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 A&H 196 - Introduction to Music Theory


This course provides an introduction to the theory of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Its three main elements are (1) the rudiments of music theory, (2) musical harmony, analysis, and practical training, and (3) obtaining basic knowledge of organology.

Students will be introduced to key terms of western music theory, including its notation, keys, intervals, scales, etc., as well as the basics of harmony and voice leading. Beginning with music fundamentals, this course covers all the topics necessary for a thorough and critical understanding of undergraduate music theory by focusing on music in context.

The course and the course materials used will links each of the issues that comprise a tonal theory curriculum, explicitly and critically connecting written theory (writing and analysis), skills (singing, playing, and dictation), and music-making outside the theory class.

Selected works from the history of western music will be studied an analysed. The course will also provide an overview over the historical development of harmony, counterpoint, and musical forms. During the entire course students will deepen their skills by means of (almost) weekly rhythmic, melodic and harmonic aural exercises.



Music Theory



Students are expected to be familiar with music notation.


Required for

This course is required in order to take the following courses:

  • A&H 294 Intermediate Music Theory
  • A&H 296 Performance Practice
  • A&H 295 Music in Context