projects. Includes basic acoustics and the history and literature of electronically generated music. Also, hardware and software tools for the generation, processing, and reproduction of musical sound. Students complete individual and collaborative projects, applying their studies to the recording, creation, and performance of fixed and real-time interactive, creative projects. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130 and 2230, or consent of instructor.

MUTH 4311 (3). ADVANCED TOPICS IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY.
Advanced investigation into a variety of topics in electro-acoustic music and technology-related musical art forms. Topics vary and may include film music, MIDIstration, real-time interactive performance using Max/MSP/Jitter, algorithmic composition, and technology-related interdisciplinary collaboration. Repeatable. Prerequisite: MUTH 4310/6310, MSA 3310, or permission of instructor.

MUTH 4384 (3). DIRECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC THEORY.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Music 557

MUTH 4390 (3). DIRECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC COMPOSITION.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite:Instructor approval.

MUTH 5000 (0). COMPOSITION SEMINAR.
Topics of common interest to all composers are presented and discussed by composition faculty, current students, and guest artists. Required each term of composition study.

MUTH 5130 (1). COLLABORATIVE COMPOSITION.
Students collaborate with artists in other disciplines on composition projects. Meadows disciplines rotate periodically.

MUTH 5150 (1). ADVANCED MUSICIANSHIP.
Develops musicianship skills beyond the level attained in the undergraduate core musicianship courses. Includes sight reading and improvisation studies in a range of musical styles for both voice and instruments, advanced melodic and harmonic dictation exercises, aural analysis of musical examples from a wide range of style periods, and the use of the keyboard to support the continued development of skills. Repeatable for credit. Instructor consent required. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230 for undergraduate students, or a passing score for the Graduate Music Theory Diagnostic Exam or for MUTH 6023, 6124, and 6125 for graduate students.

MUTH 5250 (2). ADVANCED MUSICIANSHIP.
Develops musicianship skills beyond the level attained in the undergraduate core musicianship courses. Includes sight reading and improvisation studies in a range of musical styles for both voice and instruments, advanced melodic and harmonic dictation exercises, aural analysis of musical examples from a wide range of style periods, and the use of the keyboard to support the continued development of skills. Repeatable for credit. Instructor consent required. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230 for undergraduate students, or a passing score for the Graduate Music Theory Diagnostic Exam or for MUTH 6023, 6124, and 6125 for graduate students.

MUTH 5325 (3). CLASS COMPOSITION.
A composition course for noncomposition majors. Topics include notational practices; contemporary and traditional approaches to composition through study of model works from the literature; in-class presentation, reading, and critique of projects; and professional standards for the creation and distribution of scores, parts, and recordings of compositions and arrangements. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230 or permission of instructor. Restricted to music majors.

MUTH 5330 (3). INSTRUMENTATION AND ARRANGING.
An overview of the ranges and performing characteristics of orchestral and band instruments and vocalists, with practical application via scoring and arranging for a variety of small instrumental and vocal ensembles. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230.

MUTH 5360 (3). ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION.
Explores advanced techniques of orchestration through a series of scoring projects for a variety of ensembles.Prerequisite: MUTH 5330 or permission of instructor.

MUTH 5370 (3). SURVEY OF COUNTERPOINT.
Through exercises in analysis and composition, this course provides a study of contrapuntal techniques from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, with emphasis on traditional modal and tonal styles. Prerequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230.

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